Friday, 18 September 2015

Lejogle - Day 14

It was a late start today, it was after 9:50 when we left the site. We spent quite a bit of time trying to find a route to Glasgow on which we both agreed but gave up in the end as I wanted an indirect route to avoid a long stretch of dual carriageway but it involved a lot of changing of roads and we couldn’t get dad’s sat nav to go that way.

In the end, I gave my dad the postcode of an Asda in Hamilton (about 40 miles from the start and about 30 miles from where we would go our separate ways) and we agreed to meet there as we would lose each other while going through Glasgow in any event.

I met with dad after about eight miles and then we went our separate ways. A couple of miles later I made a wrong turn and, while I was checking my sat nav to see which road to take, my dad rode past. He was having sat nav problems but neither of us is sure how I overtook him.

I found my way to Glasgow reasonably well and was following the route as best I could; I knew which road I would go into Glasgow on and I knew which road I needed to get out of Glasgow but I couldn’t work out how to go from one to the other. As I was going along there was a fork in the road and I was taking the right side when a taxi pulled along side and the driver said that I couldn’t go along that road (it was heading for the M8) on a bike, so I went to the left. This then meant that I went through the centre of the city as opposed to slightly to the south and that I wasn’t on roads which had signs to tell me where to go. I tried to go straight on as far as I could but then used my sat nav when I didn’t know where to go. In the end I found the right road and eventually found my dad who had been waiting for quite a while.

The rest of the ride was pretty uneventful (well for me, dad took the wrong exit on a roundabout and ended up on a motorway. I almost made the same mistake) and the weather stayed dry all day.

I arrived at the campsite at about 17:20; going through Glasgow (I think that I lost about15-20 minutes at junctions and traffic lights) and going shopping at Asda had meant that it was a slow day.

Tomorrow we’ll be going back into England and stopping at Kendal. The route will be the reverse of the ride up, so hopefully we will be able to navigate it without any problems. The forecast is looking dry.

Distance Today - 88.6 miles
Distance from John O'Groats - 352.3 miles
Total Distance - 1,241.7 miles

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