Over a couple of beers in the Masons Arms on the last evening, Steve Monks and I pulled together the final plans to ride the Fred Whitton the next day!
Meet in Windermere at 7.30am and head off from there!
I woke early, loaded the car and then scrapped the ice off the car's front windscreen - it was 2 degrees on the car's temperature gauge as I pulled away and there was frost on the fields as I left Kendal, it felt like a lovely cold and clear winters morning, but we were heading off for the Fred Whitton!
Gearing up in Windermere we could just feel the first rays of sun on our backs and we new this was going to be a fantastic day.
Passing by Ullswater early morning after our first pass which was Kirkstone Pass
Looking down into Buttermere after cycling through Keswick, up Borrowdale and over Honister Pass
Heading up over Newlands Hause towards Winlatter
Just about to head up over Hardknott Pass and the Wrynose Pass after cycling from Winlatter and down the west coast
Me pulling over the top of Wrynose Pass - next time I'll ride a triple and have a 32 on the back!!
We had a fantastic day out, the weather couldn't have been any better - 180km and over 4000m of ascent! - thanks for a great ride Steve