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YHA Day 6: YHA Clun to YHA Liverpool
    18/06/2013 02:19

Day 6: YHA Clun to YHA Liverpool

We bode our fellow Clun YHA hostellers farewell and did what any person heading for a day outdoors hates to do, start out in the pouring rain. And pour it did. Our destination was Liverpool and after a few small hills the terrain levelled out for the rest of the day. I've never cycled in rain before, and to be honest this was more of a deluge, a torrential downpour even, but our faces were not of disgust but of delight. It was really fun, jacket on, top gear, head down, pedal hard - soaked to the bone but loving it.

Day 6 Route: YHA Clun to YHA Liverpool
Mileage: 84 Miles
Song of the Day: Ferry Across the Mersey
Phrase of the Day: 3 pints please

The afternoon cleared up and we made our final approach into Liverpool. We headed straight for the ferries to fulfil one of Gareth's lifelong ambitions - to get a ferry across the Mersey. Alas, we missed the final ferry of the day by seconds. A train under the Mersey was our only alternative.

We arrived at YHA Liverpool and although we were a little late for dinner the staff had laid out a whole table of nourishing foods... there must have been a good 10,000 calories just sitting there, ready to be devoured by us. It was fantastic - thank you Richard and the team!

We had a day off cycling planned for the next day in Liverpool, giving us the opportunity to... relax, let our hair down. The next 36 hours are a mildly patchy, incredibly joyous Scouse soup of memories, full of bars, warehouses, lasers, music, beer, pubs, no bikes, sinking yellow duck attractions, the dog's hair in the Baltic Fleet and plenty more shenanigans.

We all had a few things we needed to do on our day off, some of which were achieved... not many, but some. First on the list was to visit the nearest public house and sample their finest beverages. 

This was expertly achieved by all parties to great success. Next on the Day-Off-To-Do-List was 'Wash Bikes'... Tom and Gareth managed to muster up the energy required to perform this task admirably. All I could manage was lying unconscious in the sun on the warm comfy grass next to them, the occasional white fluffy cloud racing past in the shape of a frog, music on volume 11.

Then came the reverse, I managed to manoeuvre my sleepy head into town and have some of the worst passport photos ever taken of me and then post them almost forgetting to address the envelope, whilst the other two fell unconscious by Albert Dock. It was one of those days, you know.

We did take some time to have an exploratory wander around Liverpool. It is a fascinating city, stark, dark, architecturally epic - all around you old merchant buildings, ship yards, docks... the modern design of the new shopping district and the imposing, towering beauty of the famous Liver Building. Tom's nautical past got the better of him and he went for a stroll around the free to enter maritime museum. Gareth got arty and took himself off to The Tate to search for meaning in his hangover.

By Harry Hosteller

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