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YHA Day 8: YHA Liverpool to YHA Arnside
    19/06/2013 03:48

Day 8: YHA Liverpool to YHA Arnside

Liverpool was deserted when we left. The Sunday traffic gave us an easy exit, passing the docks and hugging the coast, it wasn't long before we were on Ainsdale beach eating an ice cream. This vast stretch of sand was a great resting spot. We were surprised its ridiculously bureaucratic sign didn't have an area for cyclists.

Day 8 Route: YHA Liverpool to YHA Arnside
Mileage: 75 miles
Song of the Day: 2 Unlimited, No limits

The day was rather uneventful until Gareth crashed. This spectacular fall happened at 5 mph pulling away from traffic lights. After somehow becoming attached to Tom's bike and being released at a new downward angle the only route was straight into the gutter. Chocolate was administered straight away and the only complaint was how small the grazes were. Similar to those attained in a playground.

We were all getting a little fed up of the A6 until, as if by magic, a signpost appeared for the Lancaster Canal. It gave us a much needed change of scenery and paved the way for the last leg into Arnside.

Our friend Ben was meeting us on arrival and he treated us topPizza at the Bake House. This small independent establishment was the perfect ending to our day. We sat and shared stories, with much pomp and enthusiasm. It's funny to think how inspiring our trip is for others. It's a real privilege to share our experiences.

It was late by the time we checked in at YHA Arnside but, as ever, the friendly and welcoming staff showed us the ropes and before long we snoring our heads off. Well Tommy was - again.

The Lake District is our next destination and it's one of our top trumps for the trip.

PS best I share the news about cycling the highest hill pass in the UK now

By Harry Hosteller

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