To the Middle….

Well, the day has finally arrived.
Today is the culmination of months of training, planning and preparation but…
The weather’s changed..we’re going North, up mountains..what equipment to take ?
Do we take hats and gloves, wet weather gear or summer lightweights?
There’s only one solution..take it all ..!

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Sheila, loaded for a big adventure..

The M6 was horrendous..a planned 3.5 hour trip took 5.5..wall to wall traffic but, we finally arrived at Kirkby Stephen around 5:30.
The plan was to book into The Jolly Farmer B&B, leave Sheila for 2 weeks and then take a minibus to St Bees.

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The Jolly Farmer…..

As we walked in we met the owner, a lady called Carol ( I think ).
She had a strange look on her face…..
It soon became apparent that there was a problem – we didn’t have a booking..well we did but Carol had forgotten it!
We sat in the lounge and listened while she phoned an ever increasing number of establishments in the local area trying to find us accommodation.
After what seemed like an eternity we heard her say “that’s great, thanks!” and we knew that we had a bed for the night!
Carol came back into the lounge to tell us the good news and told us that our new accommodation was in Ravenstonedale which was just “5 minutes down the road “. ” I’ll take you there” , said Carol.
We got back into Sheila and followed Carol for miles heading back towards the M6.
What kind of place were we going to that was at the bottom of Carol’s telephone list, we wondered.?
We soon found out..

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The Black Swan…..

Carol was so apologetic.
The Black Swan is an AA four star rated hotel and was AA pub of the year in 2012/13.
She paid for our room, gave us a £25 meal voucher and organised a (free ) packed lunch for tomorrow!

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Our shared starters..marinated olives, humous and pitta bread…

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Our main courses..tagliatelle with pancetta and chicken with puy lentils…

All in all that’s probably a result..!
So, tomorrow morning means an early start, a trip to The Jolly Farmer for breakfast and a minibus trip to St Bees..

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