A delightful day of windless sunshine up the flattish north-east coast. After the headwinds and hills of the previous two days, my bike felt like an electric-assist model.
I struck north from Durham this morning to Chester-le-Street, where I joined the Coast to Coast route east to Sunderland. On the rare bit of scenic path on that stretch, running alongside the Wear, was this Sustrans sculpture. As you know, they often commission artworks that reflect things local to the area that you see a lot of en route, such as this one, of a dog turd.
The route from there north along the coast to Newcastle is glorious – perhaps it’s the surprising abundance of light, air, greenery and space that makes it such a pleasure. On a sunny day like today, with friendly locals stopping to chat, it was an utter delight.
I finished in country park just outside of Ashington, in a prebooked Premier Inn. I can promise you, the pleasure of reclining in a steamy hot bath, while listening to Radio 3 with a bottle of wine, bag of crisps and Co-op cheese sandwich, after a full day’s cycling, never seems to lose its novelty.
Miles today: 52
Total miles so far: 156
Total miles since Flamborough: 146