Jennifer Kettle recalls her experience of a 100 mile night cycle from Carlise to Edinburgh, with a chippy stop and a cyclo-rave thrown in.
An amazing weekend. My first 100 miles and first full night ride, a big step up from my recent 70 mile rides. Starting at the base of Carlisle Castle we set off for the town of Moffat, 44 miles away. The cyclists took over the town and chippy while the midges had a banquet. The Devil's Beeftub followed, 7 miles of steady climbing in the pitch black, following all the cycle tail lights. It was pretty chilly at the top so my winter gloves and socks were a godsend. Out of the darkness came the laser lights and sounds of the cyclo-rave ?????? at the derelict Crook Inn to break up the darkness. Stopped off for a dance with Bananaman and a heat by the fire before carrying onwards to Edinburgh, 38 miles to go. We reached Edinburgh a little after sunrise (long story) but our friends and family were there to meet us with a bbq on the beach. Given I was on first name terms with the glamorous TV presenter (Lucy Rattrie), I am hoping I have made the edit for The Adventure Show. Form an orderly queue for autographs. ??