Day 1 - Friday 23 June 2017
Route: Driving from Aldershot (HOME) to Penrith in the Lake District
Departure Time from Home: 10:30
Arrival Time at Penrith: 17:10
Time in the Saddle: 05h40m
Day Distance: 321mls (499km)
Tour Distance to Date: .321mls (499km)
Tour Time in the Saddle: 05h40m
Evening Venue: Foundry 34 - 34 Burrowgate, Penrith, CA11 7TA
Everything was packed and I was ready to go at 10:30. The day turned out to be full of traffic... Taking the M1 instead of M6 North turned up 4 higway accidents with traffic, as usual, piling up for miles in both directions! Riding high-ways does help to cover the long distances to get to your touring location faster - but is really not very eventful riding. Engaging ipod mode is essential while the Beamer eat up the miles
Light rain in the last 10mls before Penrith. I found parking for the bike on the side road next to the hotel - Foundry 34. Room 2 was allocated and turned out to be directly above the bike parking.
The hotel brasserie was lively with locals and travellers reflecting on the day over a drink and a nice meal - this is the way to start the weekend. I indulged in a Swan Blonde - a Lake District brewed ale - while updating the blog. Supper was started with "Duck Liver Parfait" with "Rolled Lamb Shoulder" for mains.