The road not travelled

When we left at 9:30 it was 2degC, quickly dropping a degree.

There was a lot of ice on the road which meant we could not get over the top of Hardknott Pass.

We had a walk around before turning around and heading back the way we had come. We stopped at Woolpack Inn for espressi (€4.00) where we were told that Wynose Pass had been closed since Saturday afternoon. We took small windy roads to Coniston where we visited The Ruskin Museum. Other than documenting the history of the town and its 1000 inhabitants, it also has an entire room dedicated to Blue Bird.

This contains the wreckage only recently recovered from Coniston Water. We had lunch at Robinsons Crown Inn. I had a half pint of Strongbow Dark Fruit and Dave had a Unicorn. We both had fish finger buttys and a side of chips to share (€23.20).

From there we went to Millom and bought sweet treats from Thorntons. We arrived back at Brockwood Hall at 15:30. The high was briefly 8degC today. Dave and I then went to the leisure centre. Dave sat in the sauna while I swam. It’s been ages since I did lengths and it showed in my pace. After our exercise session we went for a wee dram. Highland Park for Dave and a Singleton for me.

We had a simple supper and a relaxing evening. We have finally adjusted to the two hour time difference which is a good thing as we need to be prepared for the late nights to come from Thursday onwards.


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