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Land’s End to John O’Groats – Day 9 and 10

What a difference a day makes or, put another way, when the sun shines out comes the smiles.  Sunday 13th July or Day 9 into the Lands End to John O’Groats ride was the best of the trip so far for outstanding scenery in Cumbria as we left Kirkby Lonsdale and passed through the historic towns of Sedburgh, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby-in-Westmorland and Brampton, the team covered 93 miles on a day difficult to better.  A brief stop at Pendragon Castle for the students from West Buckland School to scale the ruins was followed by a lavish picnic  on the pavement of Appleby. This was rounded off by a brief glimpse of Hadrian’s Wall as the team approached their overnight stop at Carlisle.  Drizzle on Monday 14th, Day 10, as the team set off again could not dampen spirits after the day before.  They crossed the border into Scotland by mid-morning, another major milestone and reached Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, a distance of 65 miles.  Tomorrow’s task is to navigate through Glasgow to camp on the banks of Loch Lomond with a well earned rest day the following day.  We have been bowled over by all the heartfelt good wishes on our journey.  Too numerous to mention, we are enormously grateful for the comments of support received such as the one that reached us today – “Good luck and all best wishes to the kids (and accompanying adults!) on this great ride! We were at the camp site in Kirkby Lonsdale when these weary young adults rolled in, representing a fantastic cross section of teenagers today and presenting a face of which we as a group were very proud to see. You all deserve the credit which will surely come your way and the cause for which you are riding is fantastic. We will follow this ride until the end in just over a week’s time, and would like to say to all those who group the youth of today as one under achieving body, please look at these kids and be inspired. The best of life and luck to you all.”  This article is brought to you by travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

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