Thursday, 29 May 2003

Day 6 - Ludlow to Chester - 69 miles

Started very late after staying overnight in Birmingham - not on the road until 12.30.

Not holding out much hope for today, but the ride turned out to be fantastic. Ignored the guidebook I've been using (which does tend to recommend rather circuitous B roads) and took the A49 towards Shrewsbury and Whitchurch, then the A41 to Chester.

The road was busy, but followed a river and train line, so avoided hills even though it passed the Long Mynd - the hills seemed to disappear as you approached them and the road threaded between.

Weather sunny, but not too hot. Stopped in Shrewsbury for a drink and chatted to a former double bass player from the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) which Clare and I see regularly.

A great afternoon too, feeling really good. My first visit to Chester and find it really charming, walking around the pretty half-timbered centre before heading to my B&B.

Chester's Eastgate Clock - Not hard to imagine WAGs shopping here...

Today's route:

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