2020 Lockdown Challenge Day 4…. Wonderful Wirral

Day 4 of my 1,000miles in 10 Days…
I was really looking forward to this one when I decided to head to the Wirral. Spent many “Sunday Day Trips” as a child going to either New Brighton, Hoylake or West Kirby.

Dad always went Via the tunnel, but once we took ferry to Birkenhead (happy memories). At West Kirby we would sail our toy yachts on the lake when tide was out. Now I have to confess I haven’t been back as an adult!!
Sadly my route planning let me down as it was a big mistake heading thru Warrington & Daresbury as traffic and lights were all horrendous – I never want to see Brian Bevan Island Again 😫😫! Then there was that horrible stretch of road alongside Stanlow Oil Refinery – busy with trucks and speeding cars (and I did that stretch both ways 😲… thankfully much less traffic on way back!)

Once I got to Birkenhead I used the coastal promenade/path and it was delightful watching ferries and other boats on the magnificent Mersey Estuary!
A good breakfast stop at New Brighton where the sun finally broke the early low clouds!

The cycle path after Hoylake disappears because of the Royal Liverpool Golf Course, so a brief spell back on the roads ensued before I picked up the fantastic Wirral Way (former Railway Line) which is a whopping 12 miles long running all the way to Neston.

I then worked my way back to Helsby then up thru Preston Brook and Appleton before finishing at Lymm Services off the M6 where Mrs T had agreed to meet for car journey home!
I simply HAD TO take a photo at the sign of the best road name around – “Queastybirch Lane” – rode past loads with Danny Collins and others & never stopped as they’d realise I’m a bit “odd” 😂😂

Amazingly (again) I missed the rain! Been in the car less than 5 mins and we drove thru heavy rain over Thelwall Viaduct & it has rained on & off rest of afternoon, before the big thunder storms we’re having tonight!
Mudguards are on ready for tomorrow as my luck can’t last 😂😉😉
I had a repeat performance with my thigh muscles – agony on any incline for the 1st half of ride, then felt good for remainder! I guess it’s being old and muscles needing longer to recover is why.
So, 400 miles in & I’m still enthusiastic and hoping my legs hold out! I’ll see what tomorrow brings 🤞🤞🤞🚴🏻‍♂️

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