Set my alarm for 5 so as to get an early start.
Just realised my tent is locked in the hotel garage.
Long story, but got bike out last night due to the staff not being around till 8. So ready to roll but got to get my tent back. This isn’t a tour as much as a comedy of errors. Went down to the bike at 8 only to find my tent already there. Looks like I could have set off at 6 after all.
Very slow start to the day, just couldn’t get into it. Got going better about 15 miles in, but it was a long hot hilly day.
Got to the source of the Ruhr about 4. This being about 650 metres above sea level. For anyone local to me, that’s about 3 times the height of Garrowby hill.
After that I set off east towards the Eder dam. On the way I rolled down a massive hill and got my top speed of the trip, 42mph – On the brakes!
Possibly the hardest 55 miles I have ever ridden.
On the menu at chez Paul tonight mushroom fried rice.
Total miles 234