Not a great start to the day.
When Nigel went to get the bikes out he realised that he had a puncture in the back wheel. We know how it happened. Yesterday, just before Elsecar, the route took us down a very narrow, stony bridleway. It had obviously been very overgrown but someone had cleared it with a strimmer. All the brambles and other vegetation were still on the path. It was a thorn that caused the puncture.
It took us the best part of an hour to fix it. A very nice man and his family then offered to help but unfortunately the job was done! They did give us a donation however. If you are reading this – thank you very much. We have been so touched by how friendly and helpful everyone we have met along the way has been.
We then rejoined NCR 67 – part of the Trans Penine Trail. Nearly the whole route today was off road and the first few miles were very easy going.
And also clearly waymarked.
After Barnsley, the track became more challenging and one of us was not pleased when we joined the Royston canal. However it wasn’t too bad and really rather attractive
including this beautiful lake.
The section after Barnsley had rather too many of these annoying metal barriers. Very difficult for someone with Parkinson’s.
We arrived at our hotel in good time despite the puncture. A bit of a treat this one and by another beautiful lake. You wouldn’t believe we are in the heart of the industrial north.
Janet and Bob were here to meet us with tea and cake! Delicious.
Does this photo remind you of anything?
Leeds tomorrow where we are staying with Dom and Anna. Sarah is there too and we will see Evelyn again.