A series of nights out to bid farewell to those leaving for new shores is usually the routine if people decide to emigrate. That was certainly the case when one of my friends announced he was moving to Australia.
Plenty of beer and fine food was consumed as we enjoyed a going away dinner, a going away lunch, a farewell pint and a bid you adieu breakfast. That was obviously enjoyable, but he also wanted to mark his departure in another way.
“Let’s cycle from Hull to Liverpool” he suggested, in the pub of course. This idea wasn’t as silly as it first sounded. After some research we agreed it was possible, by following a route known as the Trans Pennine Trail.
According to the AA this path across the north of England takes just over two hours by car and, as the name suggests, the journey brings you through the Pennine Mountains.
Four of us were interested in this adventure and came up with a three-day schedule that sounded achievable; 60 miles on Friday, 70 miles on Saturday then 50 miles on Sunday.
Some shorter training cycles were completed by three of us prior to embarking on the task, fail to prepare and all that…….
The fourth member of the crew, Dave, didn’t even own a bike. Instead he decided to hire one the night before we were due to catch the train from Merseyside to Humberside to start our voyage.
You can find Day 1 of this epic trip here.