It’s three years since the last TransAm – crossing the Southern Tier! It was a great ride, starting from the quiet sunny roads of Florida, edging around the Bay of Mexico, before taking on Texas and then mountain range after mountain range, with a quick crossing of the Grand Canyon thrown in before a few moments snowbound in Nevada.
The Northern Tier is a great attraction – the Great Lakes, the big spaces of the prairie, then the Rockies, perhaps even Canada and Vancouver Island. It’d need to be during the northern hemisphere summer and we’d very likely join various Adventure Cycling Association routes.
Talking of Lakes, we went cycling in the Lake District last weekend. The tide was in at Morecambe Bay so it felt properly coastal. St Patrick’s Chapel was surrounded by Spring flowers, a ruin on a rocky outcrop. I didn’t realise that St Patrick was a Cumbrian according to a major tradition, not Irish by birth. The ancient chapel, St Patrick’s, at the end of the Bay dates back to 1000AD perhaps earlier, and is believed to be at the place where St Patrick landed from Ireland. Although we had to do a bit of biking on the A6, not ideal, it was a great day’s ride from Arnside to the very end of Heysham by the grey bulk of the nuclear power station, with a distant view just of offshore wind turbines (the past and the future ways of generating energy). The circuit around the southern end of Windermere is hilly but has some gorgeous views of the mountains. Spring flowers too, and a pleasant ferry crossing at Bowness. The photo is from the ferry.