Just spoken to Dad. Not been great for weather today ... in fact it's rained most of the day! Not much fun when you are pedalling away. Also the area Dad is in is not that picturesque either! He was hoping to find a nice B&B so he could get out of the weather but couldn't find anything. He has dropped on a nice little campsite at Blackhall Rocks and they managed to squeeze Dad in. Its only cost £2.00 for the night. Dad thought that was extremely cheap and the owner said to Dad ".... I've been young myself". Think Dad should take that as a compliment! One slight draw back there are no showers. Think Dad could have done with a hot shower to warm up after all the rain today
Today's route has taken him through Ashington and Newbiggin-by-the sea where he again picked up cycle route 1 down through Blyth, Seaton Sluice (what a place name!) Whitley Bay http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitley_Bay and Tynemouth. He then followed the Tyne to North Shields http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Shields and caught the passenger ferry over to South Shields http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Shields. The bike went free and it cost Dad £1.10. Well worth it as it saved Dad pedalling all the way along the Tyne. Was not too pleasant cycling through the big housing Estates of South Sheilds but once he got back on the coast he cycled down to Sunderland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunderland and over the Wearmouth bridge and the river Wear. The route then took him down through Seaham, Easington, Peterlee and onto Blackhall Rocks.
Quite a long day today. Dad was about to start cooking up his cup-a-soup, beans and sausage followed by rice pudding and banana.
Part of the route Dad has been following over the last few weeks is the North Sea Cycle Route. He did say for next year he would do the bits he has missed out ! http://www.northsea-cycle.com/default.asp?id=1&ACT=5&content=1&mnu=1&lang=1