Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 1

Day 29 - Garstang to Morecambe

Today I took the A6 all the way to Lancaster. Here I stopped to buy food and dropped into a cycle shop for advice on my front mech which was not changing very well from 2nd to 3rd. This turned out to be the chain guard getting in the way.

The Trangia gas conversion kit had failed this morning to provide any gas, so I had cold bransticks for breakfast rather than hot porridge. I phoned up the Bangor shop for advice, and they suggested first that it may be a faulty valve on the gas cartridge. I visited millets in Lancaster to try an alternate cartridge. This worked so I bought 2 small gas cartridges. I tried the original cartridge this evening as a last resort to discover that it was working again. So I am now carrying twice as much fuel as I need to and the volume of the packaging is significant. It turns out to be a temperature problem with the cartridge valves.

Mary in Millets is a harp player who has just finished a degree in music (classical). I asked her about folk sessions in Lancaster and I write them down for when I am back in the area.

I cycled to Morecambe on an old railway-cycle path. This was very good and well used by the locals. Then from Morecambe I went to Heysham Port to buy some ferry tickets to go to the Isle of Mann. This was a total of £38 for a return ticket with the bike going for free.

I cycled back to Morecambe and chose the better looking of two campsites, but this was £11 a night.

I spend a long time this evening trying to plot a course through the lakes for the next couple of days. I also send back another parcel of items I feel are unnecessary - I send back scarf, maps and my 2nd pair of cycling shorts for weight reduction.

Photograph of Lancaster Railway Station
Lancaster Railway Station!

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