Leaving Alnwick, it was raining good outside. Truthfully, I wasn’t looking forward to this ride with the weather, but putting on some tunes and all layered up, it was time to pedal. Within twenty minutes I was soaked but continued on my way. A few hours went by and I pulled into Seahouses town where I decided it would be good to grab a coffee and warm up. I could barely feel and move my fingers and my shoes were completely soaked. After enjoying a nice warm coffee, I got up to pay to find out one of the sweet lady’s that had been in the coffee shop paid for my meal! This made my day and since she left without me knowing what she had done, I say thank you! As I started to ride again, the storm finally broke and the wind picked up to where it felt like I was riding sideways. Arriving into Berwick Upon Tweed, another day on the bike and the Coast and Castles Cycleway was in the books.
Waking up in the morning, I decided enjoy the town some and walk the old Elizabethan Walls of Berwick. It was a cool walk showing the bastioned town walls on this English-Scotch border town which had been over many times throughout the centuries. As I hopped on the bike, the sunny day left and it started drizzling as I caught cycleway 76 staying along the coast and ‘Round the Forth’ of Scotland to bring me into Edinburgh 70 miles away. A few hours into the journey it started pouring and I got drenched and cold. Pulling into Dunbar, I ate some excellent fish and chips to help refuel me as I dried off and I was on my way again. The last 35 miles were joyful and sunny to begin with and then rain came again and soaked me back through. Following the coast into Edinburgh I had made it! Some great views to finish the journey and boy was I happy to have a warm shower with my feet being cold and wet all day long.
This has been a great journey so far and I have enjoyed it even with the crappy weather. I am tired of road riding and ready to get on some dirt. With the weather not being so favorable, I am taking a day to look at my plans and see where I want to go from here considering I’ve had one day without rain in the past eleven days. I would love to do the Highland 550 trail but would not want to get stuck up north without much support with rains, freezing temps, and possibilities of snow. Might end up doing some hiking instead! This is truly and adventure and I am still figuring out how to balance riding and sightseeing while I try and do so much with my limited time.