We had a rest day today . We had a lovely breakfast before setting off up the cycle track on the A59 into Preston. Once there we checked the venue for this evenings concert. Then we rode onto the town centre to tourist info. They helped us to find a place to stay. We didn’t want a long ride after the concert and so decided to get a room for the night. We are in the Ashfield hotel. It’s not as luxurious as last nights B&B but fine.
The weather was warm and sunny nearly all day so we rode to a couple of shops and got stocked up with food for a few days. Preston has a very long history and is mentioned in the doomsday book of 1080. In 1179 the town was granted a ‘Guild merchant ‘ charter and every 20 years this is celebrated . This year they have put in a 21 mile cycle ring around the city as part of this years celebrations.
The parks are superb examples of Victorian gardens.
We went along to Avenham park just after 3.30 pm with our picnic stuff and got a good pitch and we listened to the choir rehearsing.
It was so good to catch up with people we haven’t seen in years and that they ‘are still our brethren in the Lord’.
Lots of people were surprised that we had had cycled so far in such rotten weather. The forecast for next week isn’t looking too promising. It we press on tomorrow. We have cycle about 320 miles now.