Leaving London Heathrow Airport with nothing but two wheels under our feet and all of our luggage (for the next year) firmly secured to our Tubus racks was nothing short of exhilarating. The traffic was a bit tough, riding on the other side of the road took getting used to and these first couple days were long – but – we were going to see Le Tour. What better way to start our tour than being at THE Tour.
The ride from Leeds to Malham was the beginning of the great beauty we would experience on this trip. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District were equally stunning, and then what do you know it, we were in Scotland.
Our trail skips a bit here, because we drove in a car from Edinburgh to Bath. This was an unfortunate evil (as I look back on it now we should have kept on going north into Northern Scotland) but we had a ferry to catch and Istanbul is in the other direction. These two days were beautiful, and SO hilly. By the time we traversed Dartmoor National Park I didn’t know if I could ever ride up another hill. (This map isn’t exactly correct, as we rode straight through Dartmoor National Park).
All in all, the UK was great. We were just getting started, and so had nothing to compare it to. But I miss the small, windy and hilly roads of the UK and the beautiful countryside with stone walls as far as the eye could see.