Coasts and Castles (Harry & Mike)

Harry Burton and Mike Phillips also rode the Coasts and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Their intention was to recce the ride with a view to a possible club tour. Other than at the start in Newcastle, they encountered bad weather — rain, strong winds, and cold — so it was not a pleasant experience. In places there were rough tracks that made for difficult riding on a touring bike. It demonstrates how the weather can make or break a ride, as a week later David Billington’s group, following a similar (but not identical) route, had a quite different experience.