Happy for the rains to come
We began the day with a relaxed breakfast. It would be the last relaxed breakfast for another 6 days. As we approached the breakfast buffet we noticed a variety of interesting seeded loaves to choose from (photo on left). Unfortunately on examining the further we noticed a label which advised they were for display purposes only. The ‘choice’ of real bread was the photo on the right.
On the English breakfast menu was ‘smashed avocado on sour dough’,a favourite of each of us, so we ordered 3. We were informed that we couldn’t have the smashed avocado. When I commented the woman on the next table had obviously had the last avocado, we were told that we could have half a sliced avacodo!
Following breakfast we went out into Jesmond Dene to check a possible shortcut through to the Freeman Hospital tomorrow. It’s a delightful, narrow, steep sided wooded valley following the Ouse Burn and just outside the city centre. We decided the steep sided element wasn’t a good beginning to our 420 mile journey and we would stick to the slightly longer main road route.
Our friend, Jackie, who is providing support over the next 5 days had never been to Newcastle so we ventured into the city and down to the Tyne. It didn’t look it’s best on a very wet, grey miserable day.
Despite getting very wet as we trudged around town, we were happy that the heavy rains had started as the Met Office had forecast, as their forecast for tomorrow currently has between only 50% and 20% chance of rain when we’ll be getting in our saddles. That’s it for now. Our next posting will be from 90 miles down the road in North Yorkshire at the end of tomorrow. 1 more sleep!