With 20 cycling days and over 800 miles behind us we are finding it harder to get up and get going in the mornings. Thank you to everyone for your messages of encouragement to date, please keep them coming as they are very much appreciated!

A long gradual climb through the Lowther Hills started today’s ride. These hills are long and sweeping and surround this area completely giving you the feeling of being low in the sea with a gentle swell all around you.

Wind farms taking advantage of the elevated position are plentiful, although today was hot and still with the blades of the turbines hardly moving.

One of the first habited areas was the village of Lesmahagow, which had a delightful display of flowers planted in welly boots hanging from the fence of the primary school there.

Good use of old wellies!

Riding downhill into Larkhall we stopped on the bridge over the Avon Water as a unusual water feature caught our eye.

Very mesmerising!

It was a steep climb out of Larkhall and through Chatelherault Country Park close to Hamilton. On leaving the park the route followed busy city like roads and frequent industrial sites where junctions needed to be crossed using the cycle crossing lights which made it much easier.

The cycle route was also following the signs for the famous David Livingstone Memorial Park in Blantyre where we stopped for a drink in the shade.

We caught the rush hour traffic on the last few miles to our B&B at Uddingston on the outskirts of Glasgow, but it was very satisfying to be pedalling along the cycle lane next to stationary traffic.

Remote cycle path.

Total distance today 37.5 miles

Total Hill Climbs today 1,739 ft