Wednesday 23rd July, Retford To Wellingborough90 Miles It was a slow day today. We started at 9am and finished at about 7.30pm. Unbelievable therefore that we only managed 90 miles. What would Jane have said? I can’t explain why it took so long - perhaps a touch of the mid-ride blues. I managed to fall off for the second day out of three. It was again in a rather pathetic way, by getting my right foot caught in the pedal. It was completely undignified and really rather pointless because we had taken a detour to visit Jane’s Gran’s old farm. After seven hours in the saddle I feel remarkably refreshed and could in fact have continued riding. I can’t say that I am looking forward to tomorrow’s ride into central London. however. The route is not yet planned and I have no doubt there will be a crescendo of complaints from my co-riders at whatever route I do choose. Sticking pins in the map seems a fair option at this point. I’ve even thought of cutting the corner off, but we probably wouldn’t get away with that. The countryside on today’s ride was really quite lovely and some of the villages were quaint in an old English way. It was quite hot today and my tan line is looking extremely embarrassing now coupled with fact we were smeared with oil and crap when we finished. The photos taken by the Northants Evening Post and filming by BBC Look North should be avoided by anyone with any degree of taste. BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration is joining us again tomorrow although I can’t figure out why anyone would choose to wish to cycle into London.