Day 9 Umeå to Örnsköldsvik sponsored by Kerry’s

The cell doors were opened at 7:30 am and the weary inmates emerged, both cyclists and backup crew alike. The bars and cafes of Umea had been like emeralds amongst the treasures of this very metropolitan city.
So onto day 9, a further 70 mile winding ride to the coastal town of Örnsköldsvik in relatively mild weather conditions.

With no breakfast facilities at the accommodation, the cyclists quickly mobilised and got under way, heading for the first grub spot en route.
Some of the backup crew decided to try and maintain their fitness for momentum and went for a run along the river side.
After, what’s becoming the traditional coffee at Espresso House, they hit the road.
Battling through road works and entertaining arguments with the SatNav we arrived at our destination.

The cyclists had an eventful ride too with Paul having another fall! To be fair, the ride today was far suited to mountain bikes so with the wind it made for interesting times. No injuries though thankfully.

Örnsköldsvik is quite a picturesque harbour town, with a good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. Our accommodation for this evening couldn’t be more perfect, a bunkhouse situated right on the front of a marina, very clean with good facilities and 5 minute walk into town.
Once settled in, the backup crew headed into the centre to pick up the usual provisions (deep heat, Ibuprofen and ear buds for Paul).
Then on to meet the riders for a quick beer before showers and food. They all showed up with smiles and in high spirits after an amazing lunch of sausages-very large sausages. (The back up team enjoyed ham and cheese baguettes in the ICA supermarket car park- and they think they have it hard lol).

All in all definitely a better day. It’s hard to think the ride is well over half way and this time next week it will be done. The consensus at the moment is that it is definitely a cycle challenge – challenge being the operative word most definitely.

The forecast for tomorrow is good and as its Sean’s birthday tomorrow too, a few beers are on the cards. Roll on another 100 miles.

Gary and David