Thanks everyone for chipping in with some ideas and encouragement. I'm currently sat in Kendal ready to go but there is a lot of rain coming down already, which is supposed to lift later today. There was torrential rain across the Lakes yesterday evening so I am glad I didn't set off when planned. I think I am just going to go for it, I don't mind cycling in the rain (really?) so long as I have dry clothes to get into once my tent is up. My panniers are full and I have checked to see if I can do some stuff but everything looks 'essential'. Do I really need so many clothes - 4 short sleeve cycling/running tops, 2 long sleeve, 2 thicker long sleeves (one for emergencies!), a fleece body warmer (that I love cycling in!), a thinish lightweight windstopper, a light raincoat, 5 or 6 pairs of socks and sealskinz, +warm socks? EDIT: I've decided to ditch a pair of all terrain trainers and just use my mountain bike cycling shoes. Is this a good idea? Also, I have ditched one of the long sleaves.
I really dislike the idea of getting stuck somewhere - like Durness - for a whole day just because it's raining - I think I would rather ride on. A rest day to me is relaxing in nice weather, hopefully/wishfully sunbathing, sitting around drinking coffee and reading a good book, whilst swatting midgies! I don't even particularly mind if it is cold as I am taking ample gear to cover all kinds of weather - unless it snows! What the heck does one do if there is a thunder and lightning storm and stuck in the middle of nowhere?
As I type the clouds are lifting and the sky is slowly clearing. Right now it's hard to believe that I am going anywhere!
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
H. G. Wells quotes