With the rain hammering on the windows of their Clydeside loft apartment, Lionel and Simon decide to sit tight round the large dining table drinking coffee and eating porridge until the weather improves.
There's the Killie Pie taste test, talk of Simon's phobia of big spoons, and then discussion of his previous exploits on two wheels. Simon has ridden from Lands' End to John o' Groats, from Tring to Tromsø and tackled the Transatlantic Way in Ireland so he's much more experienced than Lionel at long-distance, self-supported cycling.
Finally, they can delay their departure no longer and the get on the road to Dumbarton via the Forth and Clyde canal. Dumbarton Football Club have a resident poet, Stephen Watt, who tells Lionel about the town and performs a poem he's written specially for The Cycling Podcast.
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