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News from the road as Rob (the webmaster) & Jon ride LEJOG

Train from Birmingham, via Bristol, to Penzance and cycle to Land's End on Sunday 6 June 2010 : on the road from Monday 7 June 2010 - arrived at John O'Groats on Saturday 19 June 2010

The messages below were all transmitted during the trip - e-mailed direct to the website.


 

Final day
Saturday, 19 June 2010 20:24

After lunch in Wick it was only 17 miles to go but into what must have
been a 20mph headwind it took almost 3 hours! I achieved my first
average for any day on a bike of below 10mph!
One long drag then a reward of the Orkneys in the distance, regroup
with Rob - the final hill he crested first his only one of the trip!
To the signpost but no photographer. Staying in the Seaview hotel,
which has a surprisingly good menu.
Minibus to Inverness then train to Edinburgh. Train on Monday to
Birmingham.
Would I do it again?
No chance but then that's what Rob said five years ago.

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

 
We're there!!
Saturday, 19 June 2010 16:31
At JO'G - but annoyed to find no photographer at the official signpost.
Really tough day although only about 55 miles into a constand wind.
Off for beer now.

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From Rob's handlebars
 
Windy to Wick
Saturday, 19 June 2010 12:24
Now having lunch after a VERY, VERY windy ride from the last stop.
900 miles up ... Just the 16.8 miles to go.

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From Rob's handlebars
 
Day 13 continued
Saturday, 19 June 2010 10:56

Wind is relentless. Two cakes and a coffee later i'm in another bus shelter. Now half way for the day a few miles short of Wick where it's going to be an early lunch.

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

 
Sat - early 11s
Saturday, 19 June 2010 09:47
Dunbeath after about 16 miles into the wind :-(
Hopefully some shelter as we continue north.

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From Rob's handlebars
 
Day 13 last day!
Saturday, 19 June 2010 08:28

Wind strength unbelievable - had to pedal down hill and was still below 10mph!
Just had a huge descent at over 44mph followed by a huge climb at 5mph.
Waiting for Rob in the first bus shelter I've seen. Had to put on waterproof trousers to try to keep warm. Had to remind myself a few times why I'm doing this and that the bowel cancer patients will endure much more.

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

 
Helmsdale nightlife ...
Friday, 18 June 2010 19:29
Not a lot! Dinner at The Belgrave Arms Hotel - served by the delightful Penny who told us that the hotel has good value single rooms and secure bike storage*

At about 55 miles from JO'G Helmsdale is a good overnight place for first/last night of the E2E ride.

* we're not staying there, but would have if we had known about it.

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From Rob's handlebars
 
Not far now
Friday, 18 June 2010 15:01
At Helmsdale with an early finish at 1540 after about 57 miles into the wind with very little shelter.

Met Tav & Pip (see calendar for 17 June start)
on their JOGLE ... using the Rob & Joe's JOGLE route (Journal 176, map on a CD is available for a donation to Macmillan)- they had a TAILWIND making it easy!!

Just over 50 miles for us to do tomorrow.
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From Rob's handlebars
 
Friday lunchtime
Friday, 18 June 2010 14:59
In Golspie for lunch - it's 1245 but no signal so sent later - another bacon & brie baguette!
Still the relentless headwind. :-( ..but glorious sunshine.

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From Rob's handlebars
 
Day 12
Friday, 18 June 2010 14:59

The best laid plans...
We thought today would be a nice, easy pootle of 56 miles. However, a fierce headwind made life much tougher. Still averaged over 12 mph though.
More gorse, foxgloves, Scottish bluebells (we didn't go in and out of them), oystercatchers and jackdaws.
Loads of tourist coaches and Scottish Energy vans a big and very dead red deer.
Met two endtoenders -see Rob's entry - luckily for them they had a tailwind. Saw first sign since Land's End for John O'Groats: nearly there!

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

 
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