Our train tickets, with the all-important cycle tickets, are now booked for all four segments of the journey:  home to Bristol; Bristol to Penzance; Inverness to Edinburgh; Edinburgh to Birmingham and home.  The sector from John O'Groats to Inverness is with a minibus and trailer service.

The map-case for the printed map, the cycle computer and Garmin GPS

The complete route has been plotted using Memory Map and then printed (as a .pdf) in A5 pages before being colour printed and wire-o bound into 4 separate volumes, each of c60 pages.  The maps are the Ordnance Survey 1:50 000, but with the scale reduced slightly.

The same Memory Map routes have been converted to .gpx files and uploaded to the GPS through Garmin MapSource as a file for each day

These are the places where we'll be staying overnight :  Land's End, St Wenn (Bodmin), Crediton, Clevedon, Bromyard, Whitchurch, Garstang, Brisco (Carlisle), Crawford, Luss, Fort William, Dingwall, Helmsdale, John O'Groats and Edinburgh on the way home.

The rebuild of Rob's 1975 Galaxy is complete. 

A complete strip-down for the frame and forks to be powder-coated in metallic red - then rebuilt with a new bottom bracket, headset, brakes, cables and chain together with a new front rack - all other parts have been re-used.

The luggage is a new (old stock) pair of Karrimor panniers and an Altura bar bag.  The small bag on the front rack is for tools, parts, tubes etc. and a lock.

Waterproofs will be stored in the top netting pockets on the panniers

The route is agreed, the maps and .gpx files finished, the overnight accommodation bookings made - we're all set.

Steve will be joining us for the Crediton - Bromyard leg, and Aidan from Bromyard to Whitchurch.