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It’s not long till I will be getting comfy on my cycle seat and that is where I will stay for four days as I cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End, 880 miles in 4 days (I hope as I can’t stand the thought of it taking any longer!). I will be setting off at 4am from John O’Groats on 20th September 2012 and will be cycling on average 14–16 hours per day depending on weather conditions, this doesn’t include lunch stops and alike, so with that in mind I will be surviving on about 4 hours of sleep a day if I am lucky!
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Mon 24/09/2012 15:32 – Cornish pasty in Cornwall
Only 60 miles to go to the end!!!!
Mon 24/09/2012 07:06 - Severe Weather Warnings
Severe weather warnings for Devon and Cornwall was the first thing I heard when I switched the TV on this morning!!! Let’s hope it is a tail wind and it blows me to Lands End quickly, must remember to change my brake pads again to make sure I stop and don’t get blown over the ‘End of the Land’
Sun 23/09/2012 21:26 - So near, but too far
Due to getting to Shrewsbury at midnight I didn’t wake until 6am so left at 7am. If I knew then what was going to happen today with weather I would have left earlier. I made good progress and was in Hereford by midday. Vicky’s (one of my support team) parents came and met us there with pasties and to show their support. It had started to rain by then and boy did it rain. The next 16 miles were hills after hills before reaching the River Wye and following the valley to Chepstow, a beautiful, I must remember to go back in the summer. Across the Severn Bridge, wet and windy was an understatement. We went through Bristol and headed south on the A38. This was tough work, these are real hills, and to make things worse it was windy and pouring with rain. I was soaked through, shivering, my left knee had packed up and had lost all feeling in my left hand, so that’s when I decided to call it a day and go and get myself fit and ready to complete the ride on Monday.
You won’t believe my disappointment that I didn’t complete the ride in 4 days. If I had had perfect conditions, some idiot hadn’t locked my bike away when he knew I needed it at 4am, I would have been able to do it.
Has been an emotional roller coaster again today especially due to not completing the ride In the time frame I had said, really sorry guys, but – am sure you agree 5 days still isn’t bad, maybe next time (never will I email Kerry again on a drunken evening and set myself up with something so ridiculous, this has taught me one big lesson) Can I thank you all for your amazing support, emails, texts and comments on Facebook, it has been those that have kept me going throughout Lands End see you sometime Monday
Sun 23/09/2012 21:06 – Saturday – The best day so far
An early start again at 5am. Freezing cold but stunning sunrise as I started heading south, although obviously the lack of sleep and numerous pain killers must have kicked as I thought I was going the wrong way thinking the sun should rise on my right hand side so why was it on my left. I had also started to hallucinate too so maybe it was the pain killers.
A frosty start but as soon as the sun came up it was the first time I could get rid of the thermal top and wind cheater and I could show off the Western & Oriental branded cycling kit!!!!
I conquered the Shap with ease and took in the amazing scenery down the other side coming into Kendal, a stunning area (Even Stalin is a convert, saying its not that bad up north).
Continued through Lancaster, my flat mate came and gave me support in Preston (her home town) and then through Wigan (scary town) and arrived in Shrewsbury at midnight. All in all a successful day of riding but still not far enough to get me to Land’s End on Sunday
Sat 22/09/2012 09:22 - The Shap
For those that don’t know it. Its where the countries highest motorway passes through and I am now about to ride over it.
New brake pads fitted ready for the ride down the other side.
Feeling the pain today and getting tired as surviving of 3 hrs sleep a night.
Sat 22/09/2012 07:17 - Cumbria
Hills hills and more hills are all I. Can see
Sat 22/09/2012 00:40 - Night Rider & Comets
I was going to call today ‘The easiest day became the hardest’.
It should have been easy. Fairly flat or downhill most the way. Riding through spectacular countryside, beside icy cold rivers and through quaint little Scottish villages, BUT the day started badly when the hotel manager had locked my bike away and I couldn’t get it until 06:30 so was 2.5 hours late leaving, and already 1.5hrs behind schedule after not reaching Perth Thursday night. (Hen followed a puncture, one so bad I had to get Vicky and Stalin to come and deliver a new inner tube. Try cycling around the ring road of Edinburgh was almost impossible and took and hour longer than planned.
At this point I could have broke down and cried as I didn’t want to let every down by not making it in time.
The day then improved with a stunning ride across to Abington and then heading south along one of the best cycle routes I have ridden all the way to Carlisle, hit a top speed of 39 mph and average of 23mph.
Did my good Samaritan bit after finding a motor cyclist and his daughter pushing their bike as they ran out of fuel. I called Vicky and Stalin for help and they came along with a supply of fuel so they could be on their way.
Stopped in Lockerbie for Steak and Chips which gave me the energy boost I needed for the next 30 miles in pitch blackness. Along the way I saw something quite remarkable. A Comet flying through the sky it looked quite low and was disintegrating along the way.
I am still slightly behind schedule. But if I have a good day Saturday I think I can still make it.
Fri 21/09/2012 09:53 - Not a great start
The frigging hotel manager decided to lock the garage last night when we were told it would be left open so didn’t get my bike till 6:30. Oh well gave me another 2 hours sleep but means I’ll be cycling till about 11pm as need to try and reach Kendal. Weather is glorious this morning, so that’s one good thing. Currently in Milnathort and heading for the Edinburgh Ring Road and then cut across country to Carlisle and onwards. Still confident I can do it in 4 days, arriving Lands End late night Sunday.
Will keep you updated
Thu 20/09/2012 22:29 - What an emotional day
Early morning – Joy that I was on my bike doing what I love, especially at sunrise, a spectacular sight.
Midday – Happiness that I was on schedule and still feeling Ok considering I had already cycled over 100 miles.
2PM – Anxious as I was running late due to the number of hideous hills in my way
4PM – Pride after reading all the comments from those that are following me on Facebook and replies to my emails.
6PM – Horror at the thought of riding for 2hrs in freezing rain, uphill while cycling over the Pass of Drumochter.
8PM – Disappointed that I didn’t quite reach Perth but the A9 was dangerous enough during the day so didn’t want to risk riding it in the dark and fog so stopped 26 miles Short at Pitlochry.
Arrived soaked through, freezing cold and aching. Let’s hope I can move when I wake up at 3am.
Thu 20/09/2012 11:02 - Just outside Inverness
Half of today’s ride almost over. Cold and wet start but just had a change of clothes and ready for the next 120 miles to Perth!