Posted: July 31, 2012 in not running
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I’ve been more than a bit quiet in BlogLand recently. Usually that’s because I have nothing to say or I’m too tired or too busy. Most recently it’s been all 3…

… Until now.

I have time – I am currently staying away from home so can write this in the small hours without fear of little people waking me up early (and I can have a lie-in… We’re talking maybe 8:00am).
I’m not tired – I’ve no idea why not. I should be really.
I’ve got stuff to say – … and here it is…

Last week, starting on Sunday, I was part of a group of nine people (here we are…)

20120731-003410.jpg who took part in a John O’Groats to Land’s End, relay cycle over 5 days. We would cycle in pairs (or sometimes three) and cover 50-60 miles each over 2 legs (with a rest between each leg) each day for the 5 days?

The journey to Scotland from Nottingham did not start well as this:

Caused this:

And I had enough time while it was being fixed to doodle this:

And even superimpose this:

20120731-005406.jpg but a very nice man eventually fixed it and we made it to Edinburgh for a night of restful luxury being woken by snoring, before being greeted by this:

20120731-005919.jpg for breakfast and heading on to J-O-G.

The evening before we started, I fancied Going just a little further north than John O’Groats so took a little dip…

20120731-010741.jpg which, I have to say, was a bit on the nippy side.
Shortly after that photo was taken it started raining for pretty much 3 days. Scotland should have been full of wonderful views but it was mostly foggy and wet. Here’s a few rare moments of clear and notsoclear-skyness when I got my camera out…






…Have I bored you yet? Well done if you’re still with me. The first days just involved packing away wet tents, cycling, being wet, hardly drying off, putting wet stuff back on, cycling, putting up wet tents, eating, sleeping, and repeating the above.

Then, after nearly getting blown off a bridge…

20120731-012412.jpg…the sun came out.

And I got burnt.

20120731-012729.jpg See! Blue sky!


I don’t know what to say about the cycling really other than I like the flats or gentle slopes but could easily live without hills in my life. I maxed a speed of 42 miles per hour. Nobody got severely injured and we all made it to the end ๐Ÿ™‚




Ok… I am tired now. And I must actually sleep or I’ll need to get up before I’ve gone to bed.

  1. fortnightflo says:

    Fan pics and sounds amazing – how long did it take?

  2. abradypus says:

    Congratulations, muchly-lots-of-a-cycler!

  3. Congratulations! Did you prefer JOG or LE?

    • Mmmm…. JOG was quite bleak and cold and rainy and we were 0% through our ride…. BUT I had a lovely swim.
      LE was warm and there was a lovely sunset and was 100% of our ride and had champagne waiting for us…. BUT it was proper commercialised.
      If I was to choose one for holiday… It would be LE. More in and around the area to see and had the weather to let you see it.

  4. plustenner says:

    That is absolutely amazing! How about TR24 next year??

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