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FOREST C.C. LEJOG

Lands End - John O'Groats 1000 miles in 9 Days
Mar 31 '13
Job Done! Full report soon :)

Job Done! Full report soon :)

Mar 30 '13
Mar 30 '13

Day 8 - Glen Coe to Dingwall

7h50m, 157km, 1634m Climbing

SUN!

We left our Hostel this morning under blue skies. Cruising along Loch Linhe to Fort William on glassy-smooth Tarmac was an absolute joy. With very little wind the surface of the Loch Lochy was a giant mirror to the towering mountains above.

After a quick lunch in Fort Augustus we made good time over the day’s only (but brutal!) climb and down into Beauly and onto destination.

All in all a gorgeous day on the bike! Only one day left!!!

High Point: Euro grade Tarmac!

Fact of the day: Dwight is the the big-ring King.

Mar 30 '13

Day 7 - Lanark to Glen Coe

10h00m, 180km, 1656m Climbing

Excuse the late post; no Internet last night! We started our day with a few steep hills leaving the Clyde Valley. Arriving in Glasgow just in time for rush-hour and a very fraught city traversal.

After escaping the grime of the industrial outskirts of Glasgow we began our run of Loch Lomond. The scenery was spectacular but the washboard surface and extended faux-plats up to Crianlarich really, really tested us.

Lunch was most welcome and some much needed roadside support (and some Banana Soreen!) from dear friends got us on our way. The afternoon rewarded us with the incredible sights of Glen Coe and some tasty descents, made it all worthwhile!

High Point: 40mph descents through snowy mountain valleys.

Fact of the day: The pain in your bum is all in your mind.

Mar 28 '13

Day 6 - Carlisle to Lanark

8h30m, 156km, 1676m Climbing

We’re in Scotland! We cycled here from Cornwall. What!?

Slightly easier day today although there were some moments of pain to remind us of yesterday’s epic. Crossing the border was a great feeling! Cue Pine Forest, BIG hills and beautiful open landscapes.

We’re now heading back to our 80’s-Chic B&B after dinner at the opulent Cartland Bridge Hotel in Lanark.

High Point: At least 10km of tailwind!

Fact of the day: The low-road is in fact, faster.

Mar 27 '13

Day 5 - Eccleston to Carlisle

12h02m, 196km, 3112m Climbing

Woah, big day! A milestone in endurance and progress, today was not only the longest and most climb-ey day but also marked our half way point to John O’Groats!

Conditions were predictably tough with an average temperature of -1.8°C and more strong, Northeasterly wind all up in our faces.

The landscape is really getting big now. We saw some stunning views over the Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. We can’t wait for more of the same in Scotland!

Everyone worked really hard today and overcame great physical pain; mostly in knees and bums! Now looking forward to a nice home cooked meal at Ms Yardley’s family home in Carisle :)

High Point: An energy-gel and real snow SnowCone.

Fact of the day: Dave feels EPIC!

Mar 27 '13
Had a slight technical glitch with the live tracker today but here’s a photo to wet your apatite before a proper update later.

Had a slight technical glitch with the live tracker today but here’s a photo to wet your apatite before a proper update later.

Mar 26 '13

Day Four - Much Wenlock to Eccleston

10h30m, 175km, 1650m Climbing

The Shropshire Hills showed us how much snow they’d had this morning. 8ft Deep drifts and black ice slowed progress and after descending the hills a savage headwind did its best to tire us but we hacked our way through to a well-deserved Sanger in Nantwich.

The afternoon passed uneventfully as we rolled (well, battled more headwind) through the Lancashire towns to Eccleston, home of a certain Mr Wiggins.

A hearty pub meal went down a treat and we’re all glad to be in a comfy B&B before a BIG day tomorrow.

High point: Sticky Toffee pudding!

Fact of the day: Cheshire looks the same as Essex.

Mar 25 '13

Day 3 - Bristol to Much Wenlock

10h30m, 165km, 2150m Climbing

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. Now we’re making headway! I can’t believe how far up the country we’ve come already.

We rolled out of ‘Brizzle’ this morning in light snow and meandered through the Avon lanes to the mighty Severn suspension bridge (well the little one anyway). Across the water we climbed abruptly onto the Brecon Beacons and despite the ever present headwind, made steady progress towards lunch just outside Ludlow.

Entering Shropshire was a reminder that so-far we’ve gotten off lightly weather-wise compared to much of the country. Our last leg cruised through expertly snow-ploughed roads up to Much Wenlock (site of the first modern Olympic Games).

Unfortunately here we find a snowed-in, power-cut and firmly-shut hostel. Oh dear. Luckily our guardian angel support driver, Evelyn, had arranged accommodation in Leominster, 20 miles back in the direction we’d come from!

Another giant Bolognese and a glass of wine later and all are a-slumber zzzzzz.

High Point: Getting buzzed by an RAF Tornado jet fighter in the Wye Valley.

Fact of the day: Between us we will make 2.5 MILLION Pedal-strokes on our way to John O’Groats.

Mar 24 '13
DAY 2 - Okehampton to Bristol

10h30m, 151km, 2540m Climbing

Devon is hilly int it? In our first test of mettle today we overcame the following:

- A county with no gradient less than 20%

- A whole day under 0°C

- Several miles of decent mountain biking on road bikes.

We started the day leaving Dartmoor in light mist and made pretty good progress. We were eventually hindered by punctures, unexpected off-roading (see pic), and a lack of food. We eventually checked into Bridgewater for a much needed lunch.

Our final stretch into Bristol was a real test of endurance with sore legs and dropping temperatures (-4°C!) coming into play.

After a corking descent into Bristol from Dundry Head we arrived at our YHA with frozen water bottles and one hell of an appetite! Now showered and sat at an all-you-can-eat diner :)

High Point: The Waterfall that thinks it’s a road.

Fact of the day: Dave does NOT give up!

DAY 2 - Okehampton to Bristol

10h30m, 151km, 2540m Climbing

Devon is hilly int it? In our first test of mettle today we overcame the following:

- A county with no gradient less than 20%

- A whole day under 0°C

- Several miles of decent mountain biking on road bikes.

We started the day leaving Dartmoor in light mist and made pretty good progress. We were eventually hindered by punctures, unexpected off-roading (see pic), and a lack of food. We eventually checked into Bridgewater for a much needed lunch.

Our final stretch into Bristol was a real test of endurance with sore legs and dropping temperatures (-4°C!) coming into play.

After a corking descent into Bristol from Dundry Head we arrived at our YHA with frozen water bottles and one hell of an appetite! Now showered and sat at an all-you-can-eat diner :)

High Point: The Waterfall that thinks it’s a road.

Fact of the day: Dave does NOT give up!