Final Planned Route – 37 days to go!

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I’ve just completed the re planning for my route which was made necessary as my contract has been extended, so I need to be back for work on the 21st October.

This route at 1034 miles and tackling some stunning and remotest parts of the UK solo will be a great test of my legs and mental strength! If you are anywhere near these places, I’d LOVE to see you 🙂

The ‘Final’ Route for my End 2 End ‘It’s not about the Bike’ Lands End to John O Groats Ride starting October 2nd 2014

Detailed daily route plans to follow.

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A message from Sarah Outen: London2London Via the World

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‘Wishing you fair winds, sunny days and happy times as you take on these challenges. Keep on, Keeping ‘on….’

Sarah is currently Kayaking towards the western seaboard of the USA before cycling across the US then rowing home on her amazing journey in her rowing boat ‘Happy Socks’ , but found time to send me this message. Find out more and follow her as she continues her incredible journey http://www.sarahouten.com

Thank You, whoever you may be?

I want to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to the anonymous sponsors on my Virginmoney giving page. In every case where I know who the sponsor is I send a personal message of thanks in addition to the ‘auto’ response that I set up. In the case of 2 recent donations, I haven’t a clue who the generous folk are, so can’t thank you as I would like too.

Thank You though, you’re wonderful. 🙂

Welcome to the ‘It’s not about the bike’ bike ride blog (LeJog 2014)

 

Thanks for visiting my Blog. The initial purpose of ‘AboutNeil.com’ is to keep anyone who is interested, informed about my ‘It’s not about the bike’ Lands End to John O Groats charity Bike ride (aka LeJog or E2E).

Today has been quite a day in that respect as I’ve booked my rail travel to Penzance for the 1st October, leaving Peterborough at 08:12 and my return travel from Thurso on the 16th October, overnighting in Inverness and concluding with the Inverness to Peterborough trip on the 17th arriving home at 15:27. I’ll be 52 on the 19th. So I hope to celebrate that weekend! Suddenly it is all rather real.

This week I’m taking some leave and will be riding my bike as it’s a good idea to practice I think! Last time I did this ride was in 9 days over 863 miles in 1999 with a team of colleagues and full backup. I was 37 and rode myself into fitness. This time I’ll be riding further and I’m 15 years older, carrying my own kit and riding circa 1000 miles and climbing in the region of 30000feet and riding myself into the ground. My current route is shown in my subsequent posts.

One or two friends have expressed an interest in joining me for the odd mile or three. You are very welcome!

A lot can go wrong, and a lot can go right and my natural optimism (and endurance) will be tested. Was it Henry Ford who once commented “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t – You’re right”. One thing is for certain, I have to leave Thurso on the 16th October.

For the record, I’m aiming to raise £3000 for Sue Ryder’s – Thorpe Hall Hospice, Macmillan and Crohns & Colitis. My total is currently £1630 (inc gift aid £1975). Thanks to all who have sponsored me to date. I’m very, very grateful.

I’m still planning my route, having begun a detailed rework to ensure I’m off the Trunk roads wherever possible.

Why I’m doing this ride and why you may consider sponsoring me can be found at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilBarker1

If there is anything you’d like to see in my blog or would like to know – just ask. The blog is very much work in progress. If you do like it, please share it and help me towards my goal.

Thanks,

Neil