Posts are like buses, none for 2 days and then 2 come in short succession! After 90 minutes and just before 12:00 yesterday (Wednesday) I reached John O Groats having covered the 17.24 miles from the stopping point last night. It sure felt good.
The place has changed beyond all recognition inthe few years since I last visited and for the better. Certainly a better place to arrive at than the monstrosity of an eyesore that is Lands End.
I was fortunate that a couple who’d also arrived offered to take my photos after seeing me struggling to get me, the bike and the sign post in shot – they sponsored me too!
After a refuel at the excellent new coffee shop with the large glass window facing the sea it was back ontothe bike for the 4.4 rtn trip up to Duncansby Head with its cliffs and sea stacks – an amazing site and what a fantastic cliff top walk that will be when I’m up this way next
This will be one of the final posts of this trip. I may do another based around my journey South and another to publish the actual route details and some stats and maybe another with some video links.
Thanks to all who have kept in touch, sponsored generously and left messages and even come out to see me – it is much appreciated. I’m very relieved that after the lowest point emotionally (last Wednesday, Preston to Penrith) I pulled my finger out and got on with it. It is a mental as well as a physical effort. Attitude really is more important than aptitude. I may not be the fastest cyclist out there, in fact probably the slowest, but I never know when I’m beaten, so I’m not!
If anyone is thinking of taking on this great cycling challenge, all it requires is time, training and effort. I have a lot of experience having done it now 5 times, (4x South to North and 1x North to South) with 3 supported trips with a team and two unsupported rides. Please ask.
If you haven’t sponsored me yet, there is still time, let’s see If the final total can top £7500? http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilBarker1