I’ll be meeting up with a number of friends along the way, some I’ve not seen in years, others I see often, some will pedal with me for a while and others will be there to cheer me up with a smile. Some can’t be there, but their words of encouragement are ringing in my ears. How blessed am I.
“A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” – William Penn
I went out for a ride today with my CTC buddy’s which rolled into
Northamptonshire and onto some lovely roads and through ancient villages.
Joining the ride today were John and Janice on their Tandem, they have both ridden LeJog more than once and we had a good chat about routes and strategy. I was reminded again about the brutality of the Cornish and Devon hills, which have to be ridden to really appreciate how hard they are, 70 miles is a long long way in the SW. Whilst not especially high they are shortish, sharp and never ending (until Somerset that is!). That will be the hardest part I reckon as in the past, I’ve ridden out of Cornwall on the A30 (the road of death), which is a series of long drags up and long descents, but with high banking means a rider doesn’t see much. Which only left Devon’s hills.
One more ride next week, a 100 miler to Belvoir Castle that includes 3 cake stops (important motivator) and then other than a short peddle on the final weekend that will be it – service the bike, pack the panniers and be ready begin.
Here are my daily route maps for Scotland, which is my favourite part of the ride. As with my earlier England & Wales post, these can be ‘zoomed’ into for my exact route, if you are anywhere nearby.
Day 8 – Thursday October 9th – Penrith to Moffat – 76 Miles
Day 9 – Friday October 10th – Moffat to Alexandria – 86 Miles
Day 10- Saturday October 11th – Alexandria to Glencoe – 70 Miles
Day 11 – Sunday October 12th – Glencoe to Inverness – 84 Miles
Day 12 – Monday October 13th – Inverness to Lairg – 65 Miles
Day 13 – Tuesday October 14th – Lairg to Bettyhill – 51 Miles
Day 14 – Wednesday October 15th – Bettyhill to Duncansby Head (Via John O Groats) – 54 Miles
Last week I published my high level route with planned daily stopping points. This week I have added the daily route I will be taking on Google maps. You can zoom in and see exactly where I should be passing through. I’ve no idea how or if I can link that to GPS my exact location at any given moment, however If you are anywhere near and want to say Hi or ride along, ring or text me or link in via Apple’s ‘Find a Friend’. My total is now £2099 (£2555 inc Gift Aid). I’m leaving for Cornwall 4 weeks tomorrow!
Day 1 – Thursday October 2nd – Lands End to Bodmin – 69 Miles
Day 2 – Friday October 3rd – Bodmin to Crediton – 75 Miles
Day 3 – Saturday October 4th – Crediton to Clevedon – 82 Miles
Day 4 – Sunday October 5th – Clevedon to Hereford – 63 Miles
Day 5 – Monday October 6th – Hereford to Whitchurch – 78 Miles
Day 6 – Tuesday October 7th – Whitchurch to Preston – 74 Miles
Day 7 – Wednesday October 8th – Preston to Penrith – 85 Miles
|The ‘Final’ Route for my End 2 End ‘It’s not about the Bike’ Lands End to John O Groats Ride starting October 2nd 2014In aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Macmillan and Crohns & Colitishttp://www.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilBarker1