First of all sorry but I could not keep up with the blog during the ride some days just to long,also many B&Bs we stayed at on the last legs through Scotland had bad or no WiFi connection. The ride was one hell of an experience the 1st couple of days getting lost trying to keep on very minor roads this also added greatly to the time. Dartmoor was hell on earth very strong wind in our face, driving rain and hail. Stopped in Prince town we made the cafe look like a Launderette with our kit on radiators all over the cafe. Thankfully the weather got a lot better the next week or so the ride over Severn bridge and views something to remember. The Friday night stop at the pub in Clun good beer great pork pie but not much sleep had a singer on making noise in the bar till almost midnight.
The ride from Clun to Frodsham was easy apart the 1st 8miles or so met my Son Dan, Cath, Elliot granddaughter fast asleep in back of car 6 miles out of Frodsham. At Frodsham our wives waiting to meet us that was nice. enjoyed an evening meal with them Tom love the expensive Ice cream blob!!! on his pie. Sunday morning the wives gave us a good send of from the hotel on way to Clitheroe joined by Toms mate Bob stopped of at Orrell my home village near Wigan for lunch at my sister Joans Harold, Ruth, Phillip, Amanda and David greeted us. Left after lunch now also joined by The Wigan Hammer Steven Tabbener who rode wth us as far as Blackburn.
Our longest days ride nearly 11 hours was Clitheroe to Keswick 1st 20 miles sheer hell all big long hills followed later by the Lake district section up to Keswick, talk about a quick shower so we could get out for a meal and I think we picked the worse Chinese in England.
Left Keswick for Scotland and our ride on the Ghost rd no traffic B7076 and old A74 very long and boring ride stopped for a photo shoot Scotland Sigh and Gretna Green. Moffat to Balloch ride next day we took us round the outskirts of Glasgow and our worst B&B of the ride in Balloch.
The most picturest ride was Balloch to Glencoe the views of Loch Lomond and the ride up to and through Glencoe but the 20 – 40 mph wind gust in our faces will be something I will always remember and it was bloody cold . The following days ride to Inverness had our worst section of road or should I say track on a forest trail and our most interesting place to eat lunch on a boat on at Laggan Locks on the Caledonian Canal but owners could do with some happy pills.
The Highlands Inverness to Crask met a gang of cyclist on Kessock Bridge doing John O’Groats to Lands End stopped for a chat and Photos hope all going well for them. On route to Crask we met up with Karen Dan Cath and Elliot who stayed with us in Crask once again this section some great photos. The last day Crask to John O’ Groats 1st 30 miles mostly all down hill but we had to pay for that later on the north coast line 50 miles of big up and down hills but really great photo stops. I twisted my bad ankle 20 or so miles from the end but Tom and Nick nursed me to John O’Groats and I forgot about the pain when we reached the end had a big big cuddle from Elliot Riders who had jut finished and there family’s clapped and cheered us in, the 3 of us shook each others hand and we all said made it well done. Had our official photo taken made our way to the Sea View hotel for a well deserved pint, and I had the added bonus of my wife and family with me .