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 .
The next day was a long 528 mile drive home. Thanks to our family and friends and people who sponsored us I think this will be my last sponsored ride
Fridays ride from Monmouth to Clun after doing 7 miles in an hour we decided forget trying to stick to minor roads and use A & B roads instead. Our ave speed went from around 6 mph to over 10 mph. We did the 23 mile ride to Hereford in just over 2 hours. Found ourselves a great little café for once had a relaxing lunch, then set of for Clun we made Clun by 4.33 we had a little bet what time we would make it for I said 4.30 not bad
Yesterday Tuesday went spinning Kate’s session 10.30 am just took it nice and easy, Lunch time went for a ride to Denstone and back about 20miles to make final check on our mapping system in sat navs before our big ride. Mowed the lawns when I got back home glad i did because its raining today. After a quick bath waited for Karen get home from work then we went to Regents theater to watch Blood Brothers not been theater for a long time and we both enjoyed it. So all in all Tuesday quite a busy day but good day.
Today just doing final checks on kit and things to do and get, made myself a list very organized and ticking things of as I go along. Phoned my sister Joan who is making us lunch as we go though Wigan on the middle Sunday 19th May so a big thanks to our Joan.
Great ride yesterday 97 miles with Cheadle Cycling Club ride was to raise funds for Katharine House Hospice, I made a donation of £15 because I didn’t do any sponsorship for the event. Even thought Me and tom had Garmins Sat Navs we still got lost a couple times all added to the fun and it was my longest ride since being run into on my bike glad to say legs OK this morning. Well this time next week we should be just about setting of from Lands End on our !000+ mile ride hope the weather as good as today
Had a good 43 mile ride with Tom and Nick went to our cafe at Foston once again Hazel made us a great beans and scrambled egg on brown toast. We also introduced Nick to Babe the new pig. When will this wind stop boy it was hard riding back and bloody cold as well its May next week come on sun time you was here. Me like an idiot decided fingerless gloves would be warm enough wrong decision me thinks. Any way move on the doctor gave me some tablets to help with tendonitis in my wrist also help take the swelling down in my ankle, ankle still swollen but my wrist felt a lot better today not half as much pain only problem they give me a lot of turbo boost from my bum Tom and Nick not to impressed, but if stops my pain so be it. And even better when two of us have to share a room on our ride they may decide I would be better in the single room.
Had a good 57 mile ride with Tom went the longest way to Foston cafe and Tom made a new friend Babe check out photo we had a really good day, and later tonight I’m going to Pilates going to torment Erica miss Pink not seen her for a while looking forward to it
Tom,Nick,Jan, Simon,Phil and Mick all went to do the Midlands Monster today, I was just not up to doing them hills yet. So Paul said he would ride with me today along with Carol, Amanda and Elaine We decided to do the Shugborough ride and it was a really good steady ride, we came back a different way than normal it made it a longer ride but cut out all the hills which was good for me and boy did we have a laugh even Paul managed to upset a snotty woman in the cafe. And the rest of the gang had a good ride at the monster so all in all a good day and a steady 50 miles