On this site you can find out all about my 1062 mile solo cycle journey from Lands End to John O'Groats between May 16th and 30th 2009. Just use the links above or to the right to navigate.
So why on earth did I attempt this? Well, about a year ago I had lunch with a friend who mentioned she'd done this trip, solo. I couldn't stop asking her questions! It all sounded like such a great adventure! I filed it away in the back of my mind as something I'd very much like to do one day.
After being handed a promotional flyer for a London to Paris cycle ride it reminded me about LEJOG. As I wasn't running a Spring marathon, suddenly it seemed like a very good time to do it. The idea was hatched and the plan formulated with only 12 weeks preparation!
It all seemed like a very good plan... until it dawned on me exactly what I'd taken on! More than 1000 miles of cycling over 15 days... that's an average of 71 miles per day... every day... for 2 whole weeks!
I commute 9 miles on my Brompton bike each day. And I occassionally do a ~30 mile ride leisurely with my boyfriend, Chris. But that's it - I'd hardly call myself a proper cyclist! So I was prepared for this to be rather difficult!
On top of the actual cycling I had so much more to think about and prepare: the route planning, research, navigating, accommodation, kit, bike, charity, training and much more!
The trip didn't disappoint. It was one of the most amazing times of my life! It was incredibly hard work at times but so rewarding. If I had to pick one highlight of the trip it would be cycling through the Yorkshire Dales. It was so beautiful it made me cry!
There were several reasons for this...
1. The prevailing wind in the UK is south westerly. So cycling north eastwards, there was a better chance of having the wind behind me.
2. Cycling eastwards should mean that the sun wasn't in my eyes.
3. The very hilly parts of the route were over and done with first. In Cornwall the roads go OVER the hills, rather than round them. There are of course some very hilly parts of Scotland, but the roads are more gentle gradual inclines, rather than many steep ups and downs that there are in Cornwall & Devon.
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