Lands End to John O'Groats Part 1

Roger and Richard Smith are doing Lands End to John O’Groats, here is the first part of the ride…

14 August 2010 21:06:23 BDT
We’re off! Done the prologue. Ten miles to Penzance. Left tools and wet weather gear in the hotel by mistake, fortunately we didn’t need either. Fueling up in an Italian by the harbour, ready for the first proper stage tomorrow.

15 August 2010 20:43:55 BDT
87 miles to Okehampton along the mind numbing A30. Hot sun all the way, but into a stiff head wind. Looking forward to getting rid of the saddle bags in two days time when the “support car” arrives.

16 August 2010 21:03:49 BDT
Here we are in Weston Super Mare. Another 86 miles done. Easier start than yesterday, more down hills than up coming off Dartmoor. 4 miles of climbing detour due to a road closure was most unwelcome. Lunch in busy Taunton. Bridgewater flats were welcome, but still into the relentless head wind. Into Wales tomorrow, saddle bags to be dumped into the support car at lunch time, halving the weight of our bikes, at last! Until tomorrow…

17 August 2010 20:45:54 BDT
First of all a big thank you for all of your emails and donations to the charity. Sorry we’ve not had the chance to reply to you all individually. 100 miles to Ludlow. Last 60 miles into the wind (again). First 40 from Weston fast and flat. Slight rain over the Severn Bridge into Chepstow where Wendy appeared at the roundabout at the same time as us! Incredible! Hot sun in the Wye Valley. A real slog up the A49 from Monmouth. Overall a satisfying day.

18 August 2010 21:05:00 BDT
Hi everybody, 84 miles to Warrington, we are now oop North. Best day’s riding so far, tail wind at times. Sunshine and showers. Met up with friends at the Carvery for a big feed. Cornwall is now a distant memory, half way point tomorrow and Scottish Border on Friday. Dad says his legs are fine. Mine aren’t, cycling must be an old person’s sport.

19 August 2010 20:29:01 BDT
With a following wind all day and sunshine we pushed on passed our hotel in Kendal up over Shap to Penrith – 102 miles. Now having dinner in pub in Penrith, with bikes on the roof rack of the support car. Tomorrow’s rain has arrived already, drive back to Kendal after pudding. Scottish border awaits tomorrow morning – halfway mark has been and gone. Thanks for the messages of support, keep them coming.

Comments 1

  1. Congratulations Roger and Richard on completing LEJOG. A fantastic achievement. This has to to be something we should all like to do once in our cycling lives.

    Andrew and Mary

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