1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Final Thoughts

I had achieved something that I had always wanted to do, to cycle from one end of the country to the other.   I had achieved it within my original plan of 9 days, an average of 100 miles a day.   I had proved to myself that at nearly 40 I was still in […]

1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 8 Trumpet to North Petherton

And so into the second week of my journey. I left Trumpet at 9:15 and quickly settled into my rhythm again.   After just over an hour I turned the corner and saw the welcoming sight of Gloucester Cathedral in the distance – I was really beginning to feel back home again.   I sped […]

1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 7 Stretton to Trumpet

We had breakfast at the Little Chef next door to the Travelodge.   Dad was suffering from a hangover from his couple of pints from the previous night so did not feel up to a cooked breakfast (he only had two pints!). I was on the road again by 09:00 heading south to Whitchurch where […]

1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 6 Penrith to Stretton

I was woken early with a cup of tea and loaded the bike onto the car and dad transported me back the 20 miles to where I had finished the previous evening.   It was a very quiet and sombre journey for some reason, probably the thought of tackling Shap, this time on my bike. […]

1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 5 Galashiels to Penrith

A real hot summers day today.   I left Galashiels just after 9:00am and had a good ride for the first couple of hours.  I turned off the A7 at Hawick onto the B6399 to avoid the traffic and headed cross country.   The scenery was really pleasant but the sun was a scorcher.   […]

1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 4 Pitlochry to Galashiels

I anticipated this to be one of the longest days today, getting down towards the Scottish Border and hopefully meeting up with Mum and Dad.   I left Pitlochry at 09:30 and managed for the most part of the day to keep off the main A9 which was a blessing.   I had a minor […]

1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 3 Tore to Pitlochry

After a good breakfast, left Tore and headed south to Inverness and the bridge over the Moray Firth.   I stopped here to take a photo and to adjust my saddle-bag which was getting closer and closer to the back wheel.   I only had today and tomorrow and then I would meet up with […]

1997 John O’Groats to Lands End – Day 2 Wick to Tore

I left Wick at 09:30 after a good breakfast and climbed steadily for several miles.   It was a glorious day, blue skies and a cooling breeze.   The first big test of the ride came at Berridale (which I had been warned about), which was preceded by a pleasant ride down into the valley. […]