Road to hell: John O’Groats to Lands End

As part of fitness training for the Dakar me and a friend had decided to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End.   We’d planned to do it at the beginning of Nov but as the rally bike took so long to prepare it got pushed back and back until it was at the end of the month.  I managed to meet up with one of my best friends, Kate in Carlisle and we had a great cycle through the lake district (in the rain) and ended up in Kendal.  I have been doing a little bit of training in Essex but it’s all flat so i wasnt used to the mountains, however it all seemed to go quite well apart from an annoying squeek that my bike was making that once my ipod batteries ran out was bound to drive me mental!!!  Luckily we missed the horrendous storms in Cumbria and must have just got the tail end of them.

Left Kendal at about 7.30 this morning after Kate falling down the stairs in the B&B (she’s more accident prone than me) It was very amusing and there we alot of people having an early breakfast.  We had 2 hrs of riding in the wind and rain, i had panniers on the bike and most of the time it felt as though someone had hold of them and was trying to drag me backwards so im binning them tommorow.  Also had enough of the music on my ipod already so bought a little radio which was fab.  We cycled about 70 miles today and are now at Kates Aunties in Blackburn stuffed after eating a fantastic shepards pie and trifel.  Maybe i’ll stay here tommorow as well. 

Kate riding up some long long hill somewhere

We are off to Macclesfield tommorow and are planning to be in Lands End on the 1st Dec. 

Oh yeah Kate’s Auntie lives on road A666.  Road to hell!!!


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