Thank goodness, a fairly straightforward ride today after the weekend's excitement. Early start and across from Dumfries, through Gretna and into England. I too the National Cycle Route 7 which avoids the heavy traffic and lorries. Strangely, there are no ‘You are now leaving Scotland - welcome to England’ signs - absolutely nothing - so it wasn’t until I was almost in Carlisle that I knew I had got back over the border. Stopped at Carlisle Castle... ...before heading of to
Really tired today after yesterday's epic cycle-a-thon but onwards and upwards. Today I've cycled from Fenwick to Crocketford 68 miles. A huge thanks for the words of support on Facebook, it's really appreciated and huge huge thanks to everyone who's donated to the charities. It makes a massive difference to me and really spurs me on. Back to England tomorrow, at some point during the day, through the fabulous Lake District National Park cycling from Crocketford to Pooley
It's been a tough couple of days cycling over the high roads and low roads of Scotland and I've ended up today lost and cycling over 100 miles. Not ideal after cycling 288 miles in the past 5 days. Still the view at Loch Ness was spectacular.... Day 6 cycling from Spean Bridge to Tyndrum 70 miles. Up at 0600 and onwards to Fort William and the Great Glen and the much awaited ride through Glen Coe . It did not disappoint . Magnificent from start to finish and worth the effo
Loch Ness.... nuff said! Today was Alness to Spean Bridge 66m Down the A82 the length of Lock Ness down to Fort Augustus . Then took the Caledonian Canal towpath to North Laggan where my b&b awaited. Appropriate curtains in my honour!
Woken by a cuckoo this morning at 4.30...not something I write everyday! Left the lovely Tongue at 0700 and headed South. As you can see it was another gorgeous day . Down past Crask Inn and onto Lairg and Bonar Bridge. Stopped to admire the views from Bonar Bridge....then off to more stunning views over the Moray Firth. Then up and up and up over towards Invergordon on the toughest climb I’ve ever made- a 3 mile climb which I never ever want to repeat ( Lake District next w
One of the toughest days of the ride along the north Scotland coast from Upper Gills to Tongue. 60 miles of relentless hills and in glorious blazing sunshine. I'm not really complaining about the weather because it has been stunning. Those skies look more like the Caribbean! Here are some of the views en route between John O'Groats, Thurso, Bettyhill and Tongue. Heading south tomorrow to Alness via Dalnavie a 67 miler. Less than a 1000 miles to go!!! Thank you for your do
Overnight from Euston to Inverness - what a lovely City! After a short walk along the banks of the river Ness back to the train station to travel to Wick. The original plan was to get a taxi up to John O’Groats but decided to cycle the 18 miles instead as it was such lovely day forgetting about the strong headwind. Schoolboy error! Arrived at John O'Groats, 2 miles east to Duncansby Head lighthouse, which is the most easterly point on the UK mainland. Very early night toni
Crikey, can't believe I'm off tomorrow....how did that happen? It's been head down training for the last 7 weeks through all the weather conditions....wind, rain, sun you name it I've ridden in it. I've been aiming for at least 70 miles on a training run and trying to get to an average of 13mph...as you would expect some days are tougher than others, especially with the torrential rain of last week. Anyway, I'm all packed and getting ready to head off tomorrow. I will trave