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LEJOG 2013

Post by IanT » 02 Jun 2013 18:28

Keith and I set off on 5th June to attempt the end to end, riding from Lands End on the morning of 6th June, hopefully arriving at John O’Groats on 15th June.

In total the route will be just over 1,000 miles in 10 days of riding. One or two folk have asked about the route, so without boring anyone with the details the overnight stops will be:

Upton Cross
Bridgewater
Northleach
Ashbourne
Harrogate
Newbiggin by the Sea
Edinburgh
Kingussie
Golspie
Wick

Not a standard LEJOG route in many ways but hopefully one that will set some challenges, take us through some great scenery and involve plenty of cake stops. On 9th June we’ll be on familiar club run roads for much of the day, probably cake stopping at Broadway Tower, amongst others, so drop either of us a pm if you want to hook up and see what sort of state we’re in by then.

No doubt we’ll post an update or two along the way. One thing’s for sure, after yesterday’s Weston run I’m expecting this to be a doddle. I’m just not looking at any of the the route profile…

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Post by Fred2637 » 02 Jun 2013 18:50

Good luck lads :D
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Post by Pedlo Mudguardo » 02 Jun 2013 19:06

Good luck fellas.

It's just a shame you couldn't have got a decent long ride in recently.
Oh hang on.....

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Post by dweben » 02 Jun 2013 19:24

With their new found long distance ability they can surely for LEJOG in 5 days ?

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Post by Neil Compton » 02 Jun 2013 19:28

Good luck guys. Enjoy. Looks like you will have some nice weather.

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Post by AlanW » 02 Jun 2013 20:21

Good luck guys, you will really enjoy after you have finished. :wink:
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Post by Philip Whiteman » 02 Jun 2013 20:38

Would you like some expert advice as I know someone that can offer it? :wink:

Best of luck and keep us updated with your progress. Hopefully, yesterday's adventure won't have caused any fatigue. Your easterly route Harrogate and Newbiggin will be an interest variant on the normal route and possibly far more preferable than the drudgery of North West England.

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Post by Grogz » 02 Jun 2013 20:58

Best of luck, guys. What time are you expecting to be in Broadway? As 9th is Sunday, we could arrange a club run to coincide at Broadway or somewhere else along your route.

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Post by Philmondo » 02 Jun 2013 21:03

Best of luck to you both, have a great ride.
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Post by CakeStop » 02 Jun 2013 21:34

Good luck lads, have a great ride.
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Post by WorcsPhil » 02 Jun 2013 22:45

Good luck to you both and enjoy the ride(s)...1000 miles, 9 days and 50 excuses for cake, what could be a better way of spending this week?

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Post by George » 02 Jun 2013 23:53

All the best!

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Post by diggers » 03 Jun 2013 00:01

Have a great trip guys. May the wind be always at your back..

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Post by David Cole » 03 Jun 2013 17:52

Best of luck with the ride
I hope you have a good time

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Post by paul.farrell » 03 Jun 2013 18:00

Best of luck on your ride. It's cracking round Kingussie.

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Post by keith » 06 Jun 2013 23:13

Good first day 90 miles. Lumpy and a head wind. but cakes were super
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Post by charlotterp » 07 Jun 2013 00:55

I'm sure you'll have a beautiful day crossing Devon and Somerset but it's a shame you end up in Bridgwater, please don't let it spoil your opinion of this lovely county! Good luck

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Post by keith » 08 Jun 2013 06:58

Hard day yesterday seemed to be climbing into a strong head wind all day good fun though. We stayed at Burrobridge last night which was nice. Got some pan flat stuff this morrning.
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Post by IanT » 08 Jun 2013 19:37

To the hills of Devon, I say damn, damn you all. To the hills of Bath, I say damn you to hell and back. To the constant, relentless, hateful headwind of the UK I say please stop, you've made your point...

We're now well into the Cotswolds and looking forward to being on home roads for much of tomorrow, even though it'll be into a headwind...

Best

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 08 Jun 2013 20:07

Dear Jekyll and Hyde

The wind tomorrow will be a pestering ENE wind but from Monday you will have advantageous SE to SW winds.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Largely dry with warm sunshine at first, but a few showers in northwestern parts. A change in the weather into Tuesday, becoming cloudier, wetter and windier from the west.

Maximum temperatures of around 17-19C.

Enjoy Northleach as it is a pleasant little place.

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Post by David Cole » 09 Jun 2013 18:39

Ian and Keith
Good to hear that the trip is going well in spite of the head wind. I cycled into that headwind yesterday on the way to Bournville - a distance of almost one mile from my house. I complained bitterly, perhaps if I had to ride 1000 miles into it I would get used to it

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 10 Jun 2013 13:33

Dear Laural and Hardy.

Here is the latest weather synopsis to help you along your way.

Tuesday:

Cloud and rain will spread to all parts, reaching northeast Scotland by the evening, after some afternoon sunshine. Drier later in the south with some brightness possible in the southwest.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Unsettled with rain at times. Windy at times too, particularly in the south on Thursday. Brighter for a time Friday, but rain and strong winds returning into the northwest later.

SE veering W winds during the week.

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Post by IanT » 10 Jun 2013 19:29

Thanks Philip, that's a timely intervention with the weather, I was beginning to run out of expletives with the headwind. Enjoyable day yesterday, the headwind lessened and we managed to resist the temptation of turning for home as we passed as close as Knowle at one point. We were on the route of the Castleton audax by late afternoon and made camp north of Ashbourne. Stunning ride today through the Peak District and Derwent, less stunning as we skirted Leeds and now stuffing our faces in Harrogate. Hoisting the spinnaker for the Toon in the morning, looking forward to some flatter profiles later in the day. Half way there now more or less!

Best

Fortnum & Mason

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Post by George » 10 Jun 2013 21:51

LAJOG

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Post by Pedlo Mudguardo » 10 Jun 2013 21:57

Le Jog .

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Post by keith » 10 Jun 2013 22:28

Pedlo Mudguardo wrote:Le Jog .
What ?

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Post by CakeStop » 10 Jun 2013 22:31

Les Jogs occasionally
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Post by George » 11 Jun 2013 07:47

CakeStop wrote:Les Jogs occasionally
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Post by Philip Whiteman » 11 Jun 2013 19:51

Dear Hinge and Bracket

I am not clear on which route you are taking but here is some news for the Edinburgh area based upon a three week old observation:

- The Forth Bridge cycle path on the north bound (upstream) side is closed. However, the south bound side (downstream) is open and can be accessed from South Queensferry.

- It is not legal to cycle along the A90 between the city limits Edinburgh to the Forth Bridge. The appalling cycle path along side the A90 was closed for repairs recently. You may need to observe diversions. I believe that an alternative runs to the north of A90 nearer to the Firth of Forth.

Weather:

Wednesday:

Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle at first, but brighter conditions developing by afternoon to the lee of the Pennines. Further showery rain may return during the evening. Maximum Temperature 20 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Thursday, cloudy and breezy with rain or showers, but drier and brighter later. Friday, dry and bright start, but outbreaks of rain and stronger winds later. Saturday, scattered showers.

Brisk SW winds, strong W wind on Thursday

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Post by IanT » 11 Jun 2013 22:56

Many thanks for the update Phil, it is appreciated and we will look out for the diversions.

We're currently bivvying overnight on the north east coast after a great day of riding through north Yorkshire, county Durham and much of Tyneside. We stopped for food on Gateshead Quays and then crossed rhe millennium bridge and followed the Hadrians route to the mouth of the Tyne. Great contrasts of rural, coastal and urban riding and all with a splendid tailwind.

Coast and castles in the morning up to Berwick and then the borders as Scotland beckons, it'll be the longest day so far as we look to notch up 120 miles before overnighting in Edinburgh.

Best

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 12 Jun 2013 11:59

Dear Reggie and Ronnie

Here is some A90 NCN1 diversion info:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/f ... -diversion

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Post by AlanW » 12 Jun 2013 12:33

Well done Mork & Mindy, and I have to say that I am really jealous of you. Sounds like you are taking it all in your stride and enjoying it.
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Post by dweben » 12 Jun 2013 17:53

Bill and Ben -- did you really use bivvy bags or just trying to sound gruffer?? ;)

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Post by IanT » 12 Jun 2013 23:12

Something of an epic day, up the coast, round the castles, over the border, across the moors and into Edinburgh. A testing day for the chalfonts but we emerge intact after 116 miles. 121 miles in store tomorrow and we're armed with PDF maps of diversions - should be fun!

Over and out

Chas & Dave

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Post by Tim » 12 Jun 2013 23:22

Great going!

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Post by keith » 13 Jun 2013 22:24

We are in Kingussie. Did not think we would get here at one point due to the wrong type of wind and a terible surface on the cycle path. Switched to the glass smooth A9 just as the wind died down and we time trialed the last 20 odd miles in an hour. Hysterical !
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Post by David Cole » 14 Jun 2013 00:06

Och aye
Argyll and Sutherland
Best of luck with the rest of your trip
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Post by George » 14 Jun 2013 14:10

Keep it going, you two!

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Post by paul.farrell » 14 Jun 2013 17:52

Sasanachs !!!! :lol:

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Post by paul.farrell » 14 Jun 2013 17:53

keith wrote:We are in Kingussie. Did not think we would get here at one point due to the wrong type of wind
Are you on a train ???

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Post by keith » 14 Jun 2013 21:12

96 miles today to Gospie, good weather and a slight tail wind finnished just after six. ETA late afternoon toorrow So close we can smel, it or is that the unwashed shorts i
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Post by rdleaper » 15 Jun 2013 13:08

Good stuff Chas & Dave - keep it up!

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Post by keith » 15 Jun 2013 18:38

The eagle has landed
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Post by dweben » 15 Jun 2013 18:47

Well done guys! Assume you carried a pebble from Lands End to deposit in the sea up north? If not then back down south with ya! ;)

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Post by CakeStop » 15 Jun 2013 19:10

Congratulations lads - enjoy Tranquility Base and take no notice of the conspiracy theorists.
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Post by IanT » 15 Jun 2013 19:23

Thanks to all for the encouragement and comments, particular thanks to Phil for the weather and route updates from the Drayton nerve centre! Having run out of UK now it's time for us to put an end to this nonsense and go home. In a car.

Photos and random stats will no doubt follow at some stage for anyone daft enough to be interested!

Cheers

Saint & Greavsie

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Post by George » 15 Jun 2013 19:46

IanT wrote:Photos and random stats will no doubt follow at some stage for anyone daft enough to be interested!
We're looking forward to it!

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Post by Grogz » 15 Jun 2013 20:13

Well done, Tom and Jerry. Look forward to hearing your stories of derring-do.

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Post by paul.farrell » 16 Jun 2013 13:54

Well done gents, looking forward to the pics

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Post by David Cole » 16 Jun 2013 16:18

Doug and Dinsdale
Thanks for keeping us entertained for the last 10 days
Well done and congratualtions both

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