What's it all about?
At the end of September 2012 I completed a cycle from Portsmouth 2 Penzance a total of 273 miles! raising money for Children In Need is the Plan. This was also be a personal challenge for me as I haven't been cycling in over 25 years and that was only for fun nothing serious. On top of that have a prolapsed disc, was 46 years old and at the start of 2012 a bit over weight, well lot over weight really, since then I've lost nearly 3 stone! So I opted to do the big one, John O'Groats 2 Lands End on May 6th 2013. The End 2 End or P2P (point to point, as it's sometimes called ) around 1000 miles! This time I had company, Colin, a friend from work, who has said he is as mad as I am and would like to come! This blog contains that story....This event is in memory of the sad passing of my mum on 17th of April this year having lost her fight with terminal Bowel Cancer.
I guess you'd call it the sequel, I have decided it would be just rude not to go back the other way!!! so May 2015, with a new friend, Pete and with Alan driving a support vehicle ( luxury) we plan the classic Lands End to John O'Groats, also known as LEJOG. Mad ? yes I think we must be.
Ok it's definitely starting to take shape not Lands End to John O'groats May 2015. Lots of background stuff taking place, where to stay routes etc and of course who's coming! Also fantastic new logo supplied by Richard at digitalhope Ltd. Can't thank him enough for his time. This will all be revealed when the new site is up and running. So the wheels have well and truly started rolling :-) more soon
From the Roundabout at top of Cosham, ride along Havant Rd, toward Drayton, up Farlington Ave, ride along top of Portsdown hill, drop down past front of QA Hospital, Southwickhill road . Turn right at the traffic lights at the bottom. down and round the roundabout and straight up the Hill ( A3 London road) to the Goerge PH. Along to top to Farlington Ave , half way down turn into Seaview and then drop down Portsdown Ave to pick up the Havant road again. Along to the roundabout past the Red Lion Cosham and this time up and past the front of QA Hospital that you passed coming down earlier. Up to the roundabout. Along top again past the George PH and then drop down The Hill (London Road A3) to the roundabout again...Job done ! I've not done it fast but it's a good work out
But now there's a plan... next year May 2015...the return trip Lands End 2 John O'Groats.. the sequel!! . In celebration of my first ride, I have had my very first Tattoo, the bike shape spells JoGLE ( of course John o"Groat Lands End 2013) :-)
Anyway The ride went wet.. I mean well.. No knee pain and did 32 miles with a few good hills. So fingers crossed no lasting damage . I looked at a cycling injuries book when I got back ( yes sadly I own one) and discovered what I think I had. The pain in the knee started as an ache as was specifically the inside edge of the kneecap , nowhere else and Plica Syndrome perfectly fits the bill, as is quite an unusual place to get pain. If you really want to know about it I have attached a scanned piece from the book.
Still plan to post a map of the whole route on the blog along with some more final thoughts, things I might do differently, reviews of items etc.
So what now? you might ask. Possibly doing a 101 mile Wiggle ride round the New Forest over to the IOW and back in a month. The plan for next year is currently a 3 day London Paris ride with Scott coming, as he's said he'd like to do something. Although Colin did say yesterday and I quote ........" We 'ort to do it the other way round, you know just to see what its like !"
Watch this space