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.
Crash on route to work, snapped gear hanger, shredded pulley wheel, twisted chain and slight buckled rear wheel! Oh and the small matter of a twisted knee and back also not able making it to work. Rescued by my dear wife who is keeping the pain killers up, hot bath and has me lying down with raised leg with ice pack on the knee. Also she has gone out and got some spares for the bike, will see if I can repair it later as knee and back feeling a bit better now or the pain killers are fooling me! Feeling a bit battered and bruised but hope will be fit to cycle tomorrow if I keep up with ice and pain killers? More worried about the bike!
In theory you should be able to log onto the above on the day of the ride and then follow us live on the map to see where we are at any given time. I would be grateful if someone could do this to see if it works and will then post links to each day of the JOGLE ride.
On Friday Mum and I are doing a pre- record interview with Radio Solent. Not sure what date this will go out but expect it to be in April as this is national Bowel cancer month. So this will be good publicity for the ride but more importantly it will raise awareness of the disease and the importance of doing the screening. If you are reading this and have any concerns. check out the Bowel cancer website and/or seek advice from your GP. X http://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/understanding-bowel-cancer
Right you lot.....that sounds a bit harsh doesn't it, sorry about that but with less than 2 months till the big ride I need to try and get you to sponsor us please. How about a bit of fun into the bargain. I currently weigh 14 stone 8 lb in lycra, and cycle shoes (sorry if that's just put you off your dinner) How about, for a minimum donation of £5. Online (below link), you guess my finishing weight in stone and lb's? You can put your guess in the comments part of the sponsorship and the winner gets , let's say £10. from me. Obviously if you wish to sponsor more that would be fabulous. Come on have a go.
In the event of a tie, first one who guessed that weight wins. Colin, you up for this? Let me know your lucra weight...God that sounds so wrong.
Pre Day 1( 34.2 miles)Taking in Dunnet head ( Most Northerly on Mainland )John O'Groats and Duncansby Head ( most North Easterly point on Mainland) then back to hotel. We have this extra day due to Flight being changed to day before it was supposed to be ! Day 1 Dunnet 2 Bora (66.3 miles) Day 2 Bora 2 Fort Augustus (89.0 miles) Day 3 Fort Augustus 2 Crianlarich ( 81.5 miles) Day 4 Crianlarich 2 Irvine (81.1 miles ) Day 5 Irvine 2 Carlisle (100.3 miles) Day 6 Carlisle 2 Blackburn ( 97.0 miles) Day 7 Blackburn 2 Alsager ( 65.1 miles) Day 8 Alsager 2 Tewkesbury ( 90.1 miles) Day 9 Twekesbury 2 Cheddar ( 75 miles) Day 10 Cheddar 2 Great Torrington ( 80.1 miles ) Day 10 Great Torrington 2 Mawnan Smith (87.4 miles ) Final day Mawnan 2 Lands End Via Lizard Point ( Most Southerly point of mainland ( 52.8 miles ) For the eagle eyed amongst you adding up the mileage for these days totals 999.9 miles! i'm sure we'll find the little bit extra to take it over the 1000 mark!... what am I saying... I need to go and lay down just thinking about it is making me feel tired