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.


Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Day 4 Crianlarich 2 Irvine

The first day so far, we're both lying in bed as the 7 o'clock alarm goes...more hysterical laughter, as we re-live yesterday's ride and discuss our aching bodies, my spine still not fully rebuilt. The weather check, oh dear minus 1 to start the day! My feet curling up at the prospect.
The day starts with blue sky if not a little chilly. Luckily the stiff legs are given a little break as we get a 3 mile downhill, which for a change, we don't have to pedal down! we soon clock 10 miles or so and the beginning of Loch Lomand. The roads busy , sky now grey but still beautiful. We stop at Luss for a "Take The High Road" break, if your old enough to remember the TV series. As we leave the Loch a hint of sadness that the roads are now even busier and the stunning highlands were now behind us. This wasn't helped by the I Spy Road Kill count today consisting of a Venetian blinds, a Henry Hoover and a broken claw hammer! oh dear civilisation! The rain was now quite heavy and as we approached the outskirts of Dumbarton, the smell of deep fried Mars bars filled the air and at the next set of lights Colin pulled along side and said "What a grey miserable hole" well ok he might of use a few less words, one beginning with S and ending in T! Then over the Erskine Bridge which wasn't too bad really. We then ended up on a lovely smooth cycle track down an old railway line with just over 20 miles to go. After 10 miles or so for the first time we got a little lost but managed to pick up the cycle route 7 to Irvine. Boy, was that a hilly last few miles to get back on route. At last arrived at my sisters, to a warm welcome and spoilt with a mobile massage booked, bliss. Please keep the text and comments coming as they are great to receive and a real boost to us both. 82.9 miles today ( although this is the first time I have uploaded my Garmin computer info which appears to be a bit different from Colin's iPhone data, I only made it 82.miles?) Left knee really sore, ice pack on. Only 100 miles tomorrow, forecast heavy rain..... in the words of limp bizkit......keep on rollin'