Day zero – getting to Lands End

Well the adventure started when I bid farewell to my family and I headed over to Newcastle Central Station to catch my first class travel with Cross Country trains at 10:44am leaving spot on time. Once I got past the jobsworth ticket inspector on the train who insisted I shouldn’t have been able to upgrade to 1st class. Oh well, it’ll not happen again. I could then settle down for the rest of journey bound for Penzanze with an eta of 19-30 to be followed by a 10 mile ride down to Lands’ End to check-in ( and hopefully find somewhere to eat. My first travelling companion was a recently titled great aunt who was very excited to see her new relation as he had had a traumatic birth almost not making it but luckily he did and she was off to Hereford (via Birmingham New St) to see him – fingers crossed everything goes ok for the little fella. Next lady joined me Birmingham to Bristol, English teacher based in Switzerland but raving about our countryside – I think I talked AT HER for long enough. From there it was a trip down to Taunton then onto Exeter where we joined the coastline though Dawlish. I really think I’ve had enough of the complimentary coffee and biscuits(pictured). Last person I get chatting too was somebody who works for the railway and was travelling around the uk by train in 4 days – taking photos through the train windows – guess he must’ve liked to take photos of his reflection?? The 10 mile ride down to Sennen turned out to be much hillier than I thought and the one and only pub, the First and Last Inn stopped selling food early on a Saturday so fish and chips and bottle of diet Coke(other types of refreshments are available) it is then!! Then it was quickly back to the digs to meet Susie the perfect host who quickly showed me around before settling down for my ‘supper’ whilst chatting to/at some very interesting people including and Indian family who live in London and specialise in really boring train journeys. BTW – gutted as there was no sunset at Lands’ End . Early to bed as I have an early start today.

Day Zero route

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'middle aged' cyclist from North East aiming to do the LEJOG in August 2011
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2 Responses to Day zero – getting to Lands End

  1. Chris says:

    All starts in a few hours then…. Good luck fella, see you Tuesday!

  2. Simon vw says:

    Go Nigel go.
    All the best and I hope you have a cool and brisk south westerly all the way.

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