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'middle aged' cyclist from North East aiming to do the LEJOG in August 2011

Day 7 – Dumbarton to Fort William – 91 miles – I couldn’t have got this one more wrong!!

After yesterdays ‘off” day I was slightly concerned about today as it may only be 90 miles but includes the biggest climbs by far of the whole journey and it would be back to doing it on my own so … Continue reading

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Day 6 – Gretna to Dumbarton 105 (grueling) miles and 3 punctures in first 18 miles

Day started off well enough as Claire drove me and the bike down to the Gretna Gateway where I’d finished the night before. This time I was being met by Jed Woodhouse (from work) who was joining me for the … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Preston – Gretna Green 95 miles including Shap

After porridge and coffee (we learned our lesson yesterday) Elka (Darren’s wife) dropped Darren and I off back at the place on the route we’d left the bikes (where Darren works) – a huge thank you to Elka and Darren … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Shawbury to Preston 81– an unusually short day

Darren was woken rudely by the wood pigeons which I slept like a log through but I woke after another solid nights kip to find another glorious day. We were meeting another of Darrens work colleagues Simon Paul Williams from … Continue reading

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Day 3 Bristol to (RAF)Shawbury 114 – could be longest day

First things first a quick breakfast at my Bristol hosts Chris and Sue – thanks for your company – it was good remembering the good ol’ days. Weather was fine and nothing like the forecast thankfully 🙂 Well, today was … Continue reading

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Day Two – Okehampton to Bristol 108 miles – it was nearly my last

After a good nights kip I went down for pre arranged porridge – I even had Cornish clotted cream in it hmmm. The weather looked nice and sunny so spirits were high as I set off for Bristol on what … Continue reading

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Day One – Lands End to Okehampton 106 tough miles

I always knew this day and the first half of the second were going to be the hardest of the trip. So it was an early start to give me a fighting chance of finishing at a decent time, 6am … Continue reading

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