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Jul 10, 2011

The day of many climbs

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Going to keep this short as I am absolutely knackered and just want to sleep. But day 1 went pretty well with only a puncture after about 30 miles to spoil the day.

Safe to say it was myself and Dan’s hardest day for as long as I can remember. Even though it was short by mileage I expect it to be up there as the hardest days on this little adventure.

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The A30 wasn’t as bad as we had imagined although the hard shoulder was not always a nice place to be. It got us to our end of day camp site with the minimum of fuss, if you ignore the relentless climbs on route of course.

Now to chill before getting some well earned rest.

Jul 9, 2011

The night before

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Right that’s it then, I’m here and all set for tomorrow’s early start. I’ve chucked on the new wheels, that look amazing. Had a final check of my bike and a quick sprint up the lane to check everything is running smoothly. All seems pretty good and from the short ride the new wheels roll amazingly well.

We’re just up the road from Land’s End in a campsite above Sennen Cove. Very nice site and an ideal spot to get a sleep in before starting From Land’s End which is a couple miles down the road. Still waiting for Dan who has apparently been mixing with Katie Price at the polo, can’t wait to hear more about that.

On the drive down, by chance, we travelled down the entirety of the first days route along the A30. To be honest I wish I hadn’t as it looks like the hilly nightmare that we have been expecting. I took some data via GPS and it’s going to be a total of 1600m of climbing over just over 100 miles. No small task then.

Found an ok pub down the road called The First and Last where I took in a suitably carb laden meal and a cheeky pint of Doom Bar. Should help me get a good nights sleep before starting in earnest tomorrow. No backing out now.

Links and information

  • Just Giving charity page We have set up a page to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, please donate if you can
  • Map of our route We initially used Google maps to plan the route, here it is in it’s entirety.
  • Mule bars for energy These yummy natural bars will be keeping us going all the way up to John O’Groats
  • Strada Wheels These guys hand built a new set of hoops for Martin to ride for the trip

Our photos

The first puncture, CornwallOne down...to goCelebratory breakfastBristol docksRiver WyeThe evening ritualRehydratingAn ice bath substitute in Loch LomondCalories'In or oot'Tartan rug hiding stuff, on the drive homeCooling off in Loch LomondYachts off InvernessThe morning afterFeet upFlaked out in GloucestershireFeet up 2Beer, protein shakes and Mule BarsPuncture!Silhouette on the Erskine Bridge