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Jul 10, 2011

The big off

A great start to the day. There were plenty of other riders at the Land’s End hotel, taking pictures in the sun for their own trips.

The wind was on our tails all day, and allowed us to get our heads down and cruise the first 50 miles.

After that the big lumps started appearing and the granny gear had an early look in.

Tony was a welcome site in a lay-by around mid day, and I happily off loaded the camera bag, and we tucked into squashed tuna roles, nicely warmed from a morning in the back pocket.

The last 30 miles were a killer. I was a broken man by the time we reached the ‘Barley Meadow’ camp site. Somehow I hit the wall with about 15 miles to go and couldn’t wait to drop the bike and crawl into a hot shower.

Tony cooked up a feast of chicken and bacon pasta which we fell on, despite the fact that we’d chugged back a pint of protein shake and a beer. Mmm.

Glad we’re on track. Tomorrow should be flatter at least.

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