Tuesday, 9 August 2011

We are LE JOGers!

Hoorah! We got to John O' Groats at 3.30pm on Saturday! It was quite an amazing feeling seeing the end of the country approching. The reality of what we have done has not sunk in yet. The Macmillian couple who kept overtaking us all the way up the country arrived 20 minutes after us and where astonished that we got there first! Whenever they past us we were either stationery or walking up a hill! The last time we met was at the head of Loch Ness just coming out of a tourist shop. We also saw a group of lads from Leicester we had been chatting too near Helmsdale and a dentist and his daughter we met at the start.

We would like to thank every body who has supported us and donated money to Sobell House. We also managed to collect over £70 from people we met along the way.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

To beautiful for words

No amount of superlatives can explain how beautiful the views have been today cycling through Glen Coe. Leaving Ardlui this morning we have cycled nearly 70 miles passing through the Highlands to Spean Bridge.

The ride yesterday from Cumnock to Ardlui was the toughest yet. Saying goodbye to newly born calfs at the farm in Cumnock we cycled 86 miles to our hotel on the edge of Loch Lomond. This combined with today's 70 miles means I can barely type! Tomorrow we pedal through the Great Glen in search of an elusive monster to Dingwall. Then its only two days to go! Passed lots of JOGLE -ers today.

Kate - I said hello to Scotland for you! I hope you and Ed are settling in down under, thanks for the messages. Ed and Gerard, any tips for weary cyclists?

Sunday, 31 July 2011

If I could cycle 500 miles then I could cycle 500 more.....

Hello from Scotland! Got to Gretna Green after a leisurely 55 miles on single track country lanes from Appleby. Goregous views and Cumbrian villages with interesting place names: Unthank, Newbiggin, Croglin... In Brampton, the last big town before Gretna, a Proclaimers song was playing loudly from the Conservative Club. "If I could walk 500 miles then I could walk 500 more......". We have actually cycled 524 miles in 8 days, plus a few more miles here and there when directionally challenged! Tomorrow we cycle through the Scottish lowlands in Dumfries and Galloway, initially following the Solway Firth coast, then heading north to Sanquar in the upper Nith Valley and onto Cumnock. After two days of a relatively relaxing rides, we are back up to 75 miles a day! Thinking of pimping our bikes to keep ourselves amused.. will keep you posted.