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by Jack Strop
11 Feb 2012, 7:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper best time to Book
Replies: 18
Views: 6305

Re: Caledonian Sleeper best time to Book

. http://www.travelpass.buytickets.scotrail.co.uk/BargainBerths/Results.aspx?From=307&To=269 Many thanks........link shows to Glasgow is there one to inverness ? Also not sure I want to share a cabin....is there a page which shows seated tickets available ? Many thanks once again Mike Start fro...
by Jack Strop
11 Feb 2012, 7:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Travelodge...
Replies: 11
Views: 40159

Re: Travelodge...

Yep, I used Travelodge for 7 nights for last year's JOGLE and they couldn't be faulted. As others have said, they invariably bend over backwards if you arrive with a bike. Nice to have the peace of mind of your bike at the end of your bed and handy for minor servicing/lubing etc.
by Jack Strop
19 Dec 2011, 11:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: My JoGLE - your input please...
Replies: 13
Views: 2280

Re: My JoGLE - your input please...

You might change your mind about dumping your stuff off at home en route to LE. I got to Hayle, where I saw my wife and children for the first time in 11 days. After a quick pasty on the corner, the thought of leaving my laden panniers in the car crossed my mind, but it just didn't feel right! On re...
by Jack Strop
12 Jul 2011, 9:46am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Day food for LEJOG
Replies: 13
Views: 1476

Re: Day food for LEJOG

Bananas, malt loaf, muesli/granola bars, chocolate, pasta salads are all good. When I stayed at Travelodges, I would have a banana and granola bar prior to setting off, get 20 miles or so under my belt and then stop at a café or Tesco and have a full English breakfast. That kept me going for a good ...
by Jack Strop
30 Jun 2011, 12:47pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: FW's Home to LE and back via JOG
Replies: 32
Views: 2079

Re: FW's Home to LE and back via JOG

........ Do you have any recommendations for other routes west of Exeter. The problem with Cornwall, and to a lesser extent, Devon, is that there are few alternatives. Devon is a large square county with Exmoor to the north and Dartmoor slap bang in the middle. Most people want to do the route to L...
by Jack Strop
30 Jun 2011, 9:31am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: FW's Home to LE and back via JOG
Replies: 32
Views: 2079

Re: FW's Home to LE and back via JOG

Well-done FW. Nothing wrong with a bit of pragmatism. I had a similar dilemma a few weeks ago in the gales at the end of May. Had a horrible day battling headwinds from Inverness south to Pitlochry. The cycle path alongside the A9, at Newtonmore I think, was closed, so after waiting half an hour for...
by Jack Strop
29 Jun 2011, 8:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Accommodation August 2011
Replies: 6
Views: 696

Re: Accommodation August 2011

Sounds good - do they have secure bike storage ? :?: Yes - it's called a bedroom :D .... just take the bike into the room, it helps to ask for one on the ground floor. It seems to be expected by the kid on reception ... and, of course, don't ask ... just take the bike to the room. Rob And if you ar...
by Jack Strop
28 Jun 2011, 2:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Training habits and average speeds
Replies: 17
Views: 2203

Re: Training habits and average speeds

Yep. My JOGLE average daily ride was 84.3 miles with an average journey time of 8hrs 26 mins.
by Jack Strop
25 Jun 2011, 11:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: ACCOMODATION
Replies: 19
Views: 2068

Re: ACCOMODATION

Stayed in Travelodges in Inverness, Edinburgh and Shrewsbury. Edinburgh Learmonth is in a lovely, cobbled location. Couple of nice bars and restaurants nearby, loads more a bit further. Inverness one is close to the A9, and next to a pub and shopping complex. The Tesco there is good for breakfast, I...
by Jack Strop
20 May 2011, 6:30am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lets do it!
Replies: 22
Views: 1858

Re: Lets do it!

Hi Jo and welcome to the forum. I'm starting my LEJOG on Monday - so excited!! As regards to the bike you are looking at - it has flat bars. I would recommend a bike with drops as it gives you more positions to place your hands. How easy is it to fix a rack on the back to take panniers? I'm doing L...
by Jack Strop
29 Apr 2011, 12:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route from Reading to Didcot?
Replies: 12
Views: 913

Re: Route from Reading to Didcot?

I can confirm that the route from Didcot to Sonning Common was running smoothly this morning. Assuming the South Moreton street party has finished and I don't snap up the last tandem from Berkshire Cycles you should be fine tomorrow! :P
by Jack Strop
27 Apr 2011, 10:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route from Reading to Didcot?
Replies: 12
Views: 913

Re: Route from Reading to Didcot?

Along the Thames towpath to Sonning posh. Up to Sonning Common via Dunsden. Then to Kidmore End via Kidmore Lane at the end of Wood Lane joining Sustrans Cycle Route 5. Goes right to Didcot, a lovely route clearly signposted all the way. If you come up via Caversham Bridge you are in lots of traffi...
by Jack Strop
15 Apr 2011, 8:32am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG with my 13-year-old son
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: LEJOG with my 13-year-old son

Travelodges are doing some deals for £19 per room per night, but I didn't find that many convenient to my route, and they are few and far between north of the border. Yep, somewhat surprising that Travelodge and Premier Inn have so few places in Scotland. Luckily Travelodges in Inverness, Edinburgh...
by Jack Strop
12 Apr 2011, 1:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin Dakota 10 Help
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Garmin Dakota 10 Help

So far, so good. I’ve downloaded the OpenStreetMaps and am happily navigating using the ‘pink line’ on the downloaded courses that I’ve created on Bike Route Toaster. The only thing I’m struggling with is waypoints and specifically displaying them on the ‘Waypoint At Next’ map field. http://www.auka...
by Jack Strop
8 Apr 2011, 6:02pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Land's End to Tintagel via Padstow Ferry?
Replies: 17
Views: 1346

Re: Land's End to Tintagel via Padstow Ferry?

The lack of a usable 'Drag to Edit' is a pain. The only solution seems to involve deleting the route bit by bit from the destination. Or starting again.