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by PhilPub
5 Jul 2018, 9:35am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route advice and using Komoot?
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Route advice and using Komoot?

i) Mousehole's pretty and everything but personally , knowing how many ups and downs are still left to do in Cornwall, I think I'd prefer to crack on with the A30 to start off. ii) The A386 is busy, but besides having a good cycle lane for a lot of it, it's out of the way before too long and before ...
by PhilPub
5 Jul 2018, 9:21am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Minimal training LEJOG
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Definitely doable.
Did you end up walking because you ran out of gears on hills? There's no avoiding hills on LEJOG but you'll manage the distance a lot easier if you can ride (slowly) up the hills rather than walking any distance. Might be worth reviewing your gearing options?
by PhilPub
4 Jul 2018, 3:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone End to End route review
Replies: 9
Views: 1138

Re: Cicerone End to End route review

I think THE most unpleasant section of the journey for busy roads with HGVs on was the A403 just after Bristol, between Avonmouth and the Severn Bridge. I'd seriously consider alternative routes through/round Bristol, although the bridge itself is fine and then it gets nice going up the Wye Valley t...
by PhilPub
12 Jun 2018, 4:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Midge watch
Replies: 24
Views: 1307

Re: Midge watch

robing wrote:The midges of course are a vital part of the ecosystem and themselves an important food source for many animals, birds and even insect-eating plants!


I think I ate more midges than peanut butter sandwiches doing LEJOG, and that's saying something.
by PhilPub
11 Jun 2018, 3:13pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Midge watch
Replies: 24
Views: 1307

Re: Midge watch

Just a single data point, but camping at the Red Squirrel campsite in Glencoe about two weeks ago was a flippin' nightmare!
by PhilPub
10 Jun 2018, 10:27am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone End to End route review
Replies: 9
Views: 1138

Re: Cicerone End to End route review

11-32 on the back. With a long arm derailleur? What make? I've got SRAM Rival 22 (11-spd) with mid-cage (I think... came with the bike) and my girlfriend has Shimano Claris (8-spd) with mid-cage. Both are spec'd up to 32 teeth; I've had advice that the Shimano one would be good for 34 which in hind...
by PhilPub
9 Jun 2018, 3:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone End to End route review
Replies: 9
Views: 1138

Re: Cicerone End to End route review

Hi, W.r.t. surfaces, the forest path described really was the only properly dodgy bit. I was on 32mm tyres but my girlfriend had 25/28mm and was OK with everything apart from that stretch. I had the only two punctures between us, probably not helped by the weight of two panniers + tent on the back! ...
by PhilPub
8 Jun 2018, 3:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's the flattest way out of Cornwall and Devon
Replies: 21
Views: 1167

Re: What's the flattest way out of Cornwall and Devon

Aren't the highlands hilly? What will you do when you get there if you don't like hills? Scotland's a lot easier than Cornwall. There's some climbing to do but it's generally over much more steady gradients and you can actually enjoy the view freewheeling down the other side, rather than having you...
by PhilPub
7 Jun 2018, 2:35pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone End to End route review
Replies: 9
Views: 1138

Cicerone End to End route review

Having just completed LEJOG I thought I'd give my thoughts on the Cicerone route, which we followed almost turn-by-turn, except for a couple of planned diversions into Somerset and Merseyside to stay with relatives. In short, I would thoroughly recommend it if you want to cover the route in 14 days,...
by PhilPub
6 Jun 2018, 9:23am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: Lejog

Hi, I downloaded the app https://ridewithgps.com/ and followed the routes from there. Just search on Cicerone end to end and it has each day's route as a separate ride, incl. stats for elevation.
by PhilPub
6 Jun 2018, 9:18am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: route question
Replies: 14
Views: 662

Re: route question

Mick F wrote:Just a quickie .......
It's pronounced as "mouze-l"

Have a read at "The Mousehole Cat".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mousehole_Cat
Lovely story and a wonderful legend.


Good to know, ta! I was mispronouncing place names all the way up to Thurso! :D
by PhilPub
5 Jun 2018, 6:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: route question
Replies: 14
Views: 662

Re: route question

philvantwo wrote:So how many days did it take you then, from lands end to John o'groats?


14-and-a-bit. Do I win five pounds?
by PhilPub
5 Jun 2018, 4:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: route question
Replies: 14
Views: 662

Re: route question

On strava though your day one started from Penzance so it took you a day longer..........and you took a diversion around Gunnislake!! :lol: A "day longer" than what? We had train journeys (and leave days) booked at either end and rode from Land's End to John o'Groats in between. And I've ...
by PhilPub
5 Jun 2018, 1:29pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: route question
Replies: 14
Views: 662

Re: route question

We did a late afternoon Penzance - LE - Penzance journey as you suggest, just a couple of weeks ago, to start us off. As it happens, we did the scenic route there and the direct route back. I wouldn't hesitate to just do A30 and back to get it done, since the road is single lane and very quiet at th...
by PhilPub
5 Jun 2018, 12:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Train from Inverness to London
Replies: 20
Views: 1100

Re: Train from Inverness to London

Hi there, For future reference/anyone else who's interested, I travelled back from JOG to London King's Cross over this weekend; Saturday afternoon train Thurso to Inverness, B&B overnight in Inverness, then on the 09:40 direct to King's X on Sunday. I booked the main train journey online throug...