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by mfpnl
3 Jan 2020, 6:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route
Replies: 17
Views: 793

Re: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route

I did a LEJOG a couple of years ago with my son using a mix of the SUSTRANS route and the Cicerone route. We were grateful for the quality advice that we got from this board. In short we used SUSTRANS for Land's End to Bristol, switched to Ciceone at Long Ashton (s/w Bristol) until we got to Glasgow...
by mfpnl
20 Dec 2019, 10:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Replan and midge season
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: Replan and midge season

My son and I did slowish Sustrans/Cicerone LEJOG in 2017 from last week of May to first two weeks in June. Charlie picked up a few bites outside the pub/bunkhouse at Invershin. But apart from that, we were midge-free the whole trip.
by mfpnl
18 Mar 2019, 9:58pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog routes past Manchester or Runcorn/Widnes
Replies: 18
Views: 6327

Re: Lejog routes past Manchester or Runcorn/Widnes

We used the Cicerone route for that stretch. It takes you from Clun to up to Runcorn (keeping east of Chester) and then from Runcorn up to Slaidburn. We camped in quiet little farm campsite - Birch Bank Farm Caravan and Campsite, Stamford Ln, Chester CH3 7QD. The site was clean, flat and cheap - no ...
by mfpnl
24 Feb 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Garmin GPS and maps
Replies: 16
Views: 5829

Re: Garmin GPS and maps

I took a Garmin Oregon 750 on our LEJOG. It has pre-loaded OS 1:50 and 1:25 on it. I also put the SUSTRANS and Cicerone routes on it. Maybe it was my lack of familiarity/patience, but the Garmin was soon put aside in favour of Open Street Maps and Google Maps on our phones. The Garmin unit used a lo...
by mfpnl
24 Feb 2019, 6:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Supplies along the way
Replies: 36
Views: 9937

Re: Supplies along the way

I did a leisurely, self-supported LEJOG (SUSTRANS/Cicerone) a couple of years ago with my son and there was only one day in three weeks of riding when we struggled to find food in the evening (A wet monday night in Newton-in-Bowland). We soon got into a routine which consisted of: Breakfast: Home br...
by mfpnl
26 Nov 2018, 4:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Airnimal Joey Explore
Replies: 13
Views: 7736

Re: Airnimal Joey Explore

Over the past ten year we've used two Joeys for family tours of various types - fixed point touring in places like Belgium, cycle camping Danube and last year did LEJOG with my son on them As you can see, they don't have drops and they have Rohloff hubs - making them slightly heavier. They've also b...
by mfpnl
21 Aug 2018, 1:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Traffic on the Cicerone - where and when..!?
Replies: 4
Views: 2111

Re: Traffic on the Cicerone - where and when..!?

Possibly - when we made the right turn off the A591 at NY 23467 30633 we met a couple of cyclists at the "Road Closed" sign who had just tried to go up the road. They told us that the road was definitely closed for bridgework - and the obstacle wasn't something your could squeeze round on ...
by mfpnl
21 Aug 2018, 9:20am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Traffic on the Cicerone - where and when..!?
Replies: 4
Views: 2111

Re: Traffic on the Cicerone - where and when..!?

Hi Scarletnut - We did a combination of the Sustrans and Cicerone routes in June last year. Obviously traffic conditions do vary according to the time of day/year. The Sustrans stretches didn't seem to be affected by 'rush hours' - but I suppose it's possible in places like Glasgow if they're used b...
by mfpnl
2 Jan 2018, 11:42am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Carlisle to Abington - following a motorway?
Replies: 20
Views: 4301

Re: Carlisle to Abington - following a motorway?

I road this section on a LEJOG with my son in June '17 - but at a very (very!) different pace to Paulatic. Here's my take on it: As other here have said, we didn't find the presence of the motorway too obtrusive - in fact for much of the route I was hardly aware of it. Having followed some fairly ci...
by mfpnl
21 Dec 2017, 5:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Sustrans NCN Route
Replies: 13
Views: 4646

Re: Sustrans NCN Route

Thanks Tigerbiten for that tip. I assumed there must be a setting that needed changing - but of course I no longer had access to Basecamp. The first stage did load OK (I tested it before I left home) but the subsequent stages wouldn't load. Whatever, I know what to do now if it happens again. Thanks
by mfpnl
21 Dec 2017, 11:54am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Sustrans NCN Route
Replies: 13
Views: 4646

Re: Sustrans NCN Route

Hi percespb I did a self-supported camping/hostel LEJOG in May/June '17 with my son using a mix of Sustrans and Cicerone routes. In short, we did Sustrans from LE to Bristol, Cicerone from Bristol to Gretna and Sustrans from Gretna to JOG. We all do the LEJOG for different reasons - and we have diff...
by mfpnl
18 Oct 2017, 9:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo Connections
Replies: 44
Views: 1856

Re: Hub Dynamo Connections

Hi Mick

I used the method described by Brucey on our two Airminals. I must admit, it did take me a while to figure out the 'fold back' bit.

I too was a bit sceptical about the robustness of this arrangement - but it did survive our LEJOG, which I suppose is a reasonable test.

Mike
by mfpnl
29 Aug 2017, 2:13pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: have train tickets, but not for bike
Replies: 7
Views: 3221

Re: have train tickets, but not for bike

Thanks for posting that Rinko link -I hadn't come across that phenomena before. I actually put some of those MKS US-B Nuevo Lipless Pedals on my Airminal for our LEJOG. They worked really well.
by mfpnl
27 Aug 2017, 8:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: have train tickets, but not for bike
Replies: 7
Views: 3221

Re: have train tickets, but not for bike

My son and I completed the LEJOG in June. We did the ride on two Airminal Joeys. Our strategy for getting home to North Lincolnshire was simple - ride from JOG to Wick, fold and bag the bikes and then take the train to Inverness, Edinburgh and so on. The bikes still had there racks attached so they ...
by mfpnl
19 Jul 2017, 2:49pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: YHA E2e
Replies: 10
Views: 2861

Re: YHA E2e

Hi Robing Yes, the Touring Department of the organisation formerly known as the Cyclists Touring Club did publish a YHA route with their old E2E pack. As PH says, it was well past its sell-by date. I did a camping/hosteling self-supported LEJOG last month with my son and we stayed in a few YHA/SYHA ...