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by A7 Simon
4 Jul 2018, 9:31pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog for wimps please- or am I on my own? ( merged )
Replies: 1970
Views: 146667

Re: Lejog for wimps please- or am I on my own? ( merged )

The bit in the blog about Pitlochry made us laugh. We remember the signs, picked the shortest route, and all went well.

Simon & Jan
by A7 Simon
26 Jun 2018, 11:43am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Skipping a Stage of the End to End
Replies: 36
Views: 2971

Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Another vote for the middle bit.
Specifically Nantwich to Lancaster.
by A7 Simon
24 Jun 2018, 7:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Panniers
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Panniers

We have just done LEJoG using SJS Cycles cheapest panniers, 30 litres the pair.

They were fine, the main clips are metal.
We didn't really find out how waterproof they were, we had almost no rain.
I took a pair of drybags as liners, anyway.

Currently £9.99 a pair. Very good value.

Simon
by A7 Simon
23 Jun 2018, 7:52am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog for wimps please- or am I on my own? ( merged )
Replies: 1970
Views: 146667

Re: Lejog for wimps please- or am I on my own? ( merged )

Wimps If it is hot, remember to drink, and drink, and drink again. I don't like water, have to force myself to take it, but manage at least a bottle every 20 miles or so. More if the temperatures are as you have forecast. We only walked one hill, in Somerset, but that was because we were hot and bot...
by A7 Simon
23 Jun 2018, 7:46am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Drying your padded shorts
Replies: 41
Views: 11267

Drying your padded shorts

Picking up on a subject from a JoGLE thread: It took us quite a while on the learning curve, but we found we could dry our padded stuff overnight. The "roll up in a towel" technique worked for us. Take the biggest towel, which will do two pairs of shorts (there were two of us). Lay towel f...
by A7 Simon
20 Jun 2018, 3:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: B846/B847 via Trinafour or NCN7 via Pitlochry ?
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: B846/B847 via Trinafour or NCN7 via Pitlochry ?

We have just returned from LEJoG, having ridden Route 77 from Perth to Logierait and Route 7 from there to Aviemore, and then from Aviemore into Inverness. The surfaces vary from excellent to rough, but we were fine on 32 section tyres and a medium load. Lost Route 7 at Balloch but Inverness has ano...
by A7 Simon
15 Jun 2018, 7:24am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Janand Simon's LEJoG
Replies: 43
Views: 2852

Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Now we are home. The bikes are not back yet, but they said it could take a week. Flying back made for an easy "winding down" day. We did 1009 miles, 49208 feet of climbing as recorded by my Garmin. When planning the route I found differences, sometimes large ones, between the route planner...
by A7 Simon
12 Jun 2018, 5:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Janand Simon's LEJoG
Replies: 43
Views: 2852

Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Day 20 Castletown to JoG

Early start. 15 mile bash along the A road and we finish.

Feels unreal, like we've just stepped off a bus.

Stash the bikes and panniers ready for the carrier.
Grab a coffee then it's time for the Orkney ferry.....
by A7 Simon
11 Jun 2018, 9:02pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Janand Simon's LEJoG
Replies: 43
Views: 2852

Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Day 19 Altnaharra to Castletown Used the B road instead of the cycle route through Tongue. Lovely ride along the loch. Quite a lot of small ups and downs. Then the shock of the series of hills at Bettyhill. Like being back in Cornwall again. Not sure about Route 1 when it comes away from the A road....
by A7 Simon
11 Jun 2018, 8:45pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Janand Simon's LEJoG
Replies: 43
Views: 2852

Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Day 18 Tain to Altnaharra

Kept to the A road instead of the cycle route.
Which I think gave us more climbing but good views.

Another day we really enjoyed. The good weather helped.
by A7 Simon
11 Jun 2018, 7:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's the flattest way out of Cornwall and Devon
Replies: 21
Views: 1385

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

To add to what I said yesterday.
Obviously hilliness after Cornwall and Devon depends on your route.

I thought I had it sorted until we did Bettyhill to Thurso today

Just like a bit of Cornwall again after 900 miles.
by A7 Simon
11 Jun 2018, 7:07pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Midge watch
Replies: 24
Views: 1498

Re: Midge watch

We had no problem until we stayed last night at Altnaharra, by a loch.
If you stayed still it was horrible.
Mostly there has been a light wind which probably kept them away.
I am glad we were not camping.
by A7 Simon
9 Jun 2018, 9:18pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's the flattest way out of Cornwall and Devon
Replies: 21
Views: 1385

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

I took Mick F's "100 feet of climbing per mile in Cornwall" as a starting point. We got out of Cornwall in 98 miles with 6760 feet of climbing. (Figures from Garmin Montana) 68 feet per mile. We are not good at hills. Two things helped: low gears on the bikes, and going VERY slowly (3 mph)...
by A7 Simon
9 Jun 2018, 9:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Janand Simon's LEJoG
Replies: 43
Views: 2852

Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Day 17 Carrbridge to Tain Route 7 to Inverness. Got a bit lost Picked up Route 1 and took the Black Isle option. As it was a Saturday afternoon stayed on the main road to Cromarty and kept to the coast road from Nigg. Even used the A9 into Tain. Another good day apart from the cold East wind which r...
by A7 Simon
9 Jun 2018, 8:25am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Janand Simon's LEJoG
Replies: 43
Views: 2852

Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Day 16 Blair Atholl to Carrbridge Drumochter nice and easy. Weather perfect for it. Surfaces on the cycle track no worse than we have come across on the canal towpaths. Another lovely ride. Route 7 all the way until I thought I'd save a couple of miles by going through Aviemore. Resulting bit of A95...