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by ukdodger
23 Aug 2007, 5:06pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Why North-South? Transport. Trains were easier to book, as I could guarantee when I could travel, and wouldn't suffer on that important aspect if something went wrong. Also allowed my family to come and see me arrive at Land's End. That's ALWAYS a problem. Getting back from The End is difficult. Ch...
by ukdodger
23 Aug 2007, 5:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

To answer the questions posed earlier in the thread: I was naive and didn't realise how bad the traffic would be. I assumed that if I could hack Bath and Bristol, I could hack anywhere else, but I was ill prepared when it came to South Lancashire as I had a load to do in one day. In future, I would...
by ukdodger
22 Aug 2007, 3:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Have you ever done a day ride on your own? All a longer ride is, just day rides one after the other! Take each day as it comes and be prepared to change the destination according to how each day works out. Many and I agree it's only one day after another. But the furthest I've been so far is 230m i...
by ukdodger
22 Aug 2007, 3:25pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Re: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone

Hi. I'm seriously considering cycling Lands end to John-O-Groats alone. Anyone ever done it? Anyone have any good advice. For me it will be the furthest I've cycled and on previous long rides we've always had a back up vehicle supplying grub etc. Thanks UKD Done it both ways (two seperate trips) un...
by ukdodger
22 Aug 2007, 3:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

:D What's all the fuss about? End to end last year on a 1978 Raleigh Clubman, b & b with no booking ahead - and no problems anywhere, bar bag and a small saddlebag (change of hanky and a dinner jacket) - 10 days easy. And I'm over 60! Let me know if you would like details of the stopovers. Mail...
by ukdodger
21 Aug 2007, 3:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Re: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone

Hi. I'm seriously considering cycling Lands end to John-O-Groats alone. Anyone ever done it? Anyone have any good advice. For me it will be the furthest I've cycled and on previous long rides we've always had a back up vehicle supplying grub etc. Thanks UKD Done it both ways (two seperate trips) un...
by ukdodger
21 Aug 2007, 3:42pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

I did the ride by myself in 2005 aged 17. I stayed mostly in hostels, and had a roof over my head every night (I made sure of that). For meals I took hostel meals wherever I could. They are good value for money usually £5-6 for a balanced, nutritious, filling meal and they do a cooked breakfast for...
by ukdodger
20 Aug 2007, 11:42pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Hi ukdodger, having read your points (a) (b) & (c), I would say you can undertake the challenge with confidence! I used Rower40s method of getting accommodation, and travelled at the times recommended by maryinoxford, and it worked a treat. Having time to deal with any problems that may crop up...
by ukdodger
20 Aug 2007, 11:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Hi again Dodger. (I'm 54 years young!) The whole trip took 22 days. Should have been 21, but I was knackered in the heatwave, and split one of the days on my way back south. Whatever you do for accommodation - BOOK AHEAD !! When on my way north, I rested at Tiverton and met a few lads going up to J...
by ukdodger
20 Aug 2007, 11:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Re: Washing on LEJOG

When I did LEJOG (solo, on a recumbent trike), I had 2 sets of cycle clothing, and one of 'normal' clothes. Each evening, on arriving at my B&B or Hotel, I'd shower, and wash the cycle clothes, and put on the normal (jeans & shirt) for an evening meal. The next morning, I'd put on the other...
by ukdodger
20 Aug 2007, 12:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Apart from Mrs H or the children I cannot imagine doing a long bike trip with someone else (and even they don't come on the long ones). And the idea of a back up van.... Seriously, I can understand the need for one if, say, you are record breaking (or a group of teenagers) but not when you're just ...
by ukdodger
20 Aug 2007, 11:55am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Hi again. I'm self reliant, self sufficient and self starting. I've done JOGLE and LEJOGLE, both alone and unsupported. I enjoyed it. Do your own research, and own homework, pick a route that others have done if you like, but preferably, pick your OWN route. You're going to do this alone, so do you...
by ukdodger
20 Aug 2007, 11:48am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

I've done it alone, and had not thought of doing it with others, but we would need to know a little more before offering advice. Why do you want to undertake the trip? In order to explore the country or to complete the distance as fast as you can? Would you intend using hostels , hotels, B&B or...
by ukdodger
20 Aug 2007, 12:33am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands End - JOhn O Groats
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

Re: Lands End - JOhn O Groats

Thanks Lee for taking the trouble to type all that. I do appreciate your advice. Especially about the maps. I'd actually planned to use the Goldeneye maps as different heights are colour coded. Useful for an old bugger like me. But I know where Stanfords is and I'll look yours up. Most likely I will...
by ukdodger
18 Aug 2007, 5:42pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands end to John-O-Groats alone
Replies: 43
Views: 13096

Lands end to John-O-Groats alone

Hi. I'm seriously considering cycling Lands end to John-O-Groats alone. Anyone ever done it? Anyone have any good advice. For me it will be the furthest I've cycled and on previous long rides we've always had a back up vehicle supplying grub etc. Thanks

UKD