Skipping a Stage of the End to End

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Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby stan.forums » 25 Jun 2018, 8:09am

I am currently in Hereford. It does not look like we will be able to make the entire distance to JOG in the time allotted. Can anyone suggest which stage to skip? We are interested in skipping out heavy traffic, scary highways or too much heavy goods vehical traffic.

Note: I am following the route described by the Cicerone book.
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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby robgul » 25 Jun 2018, 8:41am

The bit from Shrewsbury to Preston (assuming you are crossing the Mersey at Runcorn) wouldn't be much of a loss in my view. I've ridden both ways and that segment wasn't that picturesque and quite industrial/built up in parts.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby robing » 25 Jun 2018, 8:09pm

+1. The other bit you could bypass assuming you're going that way is the Edinburgh /lothian region. Slow progress and terrible road surfaces.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby stan.forums » 26 Jun 2018, 12:52am

"Terrible road surface" - Hadn't thought of that one, we are traveling on Bromptons, so that is also a factor, thanks

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby brynpoeth » 26 Jun 2018, 6:21am

The Central Belt of Scotland might be worth getting a train through
Maybe you could skip two stages and relax a bit more, I understand the record has just been put on the shelf again :wink:
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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby robing » 26 Jun 2018, 9:02am

The Mersey crossing at Runcorn is currently closed. There is a free shuttle bus for bikes and pedestrians but this might be a good area to avoid if pushed for time.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby A7 Simon » 26 Jun 2018, 11:43am

Another vote for the middle bit.
Specifically Nantwich to Lancaster.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby charliepolecat » 26 Jun 2018, 2:32pm

I'm beginning to wonder if there are any parts of the route worth riding through. Maybe just get a train from one end to the other?

Sometimes traffic and road surfaces and urban sprawl just make some historic cycling routes no longer feasible. Is LeJog becoming that?

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby PH » 26 Jun 2018, 2:49pm

charliepolecat wrote:I'm beginning to wonder if there are any parts of the route worth riding through. Maybe just get a train from one end to the other?
Sometimes traffic and road surfaces and urban sprawl just make some historic cycling routes no longer feasible. Is LeJog becoming that?

No. For a start there is no historic E2E route, just make up your own based on your own criteria. If you're looking for the fastest time, then the shortest distance has an obvious route. Other than that adding up to 20% to the shortest route opens up a range of possibilities only restricted by imagination.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby charliepolecat » 26 Jun 2018, 2:52pm

When I say 'historic' I assume it was clear I was referring to the LeJog in general as an iconic ride, not any particular route.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby PH » 26 Jun 2018, 3:01pm

Back to the question - I'd keep heading North and see how far you get, revise the route as you go, as long as you're heading in that general direction it won't make much difference.
The reason I'd do this is you have the opportunity to go back and complete it at some other time, maybe just aim for a pleasant England E2E this time and add a Scottish E2E another time. Or forget the E2E all together and get a train somewhere you'll enjoy riding.
I failed an East to West a few years ago, Lowestoft to Ardnamurchan, three days of bad weather and I was almost a full day behind. I went from deciding I couldn't do it to sitting on a train home in the space of an hour and regretted it since, despite redoing the entire route the following year. It's just another bike ride, if plan A isn't working I should have come up with a better plan B than giving up and going home.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby PH » 26 Jun 2018, 3:08pm

charliepolecat wrote:When I say 'historic' I assume it was clear I was referring to the LeJog in general as an iconic ride, not any particular route.

Then the answer is still no. If you know there is no particular route, there's nothing stopping you from finding very pleasant cycling roads all the way from one end to the other.
You wonder
f there are any parts of the route worth riding through.

It's like asking if there are any parts of the UK worth riding through.
To which the answer is yes, my route crossed the Cotswolds, Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors... the only urban riding was around Edinburgh and that was a choice as my riding partner wanted to spend a night there.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby robing » 26 Jun 2018, 3:14pm

charliepolecat wrote:I'm beginning to wonder if there are any parts of the route worth riding through. Maybe just get a train from one end to the other?

Sometimes traffic and road surfaces and urban sprawl just make some historic cycling routes no longer feasible. Is LeJog becoming that?

Bit unnecessary. The op is short of time and asking advice, that's all.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby Vitara » 26 Jun 2018, 5:28pm

I would agree with the suggestion of not skipping any stages and continue heading North at a pace you find comfortable
a) I think all the stages are worthwhile and interesting, each in their own way, that's one of the attractions of LeJog
b) If your fortunes change and you start gaining time you may get further than expected
c) If you do finish short you will presumably be closer to Inverness for getting home & also coming back to complete the route at a later date
Whatever your decision be sure to enjoy the ride.

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Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

Postby stan.forums » 26 Jun 2018, 9:58pm

Gents,
You gave me some food for thought. We are currently in Chester. We will continue along the route and go with the flow.