Mick F route fast but safe.

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Jamesh
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 3 Apr 2019, 5:28pm

charliepolecat wrote:Last time I looked - its been a few weeks now - the train people said on their site that I had to have a travel ticket for me and then a couple of days before I would be due to depart I could check to see if there was space for my bike. Not really a practical situation at all.

My current plan - it does change from day to day - is to ride at the beginning of September to get out of the peak school holiday season. Originally I was going to do it at the the beginning of June but I've been faffing around like a sail boat without a rudder because I thought I might want to do a 1200K instead out of Lytham, but then I realised that may not be sensible - 200 miles a day for 4 days in a row :shock: - so now I'm back to LeJog - I think.

Anyway, If I can crave your indulgence again, if you have taken the esteemed Mick's route and converted it into an excel cue sheet, would you mind PM'ing it to me please? I should already have his GPS route somewhere, but I think I've lost it. :(

As for riding, 125 miles a day is okay for me and i'm going to be riding with hope of finding a resting place each night with no prior warning of my arrivals. I will - maybe - carry a tent. :D


I haven't but that's a good idea I will do so nearer the date. I like to use villages as waypoints and snack points!!

125 should be fine for me I've done 100 hilly miles consecutively so 125 flat miles should be a problem and the worse hills are in day one and two.

Cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby charliepolecat » 3 Apr 2019, 11:36pm

I've just looked up the daylight times for 4 June and 4 September;

4 June sunrise 4.47 sunset 21.10 = 16.23 hours daylight

4 September sunrise 6.17 sunset 19.40 = 13.23 hours daylight

Clearly it is better to ride in June than in September

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 5 Apr 2019, 5:52pm

Been looking at tickets today the price has reduced slightly from the default pre 12 week price question is are they going to fall further?

If so I am at risk if not getting a bike space.

Also the Cornish Rivera train isn't listed can I book this a a train station?

Cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby charliepolecat » 7 Apr 2019, 9:48pm

I rode 125 miles yesterday - the fourth for me this year - with temperature in the high 80's and stiff winds around18 MPH and I was shagged at the end of it and really questioned wanting to do it all again today and then 8 days in a row. Maybe 125 miles a day is too ambitious recognising I have to source food and accommodation each day. :roll:

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 8 Apr 2019, 4:18pm

Headwinds? Yeap a hard 125miles leaves you knackered! But the next day I've got on the bike and done an equally hard 100 miles.
Where did you ride?
Booking tickets!!
Best way is to use the whole day and take it steady having good length breaks.

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 8 Apr 2019, 5:12pm

Cannot get bike reservation for Cornish Rivera train on the 28th does this mean its taken? Or should I try to get it at train station?
Might have to go to penzance Friday night and stay over

cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby charliepolecat » 8 Apr 2019, 10:35pm

It does appear that June heralds the beginning of the high tourist season down to the 'Riviera". Maybe September when the schools go back may be the best after all. In June I suspect tourist facilities - accommodation particularly - not to mention roads - will be at a premium.

I ride in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Very hot, very humid but we still use the imperial systems of measurements and temperatures - none of this metric and Celsius nonsense, it's feet and inches and Fahrenheit for us. :P

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 9 Apr 2019, 10:31pm

I have tickets !!!!
28th June 15:11pm Leeds to Penzance.
The ride is good to go!!

Will either stay at travel lodge or at freinds in st Austell if they will drive me to LE

Cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby charliepolecat » 10 Apr 2019, 9:17pm

Congrats and have a great ride. Don't forget me if you do convert the route to a cue sheet. :D

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 10 Apr 2019, 10:59pm

As it stands.... Roughly
Day 1
LE
Penzance
Hayle
Redruth
Goonhaven
Newquay
St climb major
Wade bridge
Camelford
Launceston
Lewdown
Oakhampton
Day 2
Copplestone
Morchard bishop
Black dog
withleigh
Tiverton
J27
A38 Wellington
Taunton
Bridgewater
Burnham on sea
Wiinscombe
Churchill
Conglesbury
Clevedon
Portishead
Avon mouth bridge
Seven beach
Chepstow
Day 3
Monmouth
Hereford
Leinster
Ludlow
Craven arms
Church stretton
Shrewsbury
Chester
Day 4
Wallasey - Mersey ferry
Ormskirk
Preston
Garstang
Lancaster
Kendal
Day 5
Shap
Penrith
Carlisle
Harwick
Day 6
Selkirk
Peebles
Penicuik
Edinburgh
Dunfermline
Kinross
Perth
Day 7
Dunkheld
Pitlochry
Newton more
Aviemore
Inverness
Day 8
Alness
Tain
Golspie
Brora
Helmsdale
Poss via kinbrace
Berriedale (see what the fuss is about!)
Wick
Jog

Day starts and finishes aren't set yet!

Cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby charliepolecat » 11 Apr 2019, 6:37pm

I've started to route this on RWGPS based on the list, will post when done for scrutiny by the experts and will incorporate suggested modifications.

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Paulatic » 11 Apr 2019, 6:57pm

charliepolecat wrote:I've started to route this on RWGPS based on the list, will post when done for scrutiny by the experts and will incorporate suggested modifications.

Cut out Hawick and substitute it with Eskdalemuir I reckon you might save something like 10 mls and gain a lot of scenery.
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 11 Apr 2019, 8:05pm

Thanks for the advice

Off the A7 at langholm??

Cheers James

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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Paulatic » 11 Apr 2019, 8:48pm

Jamesh wrote:Thanks for the advice

Off the A7 at langholm??

Cheers James

Yes you can come off at Langholm ( or Lockerbie) >Eskdalemuir >Gordon Arms>Innerleithen >Peebles.
Try routing it :D I’d be very surprised if it isn’t shorter but I’d guarantee it’s a lot more scenic.
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Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Postby Jamesh » 11 Apr 2019, 9:30pm

Just reading your marvelous lejog journal Paul :D

You went via Abington rather than the route suggested above?
Any reason why?

Cheers James