LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

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LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby awinf » 11 Oct 2019, 9:28am

My wife & I completed an self supported trip in June 2019 using the Cicerone route exclusively but supported by advice & comments on this fantastic forum, thank you everyone.
I hope I can provide some 'pay back' to the forum by sharing my own thoughts & advice via my blog & diary here: https://through-the-lens.exposure.co/lands-end-to-john-ogroats-by-bike?source=share-through-the-lens
Happy to answer any questions anyone has, an absolutely fantastic trip, wouldn't change it for the world.
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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby Chat Noir » 11 Oct 2019, 10:52am

That really is an excellent read and some great photos.

Thank you.
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Postby Mick F » 11 Oct 2019, 11:05am

Plus One from me! :D
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Postby loafer » 11 Oct 2019, 3:07pm

Good write up and Great photo's Thoroughly enjoyed ...I felt I was riding along with you both :D

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby robgul » 11 Oct 2019, 9:28pm

awinf wrote:My wife & I completed an self supported trip in June 2019 using the Cicerone route exclusively but supported by advice & comments on this fantastic forum, thank you everyone.
I hope I can provide some 'pay back' to the forum by sharing my own thoughts & advice via my blog & diary here: https://through-the-lens.exposure.co/lands-end-to-john-ogroats-by-bike?source=share-through-the-lens
Happy to answer any questions anyone has, an absolutely fantastic trip, wouldn't change it for the world.
Adam


Would you like to add this to the Journals at www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk ? If so drop me an email from the Contact page on the website and I'll be in touch to set it up.

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby awinf » 13 Oct 2019, 8:47am

Thank you, I hope the advice will be of use to others.
Robgul, I've sent a message via the website's contact form, thanks.
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Postby PH » 13 Oct 2019, 9:17am

I enjoyed that, well written and a good set of photos.

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Postby Jamesh » 13 Oct 2019, 4:07pm

Nice report.

Supprised about the tire my wiggle 25mm race tyres is still going strong.

Perhaps the Extra weight of panniers increased the wear of the rear tire.

Probably about the best time scale 14 days fast enough to do it in a reasonable time but slow enough to see stuff.

Cheers James

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby awinf » 14 Oct 2019, 6:55am

Jamesh wrote:Nice report.

Supprised about the tire my wiggle 25mm race tyres is still going strong.

Perhaps the Extra weight of panniers increased the wear of the rear tire.

Probably about the best time scale 14 days fast enough to do it in a reasonable time but slow enough to see stuff.

Cheers James


James - indeed, I'm sure it was the load from the panniers that affected it, especially as the added load sat just behind the axle, that and atrocious road surfaces along Lock Lomond! All three other tyres were absolutely fine so I was surprised and hope others will know to take this into account.

14 days allowed us to focus on the riding without too much pressure but even then we had some full on days, mainly due to the weather.
Thanks for your feedback, appreciate it.

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby Nickeveson » 17 Oct 2019, 10:51am

A good read, and nice to read about a different route to our Wimps route, used in 2018

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby Enigmadick » 21 Oct 2019, 1:15pm

Great read and some wonderful images.

I always tour on 25c tyres - usually Conti Gatorskins - despite telling readers of the Cicerone guidebooks I've written to use 28c as a minimum and preferably something wider and more substantial. Sure it wears the rear tyre out fairly fast but it generally isn't a problem and earlier this year I rode the fire tracks on the Queen Elizabeth Forest stretch of NCN 7 north of Aberfoyle while doing LeJog without any problem despite the Sustrans warning sign at the entrance suggesting road cyclists might find it unsuitable.

They're the widest I can fit on my early version Enigma Etape with mudguards, but I ain't buying a new bike anytime soon.
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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby wjhall » 16 Dec 2019, 12:44pm

awinf wrote:My wife & I completed an self supported trip in June 2019 using the Cicerone route exclusively ... ...
I hope I can provide some 'pay back' to the forum by sharing my own thoughts & advice via my blog & diary here: https://through-the-lens.exposure.co/lands-end-to-john-ogroats-by-bike?source=share-through-the-lens
....
Adam


I see you entered Ashton Court, but then presumably stayed on the lower level, and found the resulting trip up the A403 miserable. Although the A403 does now have a related cycle route, including broad shared pavements that are generally rather wider and better than many parts of the Portway cycle track, there are two much better, rather pleasant ways through North Bristol.

(a) Climb up through Ashton Court, cross the Clifton suspension bridge and follow minor suburban roads down into the Trym Valley, thence to Easter Compton, and the Severn bridge.

(b) Follow your low level route along the Portway cycle track only as far as the slip road to Sea Mills station, then join the Trym Valley route above.

See related recent thread, for other related options: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=132914

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby videoman » 16 Dec 2019, 11:17pm

Great report and photos and a ride I would love to do before I get much older, thanks for sharing.

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby scarletnut » 28 Dec 2019, 8:08pm

Great read - did this route on my own in September 2018 at the age of 65. It was tough but definitely doing LEJoG again in a few years time! Looking back at my diary I realise the Cicerone route is based primarily on Youth Hostels and I will avoid the Forest of Bowland and Clun (the climb 3 miles out of Clun probably one of the worst!) although I agree that that one before Fowey on Day 1 is cruel.... Loved Moffat, hated the road surface to Glasgow, loved Tyndrum to Glencoe, hated the A82 to Fort William too!!
So next time I would do northwards out of Cornwall/Devon, avoid Clun hill, go Mersey crossing, Lancaster and A6 to Carlisle and after Gretna go east through Edinburgh but can't wait to do Inverness north exactly the same, but without Storm Ali.... Never had the climbing stats on my bike computer so thanks for this. Doing Bristol to Monmouth on a Sunday also helps with the Avon industrial section.

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Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 29 Dec 2019, 12:58am

Hi,
Well I am glad you liked Dartmoor.
Best done from tavistock - princetown - mortenhampstead, or in reverse :)
That way it will be exhilarating both ways....seriously, the big dipper from princetown to merrivale or princetown to yelverton will pull your hair out :P
Hair raising yep down into mortenhampstead :lol: Probably the best drop by far off Dartmoor.
Easy route up Dartmoor from Plymouth would be the "Drakes Trail" not sure which way you went but the road up from Plymouth is busy to yelverton, straight on up to Dartmoor this is a climb too, (unless you would head straight for tavistock then on up to Oakhampton) then on to postbridge and on into mortenhampstead. As you know many views on Dartmoor.

Its a pity that many shun Dartmoor, the weather in summer is nothing compared to the north and Scotland for sure in summer, you found that out the hard way.

Well done!
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