We have just finished! 17 days from July 26th to August 11th. Whole story is on http://landsendtojohnogroats.weebly.com/results.html This page is steadily being updated with photos.
Once at John O Groats we got back by staying in John O Groats YHA overnight, then cycled back to Thurso (18 miles) the next day to The Bike Shop. Here they helped us pack our bikes into boxes for £15 each and we posted them back home at the post office for £37. The Bike Shop were very helpful indeed and a mine of information about how to pack the bikes. If you are going to do it this way you need to order the bike boxes in advance. A lot of the stuff we had in the panniers also went in with the bikes including helmets so we had the minimum to carry around with us.
Then got the train to Inverness (£17), stayed in Inverness YHA which is easy walking distance from the station and an Indian restaurant! Next day got the bus to Inverness airport (£3.40) and flew back to Bristol on EasyJet. We booked the flights last September so they were only £22.
You could take the bikes on EasyJet but they would be heavy and cumbersome to lug around in the boxes and you would only save about £15 or so.
Specific board for this popular undertaking.
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Well done guys on finishing the ride and on the money raised.. Thanks for the write-up. I think the travellodge bike-in-room thing is common with tourists and audaxers. I have done this myself and no one batted an eyelid, even when I took my bike up in hte lift in the TL in the centre of Lancaster. I am doing LEJOG in May next year and can't wait to get started.
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