Janand Simon's LEJoG

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby Paulatic » 4 Jun 2018, 4:21pm

A7 Simon wrote:Day 12 Carlisle to Moffat

Easiest day only 45 miles and 1800 feet.

Easy to leave Carlisle from the centre - down to the Eden bridge and turn left just after on to Route 7.

B 7060 fine apart from some nasty potholes.
Took the (forum) recommended diversion west after Lockerbie.

Lovely road. We were passed by a total of 8 vehicles between Lockerbie and Beattock.

Our fastest day: 8.9 mph moving. 8.0 overall.


Sorry you must have hit rush hour on the road to Beattock :D
If you thought the surface on R74 was bad today wait til you go over the summit tomorrow :twisted:
Met a Lady today also on LEJOG Carlisle > Moffat you might have passed her earlier?
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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 4 Jun 2018, 4:30pm

We cycle VERY slowly.

The only thing we have passed this year was a road sweeping truck!

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 5 Jun 2018, 9:12pm

Day 13 Moffat to Whitburn

An easy day. Up to Abington and then the Clyde valley was good. The 704 ok.
Didn't like the 706 and came off it on to minor roads for the last few miles.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 7 Jun 2018, 7:52am

Day 14 Whitburn to Perth

Wasn't looking forward to the main roads to the Forth bridge but we left late and they were fine.

Had the bridge almost to ourselves. Quite surreal.

Lovely day. Enjoyed the ride which was on Routes 1 and 775.

We like Perth, too.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 7 Jun 2018, 5:56pm

Day 15 Perth to Blair Atholl

Lovely weather. We have been so lucky so far with the weather.

Good route: the 77 out of Perth and then the 7 along the valley of the Tummel.

Very few cars and less climbing than expected.

Enjoyed lunch by the Tay in the sunshine in Dunkeld.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby horizon » 7 Jun 2018, 10:02pm

I heard it was 30 degrees in Scotland.
It's autumn in England with the trees turning golden. So we say leaves mean leaves.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 9 Jun 2018, 8:25am

Day 16 Blair Atholl to Carrbridge

Drumochter nice and easy.
Weather perfect for it.

Surfaces on the cycle track no worse than we have come across on the canal towpaths.

Another lovely ride. Route 7 all the way until I thought I'd save a couple of miles by going through Aviemore.

Resulting bit of A95 (?) not nice.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 9 Jun 2018, 9:01pm

Day 17 Carrbridge to Tain

Route 7 to Inverness.
Got a bit lost
Picked up Route 1 and took the Black Isle option.
As it was a Saturday afternoon stayed on the main road to Cromarty and kept to the coast road from Nigg.
Even used the A9 into Tain.

Another good day apart from the cold East wind which really made itself felt on the Black Isle.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 11 Jun 2018, 8:45pm

Day 18 Tain to Altnaharra

Kept to the A road instead of the cycle route.
Which I think gave us more climbing but good views.

Another day we really enjoyed. The good weather helped.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 11 Jun 2018, 9:02pm

Day 19 Altnaharra to Castletown

Used the B road instead of the cycle route through Tongue.

Lovely ride along the loch. Quite a lot of small ups and downs.

Then the shock of the series of hills at Bettyhill.
Like being back in Cornwall again.
Not sure about Route 1 when it comes away from the A road. It is a straight road and we had a lot of fast traffic. It was going home time and it seemed to be used as a cut through.

Road surfaces on a couple of Betthill downhills and going into Thurso were awful.

But another great day.

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 12 Jun 2018, 5:30pm

Day 20 Castletown to JoG

Early start. 15 mile bash along the A road and we finish.

Feels unreal, like we've just stepped off a bus.

Stash the bikes and panniers ready for the carrier.
Grab a coffee then it's time for the Orkney ferry.....

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby Paulatic » 12 Jun 2018, 5:45pm

Congratulations and enjoy the rest of your trip.
I’ve enjoyed reading the updates it’s good to know how people are getting on.
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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby oldmanonabike » 12 Jun 2018, 9:07pm

Paulatic wrote:Congratulations and enjoy the rest of your trip.
I’ve enjoyed reading the updates it’s good to know how people are getting on.

+1
I'm not getting older,just gaining more experience

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Re: Janand Simon's LEJoG

Postby A7 Simon » 15 Jun 2018, 7:24am

Now we are home. The bikes are not back yet, but they said it could take a week. Flying back made for an easy "winding down" day.

We did 1009 miles, 49208 feet of climbing as recorded by my Garmin. When planning the route I found differences, sometimes large ones, between the route planner's elevation estimates. I may return to this, if I have time.

I was mainly pleased with the route, if we did it again there are some bits of A road I would avoid, some I would include.

I found I did not know enough about cycling routes through towns. The information may be there, but is in different formats and often not easy to read.

I have more respect for Sustrans' routes than I had before I started, though I still would not follow them everywhere. But if they take what appears to be a pointless diversion, I would do more checking before discounting it.

Bikes were an old Galaxy and a Specialized Vita, both geared 48/ ?/28 and 11 - 34, which we found adequate.
We broke wheels on our usual road bikes when doing training rides, so I acquired these to give us a more "touring" spec bikes.

I used top/top gear for about 10 miles in total, Jan never used it. Bottom/bottom, probably 50 miles' worth.

No punctures, both bikes on Schwalbe Marathon Greenguard 32 section.

I used Germolene a few times, Jan a tub of Assos cream. Neither for major problems.

We both had the equivalent of 2 off 15 litre panniers, which took all our stuff with a bit of space left over for the day's sandwiches.

We were so lucky - we didn't use our waterproof trousers and overshoes. We had half an hour's downpour in Lancaster, and a few drizzly bits, and it got quite a lot colder as we went north.

The best bit? Just doing it, it is a wonderful experience.

But somewhere, maybe 45 miles into the day, cycling along a country lane, miles from home and with miles and miles to go, I realised I didn't feel my 68 years, I felt young again.