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News from the road as Rob (the webmaster) & Jon ride LEJOG

Train from Birmingham, via Bristol, to Penzance and cycle to Land's End on Sunday 6 June 2010 : on the road from Monday 7 June 2010 - arrived at John O'Groats on Saturday 19 June 2010

The messages below were all transmitted during the trip - e-mailed direct to the website.


Friday 11s at Tain
Friday, 18 June 2010 09:32
HEADWIND for 24 miles - but at least it's flat so far today!

From Rob's handlebars
Welcome to Dingywood ....
Thursday, 17 June 2010 20:32
The sleepy town of Dingwall is alive with a film crew - lights, action, the whole bit. It's a film called A Lonely Place to Die and has Melissa George (whoever she may be) in it. Jon lurked about looking for a part as an extra, but they had already cast 962 bystanders and there was no need for the 963rd.
Shorter day tomorrow and we see the sea again, just have to keep it on the right.

From Rob's handlebars
Thurs - it must be Dingwall
Thursday, 17 June 2010 17:21
Great ride with a really tough climb (I think the first 'chevrons' on the map since Devon) - fantastic views, but quite a bit of traffic.
[JoeC - we went to the bike shop that mended your gears .. just to use the track pump - the bloke didn't recognise me]

From Rob's handlebars
Thurs - 11s
Thursday, 17 June 2010 16:53
Just short of Fort Augustus in glorious sunshine.
Called briefly on my cousin DavidM - not seen him for nearly 30 years, although I did ride past his house when I rode JOGLE in 2005
Edit-no signal so sent later

From Rob's handlebars
Day 11
Thursday, 17 June 2010 16:53

Over 800 miles completed now. Today was one of rolling roads beside lochs including Ness. Rhododendrons, heathers, red squirrel (dead), heathers, gorse, more siskins and lapwings.
Foreign motorbikes and camper vans were ubiquitous.
Mega climb out of Drum-na-drochit, 750 feet in 3K but then a 40mph descent.
Next two days are only fifty miles or so each - they will feel like rest days!

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

Message errors
Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:10
Mrs G was at Pilates class so no updates .... I was just wittering on about car hub caps and bits of wing mirror beside the road.

Thanks to Roger & MaryG and SallyE for their donations on Justgiving.

From Rob's handlebars
Quiz answer re M6
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 19:55
It's on Shap Fell where the M6 divides at the top of a quarry ... and a road runs between the carriageways.
RegE & brother Roger got the answer correct but Roger had the slight edge by supplying the name of it - Scout Road.

From Rob's handlebars
System has gone nuts
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:22
Messages just sent seem to be awry - I'll try and get the home-based editorial team (Mrs G) to fix it.

From Rob's handlebars
RE: Weds evening at Fort Willie
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:18
Hmm ... Looks like message got truncated by Mr Googlemail on it's way to the website .. It should say :
... and if I had
Weds evening at Fort Willie
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:07
Crossed Rannoch Moor in constant headwind but then sped for miles at great pace down through Glencoe.
For the whole ride I've been amazed at the roadside rubbish .. McDonald's cartons miles from the nearest outlet, cans of all descriptions, and if I had
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