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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.


Day 8 continued
Monday, 14 June 2010 17:13

Climb over a four mile stretch of 700 feet to Beattock although not as high as Shap (note Joe C :-) ). Two 20 year olds passed me but I caught them half a mile from top - Aesop's tortoise again ! Waited for Rob at top and trainspotted including a triple header!

Fantastic B&B/hotel Holmlands Country House - quite opulent amazing loo seats. Note to Mrs Trellis of North Wales, we're both having pie tonight!

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

Quiz update
Monday, 14 June 2010 17:12
One correct answer so far - my family members will guess who it was .... (the answer did stop short of the Grid Ref)

From Rob's handlebars
Monday evening
Monday, 14 June 2010 17:12
Now at hotel at Crawford in bright sunshine - tough climb over Beattock for me (by the time I got there Jon needed another shave)
Dinner ordered and awaited - oh, and room has bath .... Bliss.

From Rob's handlebars
Day 8
Monday, 14 June 2010 11:44

Into Carlisle for a new front tyre, new pump and spare tubes. Thank you Palace cycles.
Met a fellow endtoender who had run out of gears in Cornwall!
Into Scotland at Gretna for lunch at Lockerbie

Last night's B&B was fantastic at the Crossroads B&B in Brisco - thanks again for the donation

Finally a big Hi to Claire - Lucie's sister.

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

Monday - early lunch
Monday, 14 June 2010 11:40
At Lockerbie - half way for the day - having stopped in Carlisle to buy a new pump (the other one failed yesterday)
BTW - the time stamp on these messages is one hour earlier than it actually is.

From Rob's handlebars
Quiz question
Sunday, 13 June 2010 21:40
We cycled on the central reservation of the M6 today (legally) - anyone know how we did it? E-mail your answer to me at the usual address (sorry, no prizes available! - answer will be announced later in the week)

From Rob's handlebars
Day 7
Sunday, 13 June 2010 19:34

Over half way now. Nearly in Scotland. Wet and cold, wore waterproof trousers for first time. Two punctures and a broken pump. Off to bike shop tomorrow. Shap was not as bad as I was led to believe.
Lapwings, oystercatcher, skylark, meadow pippits, a bramling and I think an osprey!

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

At Carlisle...
Sunday, 13 June 2010 19:28
...last missive of mine may have implied a stop at Penrith ... that's WAY south of where we are!

From Rob's handlebars
Guys are swimming and sailing ...
Sunday, 13 June 2010 18:36
Set off from lunch in medium rain for the (easyish) ascent of Shap and to Penrith - last 10 miles in sunshine. 81 miles for the day, only about 60 tomorrow.

From Rob's handlebars
Sunday - late - lunchtime
Sunday, 13 June 2010 13:39
Summary - easy first 30 miles and then VERY wet - Shap Fell isnext
From Rob's handlebars
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