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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 7
Sunday, 13 June 2010 09:03

Picture stop just outside Carnforth we think we are half way now. We have a tail wind too, useful going over Shap.

Sent from the Mercian's handlebars by Jon

Saturday - now in bed
Saturday, 12 June 2010 20:39
80 miles into the wind (or at best across it) but fairly flat/rolling in the afternoon.
Dinner at a CHINESE restaurant ...purely through lack of choice in walking distance of the B&B - semi-European food available too so I was OK, phew!
Shap Fell tomorrow and some other climbs too.
Falling asl zzzzzzzzzzzz
From Rob's handlebars
Saturday, 12 June 2010 17:52
Jon's message abou the white van may have been truncated ...they gave him a fiver for our charity collection.

From Rob's handlebars
Day 6
Saturday, 12 June 2010 12:29
At last the weather is coming to our side; the wind backing to the west.

I had an incident with a white van. Two shaven-headed men drew alongside and said "Hey pal!"
Here we go I thought one put his arm out of the van and said, "Here you go mate, keep going!"
And promptly gave me a
Saturday - lunch!
Saturday, 12 June 2010 12:20
400 miles and we've crossed the M62 - still almost direct headwind, but no rain.

From Rob's handlebars
Friday ... Put me back on my bike!
Friday, 11 June 2010 17:50
A great day of riding with all the lumpy stuff out of the way before lunch at Church Stretton.
But - headwind then all the way to our overnight at Whitchurch - somewhat tired now.
From Rob's handlebars
Day 5 continued
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:10
Church Stretton for lunch. Hedgerows in full bloom: woody nightshade, cow parsley, campion and early foxgloves.
Passed an "organic" carpet outlet called Moral Fibre; didn't go in there was something lacking.
Onwards to Shrewsbury after lunch. Two endtoenders just appeared who passed us back in Cornwall - eat your heart out Aesop!

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Day 5
Friday, 11 June 2010 10:01
Much less wind (weatherwise), warmer too. Passed Serpent Farm where they cultivate snakes in the grass. Last night's stop had lovely rooms, big breakfasts and a superb laundry service - thanks to the Old Cow Shed nr Bromyard. In Ludlow now, we were going to use the French Pantry cafe but they can't spell licensed.

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Friday - mid-morning
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:49
At Ludlow for coffee & large cake. Still headwind but less strong.
From Rob's handlebars
Thursday, 10 June 2010 19:17
Serious headwind for the whole 80 miles ... tough.
Now in pub with beer & steak.
From Rob's handlebars
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