A lot of happy people waking up this morning a bit like your last day at school. Even those who’ve had doubts at times cautiously felt they were going to succeed. Team blue/white were in pink/white this morning and were spotted doing exercises. Team Wimps responded doing the Hokey Pokey.
No I’ve no idea why they were caged in. Don’t worry though they did escape.
We made it as far as Helmsdale this morning for second breakfast. The guy was just opening his cafe and getting his shopping in as I pulled up outside. The first big climb of the day was not far away now and fuel was needed. ( Team Sky….. take note ). Helmsdale climb came and went and wasn’t bad at all. Only one more climb left before I’ve bragging rights I rode every hill.
Waiting at the bottom if the Berriedale climb for the rest of the team I was tempted.
But resisted 😁 Berriedale was steep, I did stop to take a picture, but did ride it all.
So this was Sutherland and next up Caithness. I wasn’t disappointed here as it’s always looked cold and bleak. It really was cold and bleak and I guess this was summer.
The target was soon in sight and rolling into JoG there was team pink/white holding a loo roll banner across the road for us to break. Thanks lads, if ever one of you reads this blog, we loved it.
Further down the road our wonderful, fantastic, indispensable support ladies were waiting for us and our team van behind.
WE DID IT ! Sadly two of our Wimps didn’t get this far and we feel gutted for them and remembered them on the finish line.
Tents up and showered there was only one fitting end to this epic ride. Pub and meal, the Seaview Hotel did us proud and there were the Bristol students in matching t shirts.
Total milage 929miles
Total climbing 31,000 ft
Top speed 47mph coming off Helmsdale
First … time I’ve e ridden a LEJOG
Summary: I’ve had a wonderful 14 dry sunny days riding my bike with a most wonderful bunch of people. The laughs we have had would be a tonic for anyone. We’ve had high days, not just in climbing, and low days as I expected. The morning we rode from Ludlow to Shrewsbury through the Shropshire hills was the most outstanding.
Day four getting around Bristol heading for Dursley will always remain as a very low point. That day still bugs me and maybe one day I’ll get to grips with it. My current thoughts are it’s down to personal expectations. The only advice I will give to anyone reading this blog intending to ride with a group is don’t allow others expectations to spoil yours.
Worthy of mention I finished this ride without a single ache or pain not even a saddle sore. Never had to resort to painkillers ( unlike some) and I attribute it to 18 months of Pilates. A big thank you to Amy Henderson http://www.pilateswithjane.co.uk/. Without her classes I doubt I’d ever got there.
If you’ve read my blog from the start I know you will be wondering “What about those five pences?” They arrived in John o Groats safe and sound I’ve heard tell they are waiting for a ferry to the Orkneys.