What's it all about?

At the end of September 2012 I completed a cycle from Portsmouth 2 Penzance a total of 273 miles! raising money for Children In Need is the Plan. This was also be a personal challenge for me as I haven't been cycling in over 25 years and that was only for fun nothing serious. On top of that have a prolapsed disc, was 46 years old and at the start of 2012 a bit over weight, well lot over weight really, since then I've lost nearly 3 stone! So I opted to do the big one, John O'Groats 2 Lands End on May 6th 2013. The End 2 End or P2P (point to point, as it's sometimes called ) around 1000 miles! This time I had company, Colin, a friend from work, who has said he is as mad as I am and would like to come! This blog contains that story....This event is in memory of the sad passing of my mum on 17th of April this year having lost her fight with terminal Bowel Cancer.

I guess you'd call it the sequel, I have decided it would be just rude not to go back the other way!!! so May 2015, with a new friend, Pete and with Alan driving a support vehicle ( luxury) we plan the classic Lands End to John O'Groats, also known as LEJOG
. Mad ? yes I think we must be.

Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Day 2

After yesterday I wasn't sure how I'd feel today, about getting back on the bike. The good news was the body appeared, on a whole to be ok. So full English under my belt I set off on the short trip to Taunton 50 miles. A good start, that hill I climbed end of yesterday, got to go down the other side, weeeee. Unfortunately forgot to start the bike computer until the bottom, so lost a couple of miles and what my top speed was. The sun was out, the wind...well the wind was still there, though not quite as bad. Now clearly someone had been out last night building some hills as I don't remember seeing them on the map! To take my mind off of the ups and downs I play a game of I-spy-road kill, sorry to any children reading. I quickly tick off a fox, badger and a deer soon to add a rat or big mouse, didn't stop to check. It was around this time I was overtaken by several tractors pulling hay. Now, I look special enough in Lycra as it is, let alone covered in hay and I soon resembled a cycling Worzel Gummidge!  I then saw  squirrel to add to the I-spy list, clearly this ninja attack didn't work out so well for him. Just a hedgehog for a full set! Part of today involved a short 2 miles or so on the A303. What the **@# was I thinking. I can only liken the event to playing a live version of 'frogger' (for those of you too young to know what that is, please ask a grown up) and the noise. Still, I was quite good at frogger and survived ok (cant play any modern computer games though) I'm sure I'm a little more deaf now. Luckily the legs weren't too bad today, although my bottom was moaning towards the end. Shortly after the start of tomorrows ride, I hit a road called 'long drag hill' can't imagine what that will be like !

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