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.
Lets start with the bike 2012 Giant Defy 1. I have to say I'm very happy with it, it's light but strong has been faultless only requiring me to clean and oil the chain. I can get quite quick on the flats hand has been strong enough to take me and the two rear panniers. I think this was also helped greatly by the expert help and advice from DCR Wheels who built me a set of wheels more suited to touring, yet nearly as light as the wheels on the bike. The roads where quick potted in places on the very minor roads used on part of the trip down to Lands End and the wheels are still faultless! Well happy with those. The tyres were also a brilliant bit of kit, Michelin Pro 4 Endurance. These I've had for several months and are slicks. Although not really wet weather on the trip , I have ridden them in the wet and they have been very well behaved. On this trip 273 miles without a puncture and very happy with that. They roll very well and give me the speed I wanted over a heavier more puncture resistant option. Still no punctures, fingers crossed. The tool kit and saddle bag I got from the good people at Lynzee proved to be… well unused! But piece of mind in the knowledge I had tested it and was all I would have needed for anything I would be willing to tackle at the roadside. The FS260-Pro Bibshorts II, Baa Baa long sleeve tops I got from Endura proved to be very comfortable and warm. It was easy to wash and dry overnight so they will be coming on the End to End for certain.