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.
A bit extreme you might say? Well let me tell just how dangerous they can be. The first problem is where they are put, generally right next to footpaths. So what tends to happen is people amble along the footpath and then just decide they fancy crossing the line and onto the cycle path. This usually happens when I'm approaching at 20mph, causing me to take sharp evasive action. It's a bit like wandering into lane one of the motorway, you just wouldn't do it would you? Well certainly not without looking, yet they all do it. Then they look at you as if you've tried to run them over! You would think a middle aged man dressed in bright yellow lycra would be easy to see, wouldn't you? Yet it appears to act as camouflage on a cycle path! Next is the dog walker, again I have nothing against them , I have a dog myself. Yet trying to avoid one darting to and from the hedges in front of you is bloody tricky. That's off the lead, if they've got one of those extending leads, it's like serious garrotting time! I was so nearly taken out by both today! I think I'll take my chances with the traffic, its far safer than taking my chances with the public. LOL
For Colin's mum... who assures me is much more excited about the ride than we are !
I think the penny is beginning to drop and Colin has started to extend his route to work as well. Although I rarely see his bike at work?..."Colin you sure you cycled this and haven't just driven it very slowly in the car!" LOL
So a recap:
6/5/13 Staying at Northern Sands ( Arrival day) Dunnet
7/5/13 Staying at Inverbrora ( First day of ride)
8/5/13 Staying at The Bank House Fort Augustus
9/5/13 Staying at Strathfillan House Tyndrum
10/5/13 Staying at Free night at my sisters in Irvine
11/5/13 Staying at Premmier Inn Carlisle
12/5/13 Staying at Free night at Colins mum's in Blackburn
13/5/13 Staying at Free night at Eileen's (Auntie-in-Law if there is such a thing) in Nantwich
14/5/13 Staying at Abbey Hotel Tewkesbury
15/5/13 Staying at The Oak House Cheddar
16/5/13 Staying at The Knot Garden Great Torrington
17/5/13 Staying at Free night at Tina's (Mummy-in-Law) Mawnan Smith
18/5/13 Arrival at Lands End , via the Lizard, if all goes to plan!
Here's the new route
where it states
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inflammation, pain, anti-inflammatory, back-pain, tendinitis, arthritis"
This is with the proviso
This list is a reference source for licensed medical products according to the latest IOC (International Olympic Committee) guidelines. Some food supplements are included, but verified information on ingredients of most supplements is very hard to obtain.
Medicines and supplements may change in appearance, content and banned status from time to time, and some organisations may have more stringent rules for their own sport.
If you are in any doubt, consult with your group medical officer."
Well i've got a note from my doctor.....surely thats good enough isn't it? ;-)