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Photo-journal of our 2013 Winter LEJOG

Photo-journal of our 2013 Winter LEJOG

Right, we are still waiting for the hard drive and the CF card to come back along with the recovered data. The good news from the technical guys looking into it is that they will be able to recover the data. Great news, really, as imagining losing all of those photographs and videos is really not a […]

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We did it! The winter LEJOG… complete!

We did it! The winter LEJOG… complete!

We did it!!! Completed the Land’s End – John O’Groats route, through the British winter! Tiring, but at the end of it all… great fun and I guess we are pretty pleased with ourselves! First of all, however, apologies for the time it has taken to post this, and for the lack of photos: when […]

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Penultimate day, riding up to the village of Keiss, just north of Wick

Penultimate day, riding up to the village of Keiss, just north of Wick

So near! At the beginning of the day, we had just slightly more than 100km to ride to reach John O’Groats. We decided, however, that we would just ride to a place called Keiss, about seven miles away from our ending destination, so we would not be in any hurry to get to John O’Groats […]

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Less than 200km to go: Day 15, Inverness to Brora

Less than 200km to go: Day 15, Inverness to Brora

Total distance covered (start of day): 1,356km Distance travelled over the day: 93.38km Total distance remaining at end of day: 104.55km It was good being back in Inverness. The reason for this was that the town was always a place where my family and I would stop off when going from the Orkney Islands to […]

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Final day in the Cairngorms and up to Inverness – Day 14 on the road

Final day in the Cairngorms and up to Inverness – Day 14 on the road

Total distance covered (start of day): 1,282km Distance travelled over the day: 74.46km Total distance remaining at end of day: 197.93km In Newtonmore, we stayed at Clune House (http://www.clune-house.co.uk/) – a family run B&B which was excellent. Unfortunately, not really any members of Warmshowers or Couchsurfing in the area to stay with, but this was […]

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Up into the Scottish Highlands and the challenge of the Cairngorms – Day 13

Up into the Scottish Highlands and the challenge of the Cairngorms – Day 13

From Blairgowrie into the Cairngorm mountains in what may have been the toughest full day of cycling. This was the day which I was probably most worried about, with 100km or so of cycling planned, of which most would be going up hill. Not just up hill, but up hill in to the Scottish highlands […]

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Onwards and northwards, Day 12 to Blairgowrie

Onwards and northwards, Day 12 to Blairgowrie

It was slightly hard mustering the will to leave Edinburgh and continue the ride – I have to admit that the day of rest had been very welcome. Though we had to continue, onwards, northwards, on the final phase of the journey towards John O’Groats. We believed that this would probably be the hardest phase […]

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Wandering around Edinburgh

Wandering around Edinburgh

It had been a while since in Edinburgh, and as neither Natalia nor Paulo had been in Scotland before, we had a day off scheduled in the city. We stayed with Melanie, an English teacher, and Charlie, her husband who is an actor. As with many other hosts, we met them through Warm Showers. Both […]

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Day 11 – From Galashiels to Edinburgh – two thirds of the way through

Day 11 – From Galashiels to Edinburgh – two thirds of the way through

At Galashiels we stayed with Strachan and his girlfriend Alex. As with our previous hosts we had met through Warm Showers and Couch Surfing, they were fantastic people – incredibly generous and helpful, and had some great stories to tell. They built their own bikes and are planning a world bike tour, which I really […]

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Day 10 and the journey through the snow: from Carlisle into Scotland

Day 10 and the journey through the snow: from Carlisle into Scotland

Carlisle was the city where I spent three years of my high school life at a boarding school called Austin Friars, up until I finished my GCSEs. It was good to be back in the town as I had never been there since I left the school. Those were… interesting years; the school was good, […]

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