Day 11- Durnoch to John O'Groats
Well today was the final day, the last stretch! We set off along the coastline up through Golspie and Brora. The wind was strong and against us for the first 50 miles, until we turned left up to the north coast to Thurso. From Thurso, it was the final leg, the last 20 miles to John O'Groats and what a final leg it was. It was a block head wind, the windiest we have had it and we had to try all the way to the end. But we did it, with a total distance of 1007 miles!
Day 10- Gairlochy to Durnoch
Today has been a lovely day of riding, the weather could not have been better! We set off this morning and had a visit to a Commando Memorial ground. Afterwards, we rode along side Loch Lochy and Loch Oich; then we rode down a canal path along the Caledonian Canal, which again had some stunning views and led us to Fort Augustus. From there, we rode along the side of Loch Ness (although we did not see the Loch Ness monster) to a place called Drumnadrochit, where we had some dinner. Afterwards, it was a very steep climb and through some lovely countryside to a place called Invergorden, where we saw the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft carrier (ask Mrs Tinsley about it). Then onwards over the Donorch Firth Bridge to our stop over for tonight, ready for our final leg to John O'Groats tomorrow!
Day 9- Inveraray to Gairlochy
It was a chilly start to the morning. As we turned the first corner, we started climbing for 7 miles, which certainly got the legs going! At the other side, we rode along side Loch Awe, with lovely views across to the other side of the Loch. Later on in the day the weather brightened up and we saw some stunning views of the valleys as we rode over the Ballachulish Bridge with Glencoe to our right and on to Fort William. From there you could see Ben Nevis, which is a breathtaking sight. As we rode on to our destination, there some lovely views around every single corner.
Day 8- Kilmarnock to Inveraray
Today has been a day to take in the beautiful views of Scotland. At the start of the day we headed West and rode up the coast to Gourock, with a lovely view of the Isle of Arran on our left hand side, where we caught a ferry to Dunnon. However, is hasn't all been easy riding, as it was very windy this morning along the coastline. This afternoon we saw some stunning views, as we rode along side Loch Eck and Loch Fyne.
Day 7- Carlisle to Kilmarnock
After a drizzly start we did not expect much from the weather, however it brightened up for a short while. There were some lovely forestry areas, with some lovely views that disappeared into the low lying cloud. Along the way there were not many towns to navigate through as we skipped around Dumfries. The later it got, the more hills and rain we encountered, especially in the last 15 miles, where we had a strong crosswind with heavy rain.
Day 6- Preston to Carlisle
After 10 minutes of riding the rain started and we thought 'oh no, not again', however, fortunately it was just a shower. For the rest of the day it was mainly cloudy with some sunshine. There weren't any major towns that we had to pass through today, which helped us progress quicker. This morning we passed through Lancaster and headed towards Kendal. After Kendal, we headed into the Lake District and had a 10 mile climb up to Shap. Then down to Penrith we went. After a stop at Penrith, we headed through Carlisle to our over night stop. With over 550 miles completed so far, we are over half way there as we head into Scotland tomorrow.
Today has been a relatively flat day compared to the climbing we have already encountered. We started off riding through lovely countryside until Warrington, where the scenery changed to large urban areas. The hardest part that we found today, was navigating from Warrington to Preston, avoiding main roads. Tomorrow we will hopefully be out of all the large towns and heading towards the Scottish Borders through the Lake District.
Day 4- Chepstow to Shrewsbury
After challenging weather yesterday, today was totally different; it was mainly sunshine from start to finish. At first we went through the Forest of Dean and down into the Wye Valley, which is an area of outstanding beauty and I can understand why. There was some lovely scenery along the, especially when riding through the valleys and at the tops of the hills. As well as the scenery in the countryside, we rode through Hereford and Ludlow, which have some beautiful Tudor buildings.
Day 3- Tiverton to Chepstow
It was a nice a start to the day as we cycled from Tiverton to Bridgewater down canal tow paths. However, from about 10:30 the rain started and did not stop! It ended up been a hard day of riding, cycling nearly 105 miles. We cycled through Cheddar and had a look at Cheddar Gorge, which is a lovely place to visit. After Cheddar, we cycled over both the Avonmouth Bridge and the Severn Bridge. Hopefully it will be a brighter day tomorrow as we cycle up through Hereford and up to Shewsbury.
Day 2- Liskeard to Tiverton
Today was just as it said it was going to be, hilly! With the hills starting after Liskeard, they carried on for the duration of the day. After riding through the lovely town of Tavistock, we started to climb and didn't stop until we reach the top of the Dartmoor Moors, which is nearly 1500ft above sea level. Although, when we reached the summit of the climbs, there were some beautiful views. Tomorrow will be the longest day so far, but not as much climbing, with a trip to Cheddar Gorge I think.
Day 1- Land’s End to Liskeard
After driving through the mist and drizzle to get to Land’s End, it was a bit of an apprehensive start. However, when we started the mist had cleared and we set off on our 1000-mile bike ride. We saw some lovely scenery along the way, especially along the coast, as we cycled past St. Michael's Mount. As well as St. Michael’s Mount, we saw Truro Cathedral and the Eden Project. It has been a very hilly day and we have climbed a total of over 7000ft. Although, tomorrow is supposed to be the hilliest but shortest day as we cross over Dartmoor.