After much studying of 6 stupidly scary GPS tracks, the co-pilot and I decided that the Hummers Tour of all the hills between Lands End and John O Groats wasn’t for us. My legs and his kapok weren’t going to be up to it. Also, we wanted a tour, an adventure; not a boot camp for cyclists’. It took a while to re-invent the wheel, but eventually I managed to do so; having tiny tires in the equation may just have helped. This was declared a result by the co-pilot as not only was he going to get his ride on the Caledonian sleeper (ticket already in our hot sticky hands) but we would also be able to go in search of Nessy as well as wild hairy haggis. So a win, win, win. When and where we were going to be able to purchase a haggis whistle to find the wild and hairy ones was another matter.
The Cunning Pan
Our strange adventure; Bradford on Avon (BoA) to John O Groats (JoG) is going to begin with the annual pilgrimage and in our case prologue to The Hall via a 200km spin on Friday 6th September for the Moultoneers summer meet up. We will then loiter; something that we are good at on the Saturday at The Hall, BoA doing all things Moulton. We will then on the Sunday saunter over to the Three Cocks, near Hay on Wye to meet up with Hummers and his merry men. From there we will hopefully, with a few cunning adjustments suffer up to Crianlarich and a bed at the Youth Hotel having overnighted at Warrington and Longtown. Then there will be a parting of the ways as we will be heading over to Inverness for a two night stay and a search for Nessy. The alternative is the Hummers route which is a 733km bike ride with 10,658m of climbing. Then we will take the coast road up to John O Groats where we will be reunited with Hummers and his men for the arrivee.
After that, we will be on Postie’s Magical Mystery tour of Scotland for 4 days with the only known factors being a Travel Lodge in Inverness on Tuesday night and alighting on to the Caledonian Sleeper on Wednesday evening, arriving in London as the birds start tweeting Thursday morning.
We have been inspired by Cycling Europe (Andrew Sykes) and Reggie the Ridgeback with their blogging on their recent two month escapade in Europe. Having used Tumblr on Pedal On UK, we were going to give on the pedal blogging a whirl on our BoA-JoG, which time permitting.