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Day 20: Tongue to John O Groats

Miles travelled: 66

Metres climbed: 1175

So, contrary to Alice’s promise, it was NOT “all down hill to John O Groats”! The day started with some of the toughest climbs we’ve had since Dartmoor!!ย image

But the views were stunning (pictures to follow…)

By the time we reached Melvich we were all lagging slightly, but after a great soup and toffee apple muffin (highly recommended!) at the Halladale Inn, we were revived and happily the road did begin to flatten out a little :).

We went on through Thurso and the beautiful Dunnet bay…ย 

ย We then had a quick coffee in Castletown, which the lovely Laura at the Castletown hotel refused to let us pay for ๐Ÿ™‚

And it was just another 16 miles into quite a strong headwind before we finally made it to John O Groats!


We have all been so touched and grateful for all the support and kindness we’ve received from friends and strangers alike… It’s still hard to believe that we’ve actually made it! Maybe it will feel more real after our “little swim” as Alice calls it…ย 

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Day 14: Loch Lomond to Glen Coe

Miles travelled: 54

Metres climbed: 760

Hours of torrential rain, wind and hail: 8

So far our experience of Scotland is that it is every bit as bleak as it is beautiful! The scenery certainly is stunning, it’s just that today we only got to glimpse it through sheets of rain and fog. Apparently the “real feel” temperature today was 2 degrees C, which was definitely a little colder than we’d planned for…

Today at was all about the stops! We planned our route around places where we could shelter from the elements… The first was the atmospheric Drovers Arms for the best coffeeย of the trip..

Then after a few more soggy hours we stopped at Tyndrum to defrost and refuel… The Real Food Cafe was fantastic – definitely set us up for the afternoon ahead ๐Ÿ™‚ I certainly would like the recipe for their Lime Courgette Cake…


Glen Coe didn’t seem as big a climb as we’d expected, but that was partly because we couldn’t see all that much… Nevertheless it was very satisfying to know that we have reached the Highlands and crossed Rannoch Moor…

It was colder than we’d realised and Mummy was almost hypothermic by the time we reached the Clachaig Inn and my feet were almost frostbitten (sorry for the gross picture!) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

image Fortunately a hit shower and a hearty dinner left us all feeling much better!!!



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Day 2: Cubert to Tavistock

Miles travelled: 56 (involving large detours to avoid the A30)
Metres climbed: 1490
Emergency treats: entire bag of Jelly Babies, mars bar, 2 gel sachets, 6 large chocolate cookies, 4 bananas.

Three hours of up the biggest hills we’ve ever seen in the cloudy drizzle left us feeling eager for more so we did the last one twice!! (You can imagine how popular the navigator was!!)

We actually hit a bit of a low point just before Liskeard, but an entire bag of jelly babies and mars bar perked us up! We also got a yummy freecappuccino in Bugle (courtesy of the Bugle Inn :))
After sandwiches in Dobwalls the day perked up greatly… The sky cleared and the views were spectacular ๐Ÿ™‚

We stayed as guests at the gorgeous Wonwood Barton, which was a little tricky to find, but we were greated by Claudine and Bill who made us feel immediately at home! They gave us hot showers, the best fish pie ever, yummy wine and entertained us all evening with their own cycling adventures!!

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On our way…

We are currently on the train to Penzance and it doesn’t yet feel real!At Reading Station

In some ways it feels a lifetime ago that we dreamt up this crazy adventure, when we had (somewhat delusionally) hoped that Daddy would be following us on our route taking in the best golf courses along the way… Yet at the same time the last few weeks and months have whizzed past at lightening speed and I suppose the most we can say is that we’re probably as ready as we’ll ever be! Hopefully Daddy will be watching over us (and ideally, blowing any bad weather away!)

We have been completely overwhelmed by all the support, kindness and generosity we have received from old friends, new acquaintances and some people who hardly even know us. Without all this we would never have even made it this far… A few people in particular have made an especially massive difference!

Danny at cycles UK – thanks for being the first to believe in our dream all those months ago and giving us such awesome bikes ๐Ÿ™‚ when you asked what bikes we wanted and I just said “anything better than a Boris bike” you could have just laughed me out of the shop, but you helped us turn our plan into action! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Borut Strel – thank you for showing us such An awesome time in Croatia and kick starting our swimming training – your confidence and humour were just what we needed and hopefully your training tips will mean we survive our swim ๐Ÿ™‚

Tori Gorman – you are an inspiration – swimming the channel makes Windermere seem like just a moderate sized puddle!!

Two people in particular (you know who you are!) have gone above and beyond the bounds of ordinary friendship… From kayaking behind us for 7hours in pouring rain to taking time off work to sort our bikes, our cars, our kit. We can’t thank you enough… And if you keep us afloat for the length of Windermere you will truly be heroes!!

It it is frightening how many people we’ve met recently who are suffering with Oesophageal cancer whenjust a couple of years ago I didn’t even know it existed. Hopefully the money we have raised will help in some way (however tiny a way) to mean that a cure can be found sooner… And hopefully focussing on that thought will get us up the tougher hills and through the colder patches of water!

Here is a video I watched recently when looking for inspirational pep talks – Randy Pausch famously delivered this lecture on “achieving your childhood dreams” when he knew he was dying of pancreatic cancer. It was his way of making a lasting contribution and leaving behind a memorable message for his children! His attitude is inspirational…

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