Darlington, Thursday, September 27th, 2018 – Immediate Thoughts

And so we said goodbye to a very windy John o’ Groats and to our companions of the 17 days spent riding northwards, ever northwards. The return journey south is an awful long way - two days driving. First along the east coast on the A9 to Inverness, where the road then more or less … Continue reading Darlington, Thursday, September 27th, 2018 – Immediate Thoughts

Day 18, Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 Arrived at JoG!

Bettyhill to John o’ Groats, 83 km, 829 m climb, average temperature 9C. Departed Bettyhill about 0900 for the 50 miles to JoG, our final leg. There was a theoretical option to go to Dunnet Head - most northerly point - but the weather forecast was not propitious. Winds of 25 mph+, increasing during the day to 40 mph and rain at 3pm. Any thought of Dunnet Head…

Day 17, Monday, 24th September, 2018. JoG tomorrow

Today Tain to Bettyhill, 113 km, 734 m climb. Temperatures 2C in the morning and 9C in the afternoon. It was also very showery in the morning, with a vexacious wind. The weather cleared up in the afternoon. Once again, a day of two very different rides. Jen and I made an early start, about … Continue reading Day 17, Monday, 24th September, 2018. JoG tomorrow

Day 13, Thursday, September 20th, 2018

As I explained in yesterday’s blog entry, I brought my rest day forward one day and spent the Storm Day at my son’s house in Kirkpatrick Durham. We - Ali, Jamie and I - left KPD early, to arrive at Abington Days Inn, at the M74 Services there, for soon after 8 am. After statutory pictures and laughs, we set off for Stirling. What a splendid day we had! Sunny but chilly

Day 11, Tuesday Sept 18th, 2018

A long and varied day, 114 km and 850 metres of ascent. Weather started off very windy and wet - not so much rain as heavy drizzle. Waterproofs conditions, anyway and a relatively late start, 0930, for the journey from Wetheral to Abington. We had collectively decided, after advice from our local companion rider yesterday … Continue reading Day 11, Tuesday Sept 18th, 2018