Archive for July 24, 2013

Day 18 – Tongue to John o’Groats

Posted in Lejog on July 24, 2013 by lejogsb9


We all woke up knowing that today was going to be different from all of the other’s.  For a start there was low cloud.  Cloud, what’s a cloud? A strong wind was also blowing and its direction was not in our favour! We could sense the finish was upon us, even though we still had 25 miles of hills to face before we could enjoy the comfort of a flat ride to the finish line.  With the cloud building we almost thought that we would have to don our waterproofs at some point.  Fortunately the sun came out, but it did little to abate the wind. Just so you get the picture we had to pedal downhill at one point! By the time we reached Thurso for lunch we were ready for a well earned break. After lunch we headed into the back roads where we took it in turns riding side by side. This was so we could shield ourselves from the crosswind and conserve our energy.  Counting down the last few miles the adrenaline started to kick in and the pace started to quicken. With a final left turn and the last few turns of the pedals ‘Team Lejog’ had finally made the 1030 miles to John O’Groats!

Day 17 – Tain to Tongue

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2013 by lejogsb9

photoA nice cool start greeted us today as we pedalled through the Monros. Our route took us along the shores of Dornoch Firth, Loch’s Shin, Naver, Loyal and Craggie and onto the Kyle of Tongue. Enjoying a tailwind we were able to cover ground very quickly. We also experienced one of the most scenic days of the tour, which was totally stunning.  In fact, we had to remember to keep our eyes on the tarmac as we became absorbed in the beauty of the landscape.  Upon reaching Tongue a few of us continued over the causeway and made a short ascent which offered far reaching views of Rabbit Island.  Having been so fortunate with the weather we have been counting our blessings – along with miles – which now total 969!