Day 3 – Lostwithiel to Exeter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 10, 2013 by lejogsb9
3 miles out of Lostwithiel Wendy’s tyre burst.  It sounded like a gun going off and Patrick thought Sye had been shot!  With a new tyre and inner tube in situ Patrick and Sye serenaded Wendy all the way to the highest cafe in Cornwall by singing Elvis songs. Regrouping we refuelled well before heading towards the Devonshire border and up onto Exmoor.  We knew this was going to be a fairly tough day and in the searing heat it proved to be a bit of a slog. We did manage to take time out to admire the fantastic views on top of Exmoor and also stopped to admire the ponies. By the time we made it to Exeter we were all fairly tired and very pleased with our achievement, especially as it was so hot.
 
Photo taken on the Devonshire border.

Photo taken on the Devonshire border.

Day 2 – Penzance to Lostwithiel

Posted in Lejog with tags , , on July 10, 2013 by lejogsb9

An introduction to the Cornish Hills

The day started with 9 Garmins and 4 wrong turnings by the time we left Penzance. A taxi had also tried to take Patrick out. A lovely start to the day as we cycled past St Michael’s Mount. We appreciated a well earned rest from the undulations of the Cornish hills as we crossed the River Fowey on the King Harry Ferry. In pretty hot weather we stopped at Charlestown for a look at the tall ships in the harbour followed by a much needed ice cream! Compared to tomorrow this was a relatively easy day.

Day 1 and we’re off!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2013 by lejogsb9

..... and we're off!

Today was a day of not many miles. 9.5 to be precise. A bit of a settling in day with everyone in good spirits and looking forward to making a start. Lots of hilarity in the ladies dorm at Penzance Hostel with several attempts at repacking, unpacking, repacking…. I think you get the picture! The day ended with a true to form Patrick dragging everyone off to Wetherspoons.

Taking delivery of our bikes.

Posted in Lejog on July 7, 2013 by lejogsb9

A big thank you to Robert and Stephen. Another Clarke’s delivery on time.

Last minute preparations

Posted in Lejog with tags , , on July 6, 2013 by lejogsb9

Last minute preparations

Carb loading in St Ives

Whilst Patrick and Richard were toughing it out in those Cornish hills, some final attention was being applied to the nutritional plans of Sandra, Sally and Pauline.

The Breakaway’s

Posted in Lejog with tags , , , , on July 3, 2013 by lejogsb9

Early starters1

Day 3 Okehampton – Penzance
The wind continued to charge headlong into the path of Patrick and Richard. Coupled by the increasing number of hills to climb and their gradients, today’s ride became a bit a of a slog at times. Shaving a few grams off their bikes would have been of benefit. Penzance was reached by early evening and by the time we caught up with them – surprise, surprise they had already made it to the pub! This trip down by bike has turned into a Black Country pub crawl in disguise!

Well done to both of you – see you in Lands End when the real work begins!

Day 2 Cheddar – Okehampton
Still dogged by a strong headwind Patrick and Richard made a stop off in Burnham-on-Sea at a Weatherspoons! Also facing a very hot day all the climbing came in the last 25 miles, 1530 metres of it. They arrived in Okehampton at 5.30. Quote of the day from Patrick “Richard laughed at some of the hills!”

Day 1 Stourbridge – Cheddar
At 8.30am this morning we waved goodbye to Patrick and Richard as they headed southwest. Facing a strong headwind all the way, by 5.15pm they had pedalled the 107 miles to their overnight stay in Cheddar. A much needed refuel stop was taken to make the remaining 5 miles. They have the hostel to themselves this evening, so there will no fighting over the top bunk! Patrick is already lightening the load as he’s ditched his new flip-flops as he can’t walk in them, probably because they don’t have cleats!. As we spoke to them a trip to the pub was uppermost in their minds before organising themselves for the trip to Okehampton tomorrow.

Who’s who?

Posted in Lejog on June 30, 2013 by lejogsb9

We have received lots of requests to learn more about who we are cycling with. Further information on our personal and fundraising stories can be found in the May archive on the Stourbug website: 
http://www.stourbug.org.uk/?m=201305

Here is a little summary about each of us.

Patrick – Avid cyclist and motorcyclist.

Has committed a lot of time as ‘Coach’ to the female contingent.  Now owed lots of free beer on tour!

Raising funds for Brain Tumour UK

Sye – Second End to End!

Rode John O’Groats to Lands Ends in 2011.  Cycling again for his favourite charity.

Raising funds for One Voice

Richard – Seasoned LeJogger.

Partaking in his 2nd trip and not a tent in sight this time.  An outrider and unofficial pace-setter – winds up the pace when no one is looking!

Sandra – Great in a crisis.

Has raised lots of money for Charity through cycling.  Out on her bike most days of the week.  Weather guru, offering hourly updates and team advisor on beauty treatments!

Raising funds for Mary Steven’s Hospice

Sally – Chief ride planner.

A full-time cyclist who is always smiling and very adept at getting other’s on their bikes, whatever the weather!

Raising funds for Brain Tumour UK

Pauline – Team translator for all things french!

Makes the most of the hill training available on her doorstep when not competing at golf or walking the dog.

Raising funds for Primrose Hospice

Jayne – Cycling enthusiast.

Supplements her fitness by “training on the three local hills, of which there are actually six really”!

Raising funds for British Porphyria Association

Wendy – Team blogger.

Has taken an alternative approach to her fitness regime and now can’t stop eating!  Will be on the lookout for a good story.

Raising funds for Actionaid

Debbie – The secret cycling whippet.

Does a great sprint past the ‘peleton’.  Would do the Queen proud when waving – ooops that’s meant to be signalling!

Raising funds for Sunfield Children’s Homes