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endtoend

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by vangogh, 16 Aug 2007.

  1. vangogh

    vangogh New Member

    Location:
    barwell
    any end to enders ive done it twice 970 mile 1300 mile and 2500 mile rnd uk each time we had back up van next year i want to do end to end with out support just saddle bags as i havent a tourer what eqiupment would i need i.e panniers and a not to expensive bike .i will be 60 then so might also need a rack for my zimmer
     
  2. starseven

    starseven Guest

    I would also be interested in anyones experiences of jogle/legog. There are quite a few good write ups midlife crisis and Top Notch PDF are a couple but there is loads on the web, anyone done it camping, self sufficient etc? are hostels BB,s the way to go?
     
  3. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
  4. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    My blog from last year's JOGLE is at http://jogle-ride.blogspot.com/
    My blog from my 2005 LEJOG and failed attempt of 2004 is at http://20six.co.uk/vernon/archivebymonth

    I've very recently completed a Channel to the Med ride and found it to be easier than LEJOG with much better food and drink to boot ;)

    All of my tours are done solo as an unsupported cycle camper which bestows maximum flexibility upon the ride when it comes to route selection, daily mileage, sightseeing, etc.

    Go for it. It's not daunting as it appears.
     
  5. MartDavis

    MartDavis Senior Member

    Location:
    Rugby
    I'm doing JOGLE starting tomorrow.
    Train from Rugby to Inverness and staying first night on a B&B boat in Inverness harbour.
     
  6. starseven

    starseven Guest

    Hi Mart


    If you are still about to receive this then "Good Luck " and if you have set of, let us know how it went when you get back.
     
  7. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Are you sure:?:
    I was at Inverness harbour this afternoon and didn't see a B&B boat. In fact, I have never seen a B&B boat in Inverness Harbour.;)
     
  8. MartDavis

    MartDavis Senior Member

    Location:
    Rugby
    I stopped on a boat called Eilin Bhan (White Swan), so yes, I'm sure, now that I've done it. After I left, it set out to sea, but it is usually available when in harbour. It's easy to find with google.Run by a chap called Ian.
    So far I've made it from JoGs to Troon via Arran. It's been a bit of a deviation from the original plan but it's been good, especially the bit from Bettyhill on the north Scotland coast down through the Nevar valley - almost perfect cycling.
    I'm now sat in a pub in Troon with no B&B available in the town, so I guess I'll have to get pissed and sleep on the beach, or wherever.
     
  9. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'

    A belated 'Good luck' to you Mart! Sounds fun.
    Keep us posted as to how the trip goes/went.
     
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    Are there any benefits in going North to South or vice versa?
     
  11. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    None whatseover.

    Received wisdom is that the prevailing wind is a south westerly thus benefiting those travelling northwards. I've done it both ways and had roughly the same number of days with a head wind in each direction.

    Over a year south westerly winds might be the most frequent but I have read more than one account of folk with headwinds for the majority of their ride northwards. The weather will not adjust itself to suit your travel plans so it might be worth looking at another factor that might influence your choice of start and end points - getting there and back.

    Scotland can be a problem depending on when you decide to travel. FirstScotrail has a strict two bike policy for its trains. There is a van service during the summer months that ferries bikes between Inverness and Wick/Thurso which allows more than two bikes to be ferried northward/southwards. Having a bike reservation is essential for any FirstScotrail travel. Outside of the summer van season then it's back to two bikes per train.

    I live roughly halfway between the extremities and found that I got home at least three hours faster from Penzance by train than I could from Thurso. There are also more trains to/from Penzance per day.
     
  12. longers

    longers Veteran

    Thanks vernon.
    If I say I'm thinking about doing it, it's in print now and I have therefore tentatively commited. :blush:
     
  13. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Ah yes! Now I know the vessel, Eala Bhan.:blush:
     
  14. MartDavis

    MartDavis Senior Member

    Location:
    Rugby
    Hoorah! Made it!
    1100 miles, 15 days and no punctures.
    I think the wind direction thing wasn't an issue: it was a bitch across Bodmin Moor and the north coast of Scotland, but was behind me at other times.
    The extra 100 miles was due to a very worthwhile detour across The Isle of Arran.
    All in all, although I had a couple of bad days, it was a great experience and I'd definately do it again.
     
  15. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    Congratulations Mart!

    You're right, arran is a very worthwhile detour and also a great way to avoid Glasgow.