LEJOG August/September 2021

Ajax Bay

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Location
East Devon
I'll rephrase that: he looks less than half the age you do.
Edit to add: To be fair I think the last time I saw you you'd just ridden 1000km across Scotland and were several free beers in.
 
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Solocle

Solocle

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Dorset / Oxford
Nope he is not less than half my age 😂
23 :whistle:
Well done.

Stop being boring. He's less than half your age!
But I do agree that having support does make it less of an adventure. So does the direct A9 option from Inverness.
I have to say, the A9's reputation preceded it, but I quite liked it! It may have been a different story a month ago.

Of course the fundamental reason was logistical, a lack of cheap hotels north of Inverness and a lack of desire to add another day to a tight schedule.

But somehow it felt appropriate to be treading the tracks of those famous record breakers. Tackling Helmsdale and the Berriedale Braes as countless have done before, all while following the coastline, until finally you saw it ahead of you as well.

From gentle rolling plains
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to cliffs beneath you
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Of course you could do something more outlandish like a fully loaded camping LEJOG doing the other 400 of the NC500.

But at the end of the day, I don't have a lot of experience with touring... as in, I'd previously done one looong ride after a reasonable ride the previous day. Sure, a couple of audaxes too, but never made those as far as multi-day. So this was effectively completely unknown territory for me!

In retrospect, I could probably have done 75-80 mile days instead of 60 (there were two 80ishes, and they weren't too bad). Or 60 with more luggage.

The other factor was fitness. I definitely got a fair bit stronger as the ride went on!
 
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