…and a good way to end the week, my first ever fifty-miler on Sunday taking my total miles for the year to date over the 1,000 mile mark.
The route I picked for my fifty-miler was an out and back to Greenwich, taking in the London Marathon route on the way back.
What struck me the most was although the roads were populated with weekend drivers and there were quite a few people out and about on Mothers’ Day jaunts, the journey of a cyclist is very much one of an individual…just you, your bike and the road ahead.
I guess you can make of it what you want, but given that the roads I’m going to be travelling on are likely to be ‘B’ classified or lower you could quite feasibly spend the whole of LEJOG in solitude – if you chose to camp rather than spend the nights in hostels or hotels you need not speak to anyone for your whole journey!
In other news every booking is in place and has been confirmed to get me and my bike to the start and bring us back home at the end of the journey. A sleeper service reservation to get down to Penzance on May 14th, a ferry ticket to Orkneys for a pootle after arriving in John O’Groats, a ferry ticket back to Aberdeen from the Islands and then a final seven hour train journey back down to London…phew!
All that’s left now is to plan the route and book some accommodation. Oh, and do more miles in preparation. Yep, the easy bits have been left ’til last!
It has dawned on me that the start date is a little bit closer than perhaps I’m comfortable with (yep, it really is less than sixty days away), but equally I’m starting to get a little bit excited about the challenge ahead.
Right, an update on stats for the last six or so weeks…
Mileage for Week (w/e 7th February) – 144 miles
Mileage for Week (w/e 14th February) – 57 miles
Mileage for Week (w/e 21st February) – 82 miles
Mileage for Week (w/e 28th February) – 93 miles
Mileage for February – 351 miles
Mileage for Week (w/e 7th March) – 108 miles
Mileage for Week (w/e 14th March) – 148 miles
Longest Daily Mileage to date – 51 miles