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May 14, 2010

Hmm…it’s all a little more real now! Today’s the day the adventure starts with a sleeper train to catch this evening it’s just one more sleep until I’m on the journey proper. Eek!

Everything’s been bought and tested where necessary (Woolie Boolie socks are, quite simply, amazing!), everything fits into the bag I decided to use which is a huge relief, the route’s on the GPS and I’ve and cleaned and lubed up Daphne (stop sniggering at the back, it’s the bike!). Think I’m pretty much ready. Well, as ready as I can be. It’s only twelve days on the bike anyway, hey?!

Some people have asked why I’m travelling from Lands End to John O’Groats as opposed to the other way. Well, despite popular belief, it’s not actually uphill all the way but that’s not the only reason! Traditionally the winds around this time of year are South-Westerly in Great Britain so, in theory, there’s more chance of a tail-wind to help me on my journey. Added to this is the fact that the terrain in Devon and Cornwall is actually tougher than the Highlands with repetitive short, sharp climbs the norm rather than slow, undulating hills. Tackling this whilst fresh (ha!) sounds more appealing than knowing for the best part of a week and a half that it’s only going to get harder at the end!

So that’s why I’m going that way…I am starting to question why I’m going at all, but I’m sure that feeling will pass once I’m on the road… [cough cough].

Finally, a quick thank you to everybody that has sponsored me so far…it really is appreciated, acts as even more motivation for me to be crossing that line at the end of May and will help The Stroke Association with all their work. If you do want to sponsor me on my journey, the easiest way it through my JustGiving page. The link is .

Right, that’s it from me for now. See you for a pint in the John O’Groats House Hotel? Say four o’clock-ish on Wednesday 26th May…?

‘So who are you doing it for?!’

April 26, 2010

I’ve had a fair number of people ask me this question after telling them my plans since deciding to take on this trip.

Now (as I mention in my About Me page) my general motivation for taking on such a challenge was pretty much self-indulgent but, with less than three weeks to go until I start (eek!) and with people asking me more frequently than before where they can sponsor me, I’ve finally got round to setting up a JustGiving page to raise some money for a cause that I think is worthwhile.

I’ve chosen The Stroke Association having seen the affect that the condition can have on family life after my Nan suffered from a stroke whilst on the way to Cromer on a family outing on 30th May 2007. I truly believe it’s a cause that’s worth supporting and it affects far more people than you perhaps realise. To read bit more about why I want to raise money, please look at my Support Me page.

Whilst I haven’t got a specific target to reach, I think it would be nice if I could raise a pound per mile I cover and I know it would certainly help The Stroke Association who rely heavily on voluntary donations and support.

The direct link to my sponsorship page is at