Lands End To John O Groats

User: skipper9999
Dates: 6 May 2014 - 21 May 2014
Duration: 2 weeks

960 mile epic myself and one other Tony who at only 81 is helping me along this journey ...

Starting 7 may 14 and taking 15 days (we hope)

Wednesday 21 May 2014 16:42

All done completed at 15.45

65 wet wind in your face miles bloody awful but after 949 miles we are here what a journey what a privilege to do it withTony

Well done at 81 it's brilliant

Posted: May 21, 2014, 3:42 p.m.

Wednesday 21 May 2014 9:17

Bettyhill and the weather is terrible what a difference a day makes

Posted: May 21, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

Wednesday 21 May 2014 8:02

Well it was a 6am alarm today to get us to the start ready for the last day ( hoping ) the weather looks non too good and compared to yesterday it's awful. Rain and the wind against us . Nothing like ending the journey on a tough one .

Hopefully we will all be done by 4 ish and off to Wick to find an Indian, I've had no spice in 15 days.

Posted: May 21, 2014, 7:02 a.m.

Tuesday 20 May 2014 17:43

Somewhere passed Altmaharra at a place called Rosal (viewpoint )

The plan was to stop at Altnaharra after booking it we discovered it had no Loo or showers and worst of all 3 mile from the pub .

So thinking quickly I contacted the Crask Imn , (most remote pub in country , no mains electric ) he agreed to us parking outside using the facilities .. Excellent

So we decided to push passed it and take 20 mile off the following days ..

So 70 mile today and 70 to do to finish .

Posted: May 20, 2014, 4:43 p.m.

Tuesday 20 May 2014 13:08

Lairg and a wonderful stop for lunch ..40 miles under our belt good going

This might be last update for a while as I'm told crask inn has no electricity never mind wifi.

Posted: May 20, 2014, 12:08 p.m.

Tuesday 20 May 2014 11:30

Bonar Bridge

Now it's north to the top I think it's 100 miles to go now

Posted: May 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday 20 May 2014 9:51

What a big hill this was

Doing well not even 10am and the hill of the day behind us

Posted: May 20, 2014, 8:51 a.m.

Monday 19 May 2014 22:08

Dingwall 51 miles

Monday night was quiet and the choice of beer houses thin on the ground

Posted: May 19, 2014, 9:08 p.m.

Monday 19 May 2014 13:56

Found a nice cycle cafe and workshop ... Inverness

Nice soup

Posted: May 19, 2014, 12:56 p.m.

Monday 19 May 2014 12:42

Culloden Battlefield

Dave B (garmindave ) must have been here !!!

Posted: May 19, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

Monday 19 May 2014 10:29

At the top

Posted: May 19, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

Monday 19 May 2014 9:39

On the move again

What a lovely bridge

What a beautiful day .. Shorts for the first time

Posted: May 19, 2014, 8:39 a.m.

Sunday 18 May 2014 15:40

Aviemore 57 miles 760 ish in total

Nice ride on quite roads for most of the day

Posted: May 18, 2014, 2:40 p.m.

Sunday 18 May 2014 14:29

Relia cafe

Mother and daughter LEJOGers

Posted: May 18, 2014, 1:29 p.m.

Sunday 18 May 2014 12:30

Highlands ... After a 1700ft climb the sign said it all .

Posted: May 18, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Sunday 18 May 2014 11:18

What on earth will Tony do with this

Posted: May 18, 2014, 10:18 a.m.

Sunday 18 May 2014 10:33

Another £20 Geordies

Posted: May 18, 2014, 9:33 a.m.

Sunday 18 May 2014 9:23

Leaving Pitlochry

Posted: May 18, 2014, 8:23 a.m.

Saturday 17 May 2014 17:18

Another 68 to add to the list and a 4pm finish ... That's over 700 and a damp hour to finish on ...

Great roads today loved it

Oh and a puncture to finish on luckily I was at the motorhome .

Posted: May 17, 2014, 4:18 p.m.

Saturday 17 May 2014 14:38

Bagpipes we must be in Scotland

Dunkeld hotel

Beware if tony try's to capture you to show you the 500plus photos he has stopped to take . He has the video of this

Posted: May 17, 2014, 1:38 p.m.

Saturday 17 May 2014 13:03

Perth for lunch 40 Miles out the way great roads parallel to the M90.

Posted: May 17, 2014, 12:03 p.m.

Saturday 17 May 2014 10:51

Loch Leven Cycles

Nice help and a toilet for Tony and a security bolt for my bike !!!

Posted: May 17, 2014, 9:51 a.m.

Saturday 17 May 2014 10:13

Fife ... This ones for Willie

Posted: May 17, 2014, 9:13 a.m.

Saturday 17 May 2014 8:58

Forth Road bridge one week on from Severn bridge and all those miles in between ....

Richard had been following our blog and rode out to catch up with us ..and donated £20 to our charity ... Fantastic .....

Posted: May 17, 2014, 7:58 a.m.

Saturday 17 May 2014 8:10

Ready for an early morning rum through Edinburgh ...

Thanks again to Linwater campsite

Posted: May 17, 2014, 7:10 a.m.

Friday 16 May 2014 17:07

Edinburgh 55 miles and total 635 I think that makes a third of the journey ...

Easy day today all done by 2pm time for some bike maintainable and a trip to Halfords for a few spares ..

Lovely sight and free what a deal ...

Posted: May 16, 2014, 4:07 p.m.

Friday 16 May 2014 10:20

Abington and this is where we turn NE for Edinburgh , big decision if you go NW you end it doing the route by Glasgow and fort William on the west

We choose East , and the A9 both routes join again at Inverness .

Posted: May 16, 2014, 9:20 a.m.

Thursday 15 May 2014 16:21

Moffat 76 miles 561m total

Rode in from Gretna with John the only other LEJOG we have passed going in the same direction

Posted: May 15, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Thursday 15 May 2014 13:08

Scotland and we say goodbye to Fiona

Posted: May 15, 2014, 12:08 p.m.

Thursday 15 May 2014 11:34

Julie Clayton BBC radio going out at 5 tonight

Posted: May 15, 2014, 10:34 a.m.

Thursday 15 May 2014 11:17

Another Tony appointment in Carlisle with BBC radio ..managed the run in 2.45 ride from Keswick most of it wet . Although the sun is pushing through now .

The ITV camera chased us most of the way .

Posted: May 15, 2014, 10:17 a.m.

Thursday 15 May 2014 8:01

Well time to leave second home Braithwaite on a damp morning

Owner John happy to share a moment and a smile

Posted: May 15, 2014, 7:01 a.m.

Wednesday 14 May 2014 15:24

ITV interviews Karen and paul in Keswick

Posted: May 14, 2014, 2:24 p.m.

Wednesday 14 May 2014 13:40

TV caught us at the top of dunmail raise

Posted: May 14, 2014, 12:40 p.m.

Wednesday 14 May 2014 12:39

Ambleside ... And weather do good Tonys showing flesh .

Posted: May 14, 2014, 11:39 a.m.

Wednesday 14 May 2014 10:55

10.45am and time for a beer !! Oops sorry it was after 11 honest ..

Oh and this is halfway

Posted: May 14, 2014, 9:55 a.m.

Wednesday 14 May 2014 9:36

A6 closed at Kendal but not for us

Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:36 a.m.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 19:34

Well what a lovely sunny night after the day we had downpours time spent on bus shelters time fixing punctures made sue the day passed away without problem.

64 miles think that's 455

Must do better tomorrow as the TV is about and waiting at our half way point . (Tony must have had a tip off as he spent an age cleaning his bike and doing his hair )

Hogarths site at carnforth very good tonight ...

Posted: May 13, 2014, 6:34 p.m.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 16:33

Lancaster on a nice bridge almost done for today .. Tyres holding pressure .

Posted: May 13, 2014, 3:33 p.m.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 15:07

Old friend of Tonys track us down with tracker ....

Posted: May 13, 2014, 2:07 p.m.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 13:58

Puncture no2

Posted: May 13, 2014, 12:58 p.m.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 11:53

Puncture and the miserable woman in the shop said move your bike !!! Least helpful to date ..

Posted: May 13, 2014, 10:53 a.m.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 10:48

Standish and hiding in a cafe what A downpour .. Proper 3" bouncy rain I timed the stop perfect , what a cloud burst .

Slow going up to now through all the built areas , Leigh was a bit of strange area ... Followed by Wigan !!

Posted: May 13, 2014, 9:48 a.m.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 9:25

Another day another bus shelter !!!

Posted: May 13, 2014, 8:25 a.m.

Monday 12 May 2014 19:43

Another one done 60 miles and nearly 400 on the trip . Map looks good now as the dots head north .

Tonight's camp poor the old caravan outside advertising the site says it all .

Posted: May 12, 2014, 6:43 p.m.

Monday 12 May 2014 16:24

New chain and sprockets ...

Excellent service at Devaux cycles Warrington ...

Posted: May 12, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

Monday 12 May 2014 15:27

Then he was back !!!

The police incident was sparked by a drugs haul been found by me at the side of the road , police contacted and they arrested the culprit !!! Who at 81 could do LEJOG without banned substance ... Must have fell out his pocket ahead of me

Anyway I had spotted at least 100 packets prescription medicine and when reached the cafe informed them who called the police !! Good citizen award ??

Now caught up with Simon ( Tonys friend from shop days ) on route to Warrington ...he brought us a chocolate shortbread bear !!!

Posted: May 12, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

Monday 12 May 2014 13:12

At last they have taken him away ... It took 6 days but he's gone ...

I will post in a month or 2 where he is if anyone's interest ...

Posted: May 12, 2014, 12:12 p.m.

Monday 12 May 2014 12:50

Bloody hell what's happening to my body ?? A pub next door to a cafe and I choose a bowl of soup in the cafe !!

Still raining and at least the residents outside were happy

Posted: May 12, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

Monday 12 May 2014 10:15

Good going in the rain ... Found a nice cafe 20 miles in..

As a change I listened to the parrot for a while rather than Tony

Posted: May 12, 2014, 9:15 a.m.

Monday 12 May 2014 8:36

8.20 start and an easier day today we hope . Except for the rain ..

Shewsbury centre and a chance to photograph 2 old ruins together !!

Posted: May 12, 2014, 7:36 a.m.

Sunday 11 May 2014 17:35

Another day over 70 miles to Shrewsbury .. I think that's 333 now

Nice location ...

Posted: May 11, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

Sunday 11 May 2014 13:55

Ludlow , very nice spot

Posted: May 11, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Sunday 11 May 2014 13:12

Team orange as the sun came out !!

Posted: May 11, 2014, 12:12 p.m.

Sunday 11 May 2014 12:05

Despite being invited for lunch ... Hampton court time was pressing and we moved on ...

Posted: May 11, 2014, 11:05 a.m.

Sunday 11 May 2014 11:46

Finished with the countryside and ready to join the main road for 50m to Shrewsbury

Nice and dry for now

Posted: May 11, 2014, 10:46 a.m.

Sunday 11 May 2014 9:34

Sunday 11 may 14

8am start not .. Tonys tire shot make it 9.15 , and first we cycle to the premier inn to catch up with Paul and Mike !!! Only to discover that the young guns are not cycling today and are we are told returning to Weston in a taxi ?!?! Surely not burned out in a day by a 81 year old !!!

Oh well never mind alone again we shall press on.....

Bye lads and thanks ...

Posted: May 11, 2014, 8:34 a.m.

Saturday 10 May 2014 17:35

Ross on Wye ...

Another day done !!! 66 miles that must be a qtr done .

Posted: May 10, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

Saturday 10 May 2014 16:28


Posted: May 10, 2014, 3:28 p.m.

Saturday 10 May 2014 15:39


Posted: May 10, 2014, 2:39 p.m.

Saturday 10 May 2014 14:52

Lunch ... After a horrendous bridge crossing we made out way across .

we were stopped and advised to return and try the other side for more protection ...

47mph wind what an experience , the bridge lost us an hour ... Oh the joys

Now found open fire in lovely pub and no one wants to move ....

Posted: May 10, 2014, 1:52 p.m.

Saturday 10 May 2014 12:00

Severn Bridge almost 30miles done and one more piece of flapjack gone !!!

Posted: May 10, 2014, 11 a.m.

Saturday 10 May 2014 10:47

Bus shelter on the rain

Posted: May 10, 2014, 9:47 a.m.

Saturday 10 May 2014 9:04

Paul and mike from London (Tonys relation ) turned up to do a days riding with us to Ross on Wye ..

Weather poor

Posted: May 10, 2014, 8:04 a.m.

Friday 9 May 2014 16:23

Day 3 complete ... Only a mile from site and we stopped to visit the British helicopter museum ....

A little easier today as only 2000 ft climb but a bit longer at 65miles as we chose to route along the Taunton - Btidgewater camel . Tony was quick thinking when he said canal FLAT

The weather improved and the sun came out ... Wind is still on the strong side .

Posted: May 9, 2014, 3:23 p.m.

Friday 9 May 2014 14:58

We borrowed a fuel can on the way down and forgot to return it ...

So we dropped it off on our way past ... Mad or just good guys ??

Thanks to West Country motorhomes .

Posted: May 9, 2014, 1:58 p.m.

Friday 9 May 2014 12:05

Anyone for cricket ???somerset

Posted: May 9, 2014, 11:05 a.m.

Friday 9 May 2014 11:15

Early lunch ... Before Taunton !?

I've warned tony about not eating his cake .

Worry has set on that all off the cake might not be finished by next Wednesdays refill .

Posted: May 9, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

Friday 9 May 2014 9:12

Tiverton and Tonys considering a part ex on his bike !!!

Dry today and still windy a bit easier today 60m and only 2500 ft (we hope).

Heading for Weston Super Mare

Posted: May 9, 2014, 8:12 a.m.

Thursday 8 May 2014 21:38

Feeding time after a long day , or it felt like it . Late start and 2 punctures in 5 miles and it was after 11 before we made a real start .

The rain continued till about 2 but by then we didn't care.

Total miles 60.2 height 4270ft (ouch)

Another great pub found Mount Pleasant in a place called " Nomancland " A local Dawn and her hubby along with the manager donated to McMillan .. Thanks to them !!

Posted: May 8, 2014, 8:38 p.m.

Thursday 8 May 2014 14:35

Oakhampton 22 miles to go but at least we have passed the 100 still wet but passed the point if caring .

Tonys on the phone again ordering more cake !!!

Posted: May 8, 2014, 1:35 p.m.

Thursday 8 May 2014 13:10

Posh lunch in a bus shelter .... No it's tony not an old tramp .

Mind you the squashed sandwich had seen better days ...I hope Jeans cake has survived better ?!?!

Posted: May 8, 2014, 12:10 p.m.

Thursday 8 May 2014 12:28

County Devon . Number 2 of 21 I think .

Still slow going after a late start and a puncture.

Posted: May 8, 2014, 11:28 a.m.

Thursday 8 May 2014 10:03

Tony won 4 mile in day 2 puncture

Posted: May 8, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

Thursday 8 May 2014 9:31

Full wets

Posted: May 8, 2014, 8:31 a.m.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 21:32

Tonys getting a night job

A great night at the masons arms in Camelford ... Food and drink fantastic as were the staff ...

Posted: May 7, 2014, 8:32 p.m.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 18:28

A good start to the journey 70 miles and almost 5000 ft in just over 6 hours . Finished for 5pm but over an hour to sort ourselves for the next day . The wind helped as climbed hill after hill .

Posted: May 7, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 15:31

It must get sunny down here ,,,

Posted: May 7, 2014, 2:31 p.m.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 14:03

Ice Cream stop Lappa valley steam railway ...

Can't get tony away from the trains ..

Posted: May 7, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 12:00

Redruth 30 miles in improved and a pit stop at a friends of Tony , David an ex Keswickian

Posted: May 7, 2014, 11 a.m.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 9:27

Well after a late start due to radio interview and first day bulk porridge making we were off at 8.45.

Weather ?? It just started to rain as we moved to the start line .

Now in Penzance 1% of the ride over !!

Posted: May 7, 2014, 8:27 a.m.

Tuesday 6 May 2014 17:13

The night before getting ready for the off . Photo done !!!

Posted: May 6, 2014, 4:13 p.m.

Lands End To John O Groats

User: skipper9999
Dates: 6 May 2014 - 21 May 2014
Duration: 2 weeks

960 mile epic myself and one other Tony who at only 81 is helping me along this journey ...

Starting 7 may 14 and taking 15 days (we hope)

Commenting is closed.

Congrats to you both of a fantastic achievement. 950 miles is an incredibly long way. I think you guys should be nominated for SPOTY.

Congratulations! Have enjoyed following the adventure, even though you by-passed us here in the Midlands!

Congratulations from Northfield, MN USA
I've loved watching your journey and comments
And inspires me to make my own bike journey (thought I'm only 48)

Absolutely brilliant. Now the reality sets in on what you have achieved. Enjoy the moment and rest!

Great Achievement ! Well done to you both ! Enjoyed the daily updates !

Well done to you both ,fantastic!

Fantastic achievement. Shame about today's weather but, as ever, you battled through. Well done to you both. Enjoy the beers tonight.
Paul & Nicky

By heck you've done it lads! Took ya long enough. Sorry we aren't there to see you finish and join your celebrations, we'll make a date for when you get back for a drink or two....or three. We're all amazed at your achievements and are such an inspiration, really proud of you both.
Safe journey and see you tomorrow.
Love Aimee and Abs x

Enjoy your last day on the road, hope the wind is at your back.

Another great day; well done to you both. Enjoy the last day riding along the beautiful north coast. Really proud of you Dad, a great achievement by you both. Thanks again Billy; you don't need many friends in life, just a few really special ones like you.
Go easy on the beers on Wednesday night!
Paul & Nicky

Yes I was at Culloden:

Nearly done lads so I'd better get my donation in! Fantastic interactive updates on your site and TrackMyTour, been loving it.


Dave (GarminDave)

Fantastic journey! I wonder if you will cycle home on a different route? Are you doing this for a particular 'good cause'?

Don't forget to stop when you get to JoG. Imagine there must be mixed emotions about reaching the end of your epic adventure. Great to see you've got the weather on your side. Pedal power rocks!

Hope you are both enjoying the ride, lovely part of the World. Hope Drumochter Pass has fine weather as it can be dreek up there!

Well done Tony and Billy I can't imagine how tough it must be. You can get bicycles with engines these days. They go so much faster. May I suggest a KTM 1190. Good luck on the last third of your epic journey. Best wishes Robert

Two thirds done, brilliant effort. Enjoy your evening. I was planning on joining you when I get back from Croatia but decided to donate the petrol money instead, when you complete the ride of course!

Hope the celebs cope ok without such media attention today! Enjoy the sunshine. In TdF speak the alps await.

Great interview on BBC radio Cumbria tonight. You both came across really well. Good publicity and amusing. Keep it up and well done.
Paul & Nicky


Have you gone viral yet? Sarah and I need to work out how we can watch the interviews. Billy I bet your hoping it rains again so that Tony puts his trousers back on.

Half way men and some sunshine. Been well impressed with your progress, love the blog too.

At last a bit of sunshine and hopefully no wind.

Enjoying your cycle-tour tales! Keep up the good work.

Billy and Tony ,you are doing a fantastic job.been thinking about you every time the heavens open,been some rain!!! Hopefully now the sun will shine .is someone driving the route sprinkling tacks? You will be a dab hand repairing punctures ! Best of luck

Forecast good for tomorrow so with a bit of luck you will ride through the Lakes in the sunshine. Doing brilliantly so far, well done. Paul

Great comments everyone thanks keep them coming ..

10 mile in day 7 homing in bus shelter again from the rain

Morning lads. You guys are making the impossible very possible. Big milestone today. Have a cracking ride.

Fantastic progress, you guys are truly awesome. Maintenance en-route must cut into your schedule; Kevlar belt and Rholffe drive is the future. What a significant dent in the route you have made, well done.

333 miles, wow a third done, you guys are awesome. Hope you are having fun, enjoy the new week.

Sounds like another good day. I had to have a nap this afternoon. Hat fully donned to you both, am in awe. Look forward to reading today's blog. Mike and I had a fantastic time, thank you for a such an enjoyable time.

WiFi in the room, Nirvana! Glad to see the Sun has decided to come out to play for you. We had to come to Croatia to find the Sun. Enjoy today's ride, later Dave

The map looks like you have already done a big chunk, hope the three day blues did not get to you. Off to Croatia tomorrow so hope I can still follow as the hotel does have WiFi or so Jen assures me.

Enjoy your ride,



Hope the wind and rain stops!! Come on lads !!! Best wishes for a good day tomorrow !

Looks like the weather was on your side today!! Well sunwise anyway! Must have been nice cycling alongside a canal. Jean makes such good cakes!! Ig you don't eat all yours Tony you can send it to me!! Well it won't be long till you start Saturday!! Hope the weather remains nice, and the wind dies down. Helicopter museum looks interesting. Love, dinah

Nearly on the M5, then the pace will pick up!

Bet you both sleep well tonight. Weather looks wet early on then just cloudy so hopefully mainly a dry run tomorrow. Ride safe.

Hope the weather improves ! Good luck !

Any pics of Tony pulling pints in the Thelbridge Cross Inn? Hope the weather hasn't dampened your spirits.

Paramo to the rescue! Full wets mean it can only get better, Sun is cracking the flags in South Shields, come on up.

Ooh-It does look like a wet start to the day. Hope you have your Mac tony!! Well it is good night from me!!

Well done! Did you go over the Bodmin Moor? And manage not to get attacked by any wild beasties? Or do they only come out at night? Like your new job, Tony. You look good behind the bar!!!

Looks like a good days ride, Bodmin already, you'll both sleep well tonight.

Is Keswickian a collective noun? Hope you enjoyed your lunch, only 40 more miles today.

Meant to be working but too busy tracking your progress. Hope the weather holds up for you. Looking forward to more tweets.
Enjoy! The shops routin' for ya!
Love Abs and Aimee

1% of the journey is good, keep your public appraised.

Brilliant radio interview, well done really professional and a rematch next Thursday, great now all you have to do is ride!

Ready for the off!! Weather looks better for Thursday for you. Sunny and warm here! Good luck!! Well it really is more skill than luck, isn't it!! Canada all ready to track you!

Good luck men, hope you enjoy your ride.