We made if to the end. with everyone together as well, a great ride by all the boys who just kept it rolling even when all the bits were hurting.
Tuesday was by far the hardest day. Started off from Biggar with the intention of hitting Inverness, but that was to change thanks to the A9.
After leaving Biggar at 5:30am heading towards the Forth Road bridge we hit the work traffic in Edinburgh so had to take a few detours to avoid the worst of the traffic. Up over the bridge and cut on to some B roads through Fife passing through Kelty,Kinross and Bridge of Earn before stopping at Perth for some food. The next difficult bit was finding the way out of Perth and onto the A9, it took us 50 minutes. Eventually started down the A9 with the sign showing 108 miles to go, the road just drags on and on and on etc..... Weather conditions were o.k to start with but that soon changed with the wind turning into our faces and the rain pouring down. Onward and upward but it did not get any better. Eventually we made the decision to stop at Aviemore as it was getting late and there was still the 10 mile climb out of Aviemore to Slochd Summit.
Only problem was we had digs booked in Inverness but in stepped the backup team of Scott and Siobhan who ferried us to Inverness and then @ 4 am the next morning took us back to Aviemore and dropped us off to start from where we left off.
Conditions were better today but the climb over the summit in the dark was cold, as the sun came up and we headed down hill to Inverness it started to warm up. We kept a good pace the rest of the way with a good tail wind stopping @ Alness, Dornoch and Helmsdale before tackling the Berriedale Braes with 55 miles to go. The miles were starting to tell on everyone as the pace dropped a little.
Eventually passed through Wick for the last 17 miles to John O'Groats made it at last in 4 days 11 hours and 45 minutes spending 57 hours in the saddle.
No doubt the stories will be heard many times over the next few months(years even) but well done to everyone involved.
Up the Velo
As most of you are aware we were raising money for Ardgowan Hospice as part of the LEJOG run. It looks like we could be raising close to £3000 which is a fantastic amount of money.
I would just like to say a big thank you to anyone who has made a donation. If any one has any monies still to be paid could they please do it ASAP so that we can hand over the money to the Hospice. I will be down at the Tuesday/Thursday nights for the next few week if you can make arrangements to drop off any sponsorship money.
Once again big thank you to all who made a donation
Hi guys, the Telegraph and Inverclydenow website are both interested in an article and a photos, I beleive John McPaul is writing something, if you have any pics to along with it, send them in.