I am opening a little window into my John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) adventure.

These blogs are a combination of photo’s, lessons from the road and the ‘relive’ video that shows my daily journey through the UK. It is not the full story, that is something for a longer conversation or may be a book!

I hope you enjoy your peak into the days of an End to Ender.

Day Two – JOGLE

Today started far too early!  A fire alarm ringing at 4am saw me shooting out of bed and pulling myself into something warm in readiness for a long stint standing in the cold.

It turned out to be a false alarm and we gratefully returned to our bed’s. Not before taking the opportunity to see the bay in all its misty glory. The hotel perches upon a cliff top and we looked down, not onto the beach as we had done the night before but on to a pure white bed of cloud. With my phone still in my room I simply enjoyed the experience without making any effort to record the scene.

I managed to get back to sleep but not for long. The day was encouraging me to make a move.

I look back on this morning fondly, it felt like the adventure was really starting, yesterday’s ride a mere practice run.

It was after cycling for nearly 30 miles that I realised that I had been ever so gently and ever so slowly climbing up hill. I had looked at the map in the morning but had not really taken any notice of the elevation profile – just the actual feet I had to ascend. Take a look and you will see for yourself. You reach about 900ft at mile 31 without any significant downhill or even rolling hills. No wonder I was feeling hungry.

This was my first experience of the wild Scotland that I have seen in photographs and on TV. Although I was travelling on smooth tarmac the cars were few and far between. Giving me the peace and quiet I craved in which to thoroughly enjoy the raw beauty around me. I was content. Hope and I felt like we were finally on our journey.

  • Miles : 76.55
  • Meters Climbed : 824
  • Average Speed : 11.6

Day Two #LessonsfromtheRoad

Every one tells you to remember to look up – that’s important. However it’s just as important to look back to see how far you have come.

Day Two in Photo’s

  

Breakfast with a view. Those eggs were amazing and were not rivalled for the entire journey. And with a view like this it was a surprise that I set off as quickly as I did. Apologising for the early morning wake up call I paid my bill and left the hotel. Carl had brought my bike around to the front and filled the bottle with fresh water. What a gent

A real gent, service with a smile. It’s the people that I’ve meet that have made this journey so special.

 

    

There was little variation in this mornings view – I thought at first I would get bored but it’s surprising how looking out at the horizon and seeing the vast landscape ahead of you just makes you smile more. The first two photographs are looking forward as I approached Lake Naver the last one looks back over the 30 miles to Betty Hill. Looking back became an important part of my day. It was usually after climbing a big hill as the view you were afforded gave you a sense of perspective on your achievement. Aiming to spot the location you ate breakfast or lunch.

    

Talking about food. The cafe stops are few and far between in the highlands. I carried a number of goodies for these times – nuts, bananas and these delicious ‘stoats’ flapjack bars were my go to choices. Opting to eat ‘proper’ food rather than fill up on sticky gels and energy bars.  I didn’t have too many problems with my stomach and I credit my food choices in this respect.

The one stop that is worth a mention is The Crask Inn. This pub is the only place to stop in the first 32 miles. It’s like walking back in time – there is no electricity, so the place is serviced by generators and they serve a basic menu. Greeted by the owner, Martin it was assumed I would be eating before I’d even laid down my hat and gloves. I guess everyone who makes it here does.  The soup was perfect – hearty and delicious. Far from what I had expected.

It was here that I encountered my first LEJOG group. They were on their penultimate day and full of the joy’s that come when you are near your goal. It reminded me of how far I still had to go and brought me a glimpse of what it might feel like in 11 days time.

“You don’t want to go that way”! Here I am enjoying my first off-piste adventure courtesy of the couple in Lairg. Sitting at The Pier Cafe I strike up a conversation with a couple on the next table. Both touring cyclists and keen to hear about my journey. As I explain my next 10 miles towards Bonar Bridge they offer me an alternative route. If you turn right not left at the end of the lake you will follow a beautiful road along the glen.

Nervous about changing my direction without knowing more about the road I stop near the crossroads and call my husband. Checking in I casually suggest that I am going to change my route based on local knowledge – so what do you think? I can see him smile as I ask. You already know the answer Nick…. don’t you.

Backing myself I turn right and I was not disappointed. This road offers a real change of scenery from this morning. Surrounded now by lush green trees that curve over my head and provide much needed shade and that damp coolness that you experience from a forest.

Day Two – Relive the event

Work with Nicky and live your adventure

As a bravery coach I support my clients to get curious about living a life full of adventure and find the courage to step out of their comfort zone. We work in partnership – I listen, reflect and empower my clients to create action from inaction and encourage them to follow their dreams and ideas through to conclusion.

Could this be the moment you stopped wishing and started doing?

 

 

 

Nicky completed JOGLE in May 2017 raising money and awareness for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court. To find out why Nicky chose this charity you can follow this link.

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