DAY 13 – AND NOW, THE END IS HERE

Dornoch to John O’Groats (81.18 miles)

No excuses, I’m getting this one done and dusted, before I “celebrate!”.

Regrets, I’ve had a few…
(Maybe I should have brought more Sudocrem!)

But then again, too few to mention….
(Warmer clothes for up north, maybe?)

I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption…
(No matter how tired or steep the hill, just turn the pedal “one more time” – the mantra)

I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway…
(And mapmyride screwed up every four days, and I screwed up every 5, missing turns!)

And more, much more than this, I did it my way…!
(On my own each ride, no support vehicle, but never feeling on my own due to the messages & calls of support, which have been amazing)

John O’Groats…

Wow! I’m in John O’Groats! And I rode all the way here. Doesn’t seem real yet.

I had a sluggish start despite an early breakfast due to “app issues” again. MapMyRide seems not to like not having Internet, so needed a reinstall, before setting off from the Dornoch Castle Hotel.

Having set off, it turned out to be a lot colder than expected, so both cycle jerseys have been worn today! Good job it’s the last day!

It was a very hilly day and was long at just over 81 miles. With the exception of a few “13% down then ups” (Ian B will understand the pain), it was a case of getting the miles done.

I’m delighted to say that I got cheered on a few times by Sylvia & Doug, as they kept up with their own “tandem team”. One of the highlights of this journey, was meeting them – a fantastic couple.

The inevitable sting in the tail was the long, nasty climb 4 miles from JOG, and I’d love to report that the euphoria of the finish got me over it, but it didn’t. I think my head told my body it was nearly over, so it started giving in!

IT WAS BLOODY FREEZING! MENTALLY AT THIS POINT I BEGAN GIVING UP

A nicely deserved downhill for the last 2 miles brought me to John O’Groats, where I got a big cheer from Sylvia, Doug and the rest of the support crew.

SYLVIA, DOUG & THE OTHER LEJOGGERS ARRIVED WITHIN MINUTES OF ME

Photos, champagne, hugs, more photos and then to check in to my brand new abode!

I’m being put up thanks to Jamie Reid & Janette Jannson at The Inn at John O’Groats, which is really appreciated, as they have a lot on their plate today and tomorrow, given there’s a launch night tonight and the official opening of the completely refurbished & rebuilt old hotel property.

Seriously, check out Natural Retreats because they know how to deliver you a high spec, environmentally positive, break from your daily routine! Thanks for their support!

Now here’s the issue. I’m due to fly home from Wick on Sunday via Edinburgh. However, there are 60-70mph winds forecast for then, so locals are expecting the airport to be closed!

Looks like my adventure may just beginning! How the hell do I get home, in shorts, flipflops, and with a dismantled Bike in a big bag!?

Keep tuned folks, there may be a day 14 & day 15 blog at this rate!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed the blogs, and that you’ve learned about the amazing work that both Climb and Millies Trust are doing with any donations received…

OVER 97,500 CALORIES BURNED, AND A STONE LIGHTER THAN AT THE START

OVER 97,500 CALORIES BURNED, AND A STONE LIGHTER THAN AT THE START

Best wishes from the top of mainland Britain!

Chris

13th September 2013

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