I was just going through some images I took on a short holiday to Cornwall and I came across this – and thought it was most appropriate for the time of year.
This is the start/finish line at Lands End in the UK – I presume there is an equivalent at John o’ Groats in the north east of Scotland. Lands End to John o’ Groats is our famous point to point race distance – effectively the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland. Many an epic tale of endurance, grit and determination has taken place – walking, running, cycling, etc. It’s 874 miles (1407km). Apparently, there are approaching 50 records including unicycle and lawnmower. Of course, sponsorship for various charities features in most of the attempts.
—Stephen G. Hipperson—
You have to cycle up quite a few busy roads if you want to do the distance in 874 miles. We took about 950 when we cycled it, mostly on quiet back roads.
I’m well impressed.
I’m not likely to do the ‘race’ but I’d take the same option as you by looking for some safer roads. I watched the guys on GCN (youtube) doing a tandam ride and I wouldn’t ride on some of the roads they took unless I really had to…… and I don’t.
I’m taking a few weeks off the bike at the moment as I didn’t have a good reaction to my booster jab (moderna) – my heart rate seems to be all over the place, but getting a bit better now.
I hope that your heart rate stays calm. These things are worrying.
Fun to see this photo…Hubby and I just recently watched The Great Race starring Tony Curtis. John o’ Groats was one of the starting points of the race. Nice to see context to places that I have never been. 🙂
As aside – most records attempts are made Lands End to John o Groats as that’s the usual wind direction.