The plan – LEJOG – The plan....foiled – In training – Ready for the ride
It was my friend, David's idea to cycle the length of Britain.
Planning to leave full time work in April, 2013, he wanted to move his life on, not with a whimper ( sit round moping, cos your useful life is over and maybe they''ll call and beg me to come back) but with a bang ( something totally different, manageable, challenging and fun). So he suggested that we hire bikes and ride the 1000 miles from Lands End (LE) in Cornwall to John O'Groats (JOG) on the north- eastern tip of Scotland.
That was ok with me. Two days after I left work in September 2009, my patient and saintly wife, Deirdre, drove me up to the top of New Zealand, unloaded me at the Cape Reinga lighthouse carpark with a ….. “ see you in a couple of months, sweetums!” ( that's exactly what she said) and left me to pedal my way down all three islands.
|Deirdre, in front of German writer Herman Hesse's house on the shores of Lake Constance.|