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Friday 21st June

  • From: John O'Groats
  • To: Wick
  • LEJOG miles cycled: 17.68 (16 planned)
  • Miles cycled: 1076.78 LEJOG, 1094.46 total
  • Map of the Journey  

The daily limerick is now retired. 

The additional 16 miles or so were hard going, by now the elation of finishing was being left behind and tiredness was overtaking us. Thankfully it was warm and dry and relatively flat plus the views of the east coast were spectacular with derelict castles every few miles. 

Saturday morning: Early start – train Wick to Thurso and back out. 3 cyclists refused on train including the two gents from Nottingham, one of whom looked exhausted. The third cyclist -  a student – simply looked in despair. They were literally miles from nowhere, the next train was four hours away and there was no guarantee they would get on that. The problem was that the four bike spaces were booked (two by us) and there was no room on the train for more bikes – thank goodness for forward planning on our part.

 I think there is a bike bus from Wick to Inverness (not sure if it calls at Thurso) but they would face  30+ mile trip to get there and one of them did not look up to it. A difficult and sad end to a long hard ride – we felt desperately sorry for them all, but if you are reading this and plan a LEJOG of your own please take note – plan ahead. At this point we also wondered how Helen Shaw had or was getting on – she had been planning day by day and could find herself not only exhausted but in a similar plight. I will endeavor to find out and report back. 

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