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Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham

Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham

So. Now in England, by about 300 metres. Shored up at a pub in Norham. Am feeling mega tired, so have decided to take a day off. The ride down to Newcastle is  80 miles or so. At current energy levels, I don’t think I could handle it. I’ve decided to have a day off around Norham, the first village in England. Yesterday was pretty hard. I had to get up and get my laundry done. Dalmore Lodge guest house…

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Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh

Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh

“All down hill”, said the host at my last B&B. Tayside isn’t particularly a flat place. It is very picturesque, and when I woke up, it was covered in fog. Rolling.. Spent most of my day going up and down little hills. Roll-on the disused railways lines of route 1. Today was a simple 60 mile jaunt. Finally, my body and metabolism recovered from the excesses of my night out in Aberdeen. Don’t do it. Need to talk to someone?…

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Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee

Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee

Hard day. As expected. Wasn’t helped by the fact I went out in Aberdeen and didn’t turn in until around 1am. Up and out by 9 and it was raining. Have a slight knee injury from the other day when I tried to ride over one of the speed styles on route 1. Speed styles Are put in when the cycle route meets a road or a junction. It consists of a U shape then an l which the U…

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Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen

Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen

A long old day. Buckie to Aberdeen is touching on 80 miles. Cycle Route 1 Spent the entire day on cycle route one. Stopping for lunch in Turriff. Very much like a colder version of France. A night out in Aberdeen At least for some food. This Lindhome Guest house is a fair jaunt from anywhere. Tomorrow It’s Dundee which stands to be my hardest day yet, at around 90 miles. (Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)

Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie

Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie

Learnt a few lessons today. Googlemaps crashes your phone. Googlemaps runs your battery down real quick. Eat a good breakfast. Get a good nights sleep. Try and get a good lunch in. Buy Lucozade for the journey. Today, I had a problem with 4,5, and 6. Staying in a shared room in a hostel always pisses me off. You’ve got so many considerations over and above organising yourself and getting your shit together. You’ve got to consider security, other people’s…

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Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness

Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness

Another 70 mile job. This time the wind wasn’t in my face, and it wasn’t raining. Stopped for a £3 meal deal in Tesco in Tain, the home of the Glenmorangie brewery, which was closed. Otherwise, it was a day of straight cycling. Took some great pictures along the way. Today, I have to go from Inverness to Elgin, or there-abouts. Here’s some pictures I took along the way. (Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts Day 56 – Newquay…

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Day 15 – Helmsdale

Day 15 – Helmsdale

Due to a booking falling apart in Lybster, I’ve arrived in Helmsdale one day early which has meant a day of rest. Helmsdale Helmsdale has a fairly interesting story. It was set up by Thomas Telford and his industrialist compatriots as a fishing fleet base. More or less the whole village was planned and build, on spec according to the need of the herring industry in the 19th century. Despite that, it’s a fairly pretty place. Food I stop at…

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Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale

Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale

Started the morning in Bowen Wigwam. This was a 07:30 start. Had to go back for my shades, made it about 08:30. Reached John O’Groats by 10:00. Googlemaps took me down some non-existent roads, which is something you have to look out for. I made it, got a nice cup of coffee and sat by the front. Made this quick video about the journey ahead. (Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts Day 56 – Newquay to Lands End Last…

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Inverness and over the border

Inverness and over the border

Managed to get to my hotel booking. Here’s a couple of pictures I took along the way. Adam Smith The inventor of modern economics has a statue here on the Golden Mile. He said – “Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.” That make any sense? No? Well never mind, a lot of what he said did. Stopped in Deacon Brodies Tavern, gave some money to a tramp…

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Map of Scotland

Map of Scotland

Destination information No visits yetRelated Posts Day 56 – Newquay to Lands End Last day. It’s taken 56 days to make the whole journey; from John O’Groats to Lands End. I’ll do a summary of some stats in the next post, but h… Day 55 – Tavistock to Newquay A whole day with the the wind in my face. A full 16-30 kph of it. Pedalling down the hills kind of style. In addition, Google decided I was a CAR…

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