This Blog started as my preparation for and ride from Land's End to John O'Groats via the four extremities of the British Mainland. It carries on as a cycling blog in advance of the next challenge (wife permitting - the challenge not the blog)
I have prepared an index to the ride at http://gregcycle.blogspot.com/2010/12/index-to-lejog.html
Also available Greg's Walking Blog at http://gregwalk.blogspot.com/
Miles cycled: 37
In 2hr31m burning 1480 Kcal climbing 2240ft
Most miles in a day (so far) : 37
Today started with somewhat of a surprise as I expected my Dad to collect me about 9am, but he turned up just after 7am, about 10mins after I had got up. Good job I had packed 5 days earlier, so all I had to do was get dressed and eat breakfast.
Just over 3 hours later we arrived at Land's End. Whatever you expect, it is not that. Part fast food takeaway, part pub, part shopping centre, large car-park, all with attached photo opportunity.
There is a slight climb away towards Sennen. I noticed I had a heart rate of 00. So either I have about 15 seconds before I keel over, or something is missing. I am definately going well for the heart rate! A quick check and I have forgotton to put the Heart Rate Belt on. Short panic and a call to my Dad established that it was in my jersey pocket where I put it earlier.
St Michael's Mount
Cornwall is hilly and this part didn't disappoint, although I suspect this was just a taster. A combine harvester pulled out in front of me, so I ended up in the cars behind. It was too easy to sit in and we started going down hill, I moved up passing four cars, and then the combine. 300 yards of flat road and then up. It went up to 13%, the combine closed on me and past me just as we crested the hill, then two of the cars. Now we were on the flat, free wheeling again, the cars couldn't pass, so at Cauldrose Airfield I passed the combine. The chase was on, on the flat I pulled away, up hill it came after me, engine bouncing off the limiter. The best bit was that the cars behind couldn't get passed him. The miles went by and I had the joy of being protected from cars on a busy road. I wonder if he wants to come to Lowestoft?
The bee was quite well behaved, but I did loose him near the floral sign at Marazion. I found him will his nose stuck into the display, working his way round and had already got to the M.
The Lizard point is Land's End lite. If you need a bit of serpentine in the shape of a dolphin or lampholder then this is the place for you. The weather was, well the fog horn was sounding from the lighthouse, although it was pleasent enough to sit outside at the cafe.
Breakfast is arranged for 8am as I am keen to get through the A 30 bit of Cornwall early before the traffic picks up.