lejog/jogle advice please?
So my ‘mate’ has decided we are doing John o goats – lands end on the early may bank holiday and we are looking to start booking stuff.
There will be 4-6 of us as fairly experienced roadies with absolutely minimal credit card kit and carbon bikes. Looking to do it over 9 days so it stand a chance of still being a holiday! 😯
Main questions are
what else do I need other than a toothbrush and a second pair of bibs?
Which direction should we do it in if we are based in the south East
How on earth do you get to/from dorking to/from John o groats with 6 people and bikes at a sensible price!?
Any other tips and experiences welcomePosted 5 years agoflowerpowerMember
Can’t help much as I rode it with organised (charity) support, but got some good advice from here and used my LBS to post my bike to a friendly bike shop in Newquay for the start. I then drove to Inverness (from central scotland) and left my car there (spoke to an out of town garden centre who let me park in their carpark). I flew from Inverness to birmingham, train to Newquay, picked up bike and headed to the start.
If you are based in the SE I would do the opposite… Post bike to Inverness bike shop, drive car to Newquay area and use train / plane to get to Inverness (you still need to figure it out from there).
Have fun, I loved it!Posted 5 years agoAlasdairMcMember
Stuff to wear at night, spare clothes, jacket, tools, a couple of tubes and cash. I used a Carradice Camper Longflap on mine, which was more than big enough and even got used for takeaways when we stopped for food before reaching our accommodation. Have you got anything booked yet, or even a route?
Once at the top, ride back to Wick and get the train down from there. It’s far nicer (or less bad) than Thurso.
EDIT: my blog is at http://2012lejog.wordpress.comPosted 5 years ago
Nothing booked (bank hol might mean that is problematic!)
planning on stealing the route from the deloitte thing:Posted 5 years ago
Yep, South to North, I rode it this way and it rained and rained but, the wind wasn’t often in our face. Would take some serious persuading to do it the other way.
Take waterproofs, Scotland isn’t normal, you will go through 5 weather systems in a day. I used ‘rainlegs’ and they saved me from trench groin tbh. Also, the tarmac north of Carlilse is rougher than the shandy tarmac we have down south, if you can put some bigger volume tyres on I would. The road past Loch Lomond is flippin rough.
High vis clothing helps, if something goes wrong and you’re out later than intended on a particular day.
9 days, will be enough of challenge but easily do-able, we did it 12 on tourers with all our kit.
Try a nice mix of fast and back roads, all back roads, too slow, all A roads, too demoralising. Take a compass, in cities just head North/South, don’t worry about an exact route.
For that many people I can’t think of a solution to get home other than one way van hire. We caught the sleeper train but you’ll be too late to book bike places I suspect.
Good luck, it was, interesting?
JamesPosted 5 years agodamitamitMember
I did it in April with 2 friends over 9 days. We went lightweight, staying in B&Bs and at friends houses. Train from London to Penzance, and Train from Wick to Inverness and the sleeper back to the london. Left bikes with a shop in Wick to be posted home for 50 quid.
I took a change of clothes for the evening in a Carradice barley (with trainers strapped to the top).
We used the CTC yha route and adapted it to make detours to friends places.
Photos here. lejog photos . Take note of the first photo on how NOT to do it, two guys I met on the train. You’ll have a great time!
I’ve got a google spreadsheet with all the gps routes and places we stayed (and cafe’s to stop at!) if you want to take a look. Give me an email.Posted 5 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Not lejog… but Dorset to aviemore…. You can get three blokes and three bikes in a hire car (passat estate). And we drove back and dropped it off at the local southern office.
Hi viz gillet
Wet weather gear
Never stop eating
I don’t like being booked in as it gives you a deadline, a bit of stress, and some days you can go way further than you planned when conditions are good. I would rather bivi bag it.Posted 5 years agosockpuppetSubscriber
Train from London to Penzance, and Train from Wick to Inverness and the sleeper back to the london. Left bikes with a shop in Wick to be posted home for 50 quid.
I used the train, having booked bike places *well* in advance, since there are laughably few available: I love the idea of the wick based postage solution! Which shop offers that? Well worth £50.
Less hassle for you, the shop in wick probably make a decent amount out of it too: winners all round.
Getting down to Penzance with bikes should be easier, but still worth calling to book.
Btw, when you get on the train in wick, with what you think are enough beers to last, remember that you can get more in Inverness when you change! Or so I hear…Posted 5 years agoalwillisMember
north to south here.
Just 2 of us, so posted bikes to a Thurso hotel and got the train (with student railcards for cheapness) up from Preston. Picked up bikes and had a lovely dinner in the hotel when we got there. Did it in 12.5 days, staying in BnBs, YHAs and with family and friends.
Maybe we were lucky, but I didn’t notice a headwind at all- a lot of rain though!!Posted 5 years agoPierreMember
I did North to South last year in the middle of summer. It was beautiful, and amazing to realise just how much of Scotland there is (yes, I’m from London), but I’d recommend doing it the other way, LE to JOG. Although Lands End is a much nicer place to finish. John O’Groats is a shithole.Posted 5 years agoransosSubscriber
Some good advice here…but have a think about your route. I would be tempted to miss out the A82 (beautiful scenery but busy with inattentive caravan drivers) and go via the old A9 and Edinburgh instead. If you do decide to ride the great Glen, there’s a quieter road south of Loch Ness between Ft Augustus and Inverness.Posted 5 years ago
Further south, the A49 through Shropshire is horrid, it’s well worth detouring via minor roads. If the weather’s good, the ride over Dartmoor is spectacular, and well worth the climb, but have a plan B if it’s wet.
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