Stage 1 - John O'Groats to Inverness





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We completed stage 1 at 5pm after cycing and extra 30 miles so that we have a lisghtly shorter day tomorrow.

We cycled 150 miles with nearly 9000 ft of climbing and burning off nearly 9000 calories. For more details of the route you can navigate the map above or click here to see more geeky stats.

The day started bright and early at 5am this morning, at least it would have been had Steve not needed to make a second visit to the little boys room!! We headed off out of the B&B for the short journey to John O'Groats (about 4 miles). After a couple of pictures at a very chilly JoG, we set off shortly behind some fellow end to enders who we quickly caught up and overtook, only to be overtaken again when we had our first mini emergency of the day. I was having mechanical troubles and thought we may need to phone John up who was still sleeping in the B&B, to come out with my tools to fix it. Luckily eagle eyed Kelsey spotted my problem and we where back on the road and overtaking the guys from Coventry again.

We where progressing well and had reached Helmsdale by 9am where we stopped to have our pack up breakfast that Shiela at our B&B had kindly made for us.

We had a couple of testing climbs but we where all holding out pretty well. The good news of the day was that I found out that my Hull City tickets for Wembley where confirmed shortly after half 9, so special Thanks to Graham for sorting them out for me. Can't Wait!!!

Well the fun (for me and Keith that is!!) started a little later when Steve "PP" Kelsey had his first puncture of the day. We where not long fixing that before we where back on the road again.

John caught up with us about 30 miles outside of Inverness. All three of us where famished and looking forward to the Bacon and Egg butties that had been promised. Unfortunatley it is quite difficult to fry bacon and eggs on your travel cooker, when you leave the flippin thing on the freezer at home in York, so we made do with a suprisingly filling mix of Pork Pie, Cake, Yoghurt, Cake, Tea and Cake.

By now we where in discussions about extending day 1 to take us to Fort Augustus, which we estimated would take us and extra 35 miles or so. The idea was to reduce Day 2 as we knew that it may get pretty chilly on Ranoch Moor, so wanted to be tucked up in bed at the hotel early afternoon on Sunday.

We decided to take what Keth thought would be a short cut avoiding the nasty long climb up onto the Black Isle outside Inverness. Instead we encountered bigger hills on our detour, which caused arguments (sorry, minor disagreements) between the two old boys as to which way was the right way while on this detour. Well you guessed it, PP aka Kelsey was wrong!!

After 2 more punctures from Kelsey and none from anyone else we finally got to the A82 alongside the Loch Ness, having just diced with death curtosy of an idiot driving on the wrong side of the road while us three where cycling 45 mph down hill. We finally cauht up with John in a village called Invermoriston where we discovered he had been and bought a new camping cooker and had some bacon butties on the go.

Well I am going to bed now as it is half 10. I shall tidy up this rough update tomorrow so I can get some sleep now.

6am start tomorrow, so JB will be dropping us off where he picked us up from then onto Dumbarton an estimated 125 miles

Stage 2 update expected at around tea time Sunday With Pictures from today and Tomorrow to be added

I shall add some Day one pics here when I have little more time