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Latest Lands End To John O'Groats Bantam Run.
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nickjaxe
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2 of my buddies are part way through a LEJOG run at present...tonight the are stopping in Kendal...they started on Wed 4th Sept At Lands End.

They are routing not too far from where I live in Runcorn Cheshire so I arranged to meet near Tarporley Cheshire this morning on my B175 and ride part of the route with them....I enjoyed it very much...wish I could have done the whole route with them...10 years ago maybe.

They called in at my house for lunch before I carried on with them to St Helens with them to a re-fuel point.

Very enjoyable day it was....I wish the best of luck with the rest of the trip....what an adventure.

Here are a few pics from today.
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The Riders are Gary and Simon from Felixstowe.

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Excellent 👍🏼 good luck lads!I notice they both have indicators.Dont blame them to be honest. 

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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Good luck to them both. Are they doing it for charity? Nice looking bikes too.

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a 77 Honda CB125S. I have a 74 Kawasaki S3 400 and a B175 waiting for restoration. A 1980 Honda CB400N waiting for MOT.  Everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. 

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I've done half of it (Morecambe to John O'Groats) on an old Beemer; doing the full LEJOG on a Bantam is a different matter, though. Good luck to them both.

Nick - you're never too old to have a go if you want to, you just need to get your backside hardened up and your bike reliable, then do it. One day you will wish you tried.

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners (when I get time!) and a still in progress Morini 250

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Ive been the camper driver when two of my friends cycled it 

And i would love to do the trip again i loved every bit of it 

Maybe one day when the bantam is up and running 

Good luck 

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swalsh58 said
Good luck to them both. Are they doing it for charity? Nice looking bikes too.  

No steve just a private venture....the weather has been kind to them so far...bar getting battered by strong cross winds on the Severn bridge.

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cocorico said
I've done half of it (Morecambe to John O'Groats) on an old Beemer; doing the full LEJOG on a Bantam is a different matter, though. Good luck to them both.

Nick - you're never too old to have a go if you want to, you just need to get your backside hardened up and your bike reliable, then do it. One day you will wish you tried.  

I think I am to old and only 66...10 years ago I would have jumped at it...but I dont deal with stress to well now.

But I do take my hat off the Both Garry and Simon.

I will update as and when unless Gary finds a moment to do it....had an email this morning...they made Kendal all ok....that must be the best part of halfway now?

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Bang on halfway! A bar of mintcake should fortify them for the rest of the journey. laugh

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Stoo63 said
... A bar of mintcake should fortify them for the rest of the journey. laugh  

Until they reach the 'Neeps and Haggis' regions? With a nip of uisge-beatha to fortify them...

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners (when I get time!) and a still in progress Morini 250

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I remember these two (and Nick) from the rally at South Cernay. Good luck to them. I'd like to do it sometime on my Bantam. I cycled it years ago with my wife so I know it can be done !

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Wow biking it...thats amazing Ken...

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Thank-you Nick for starting this thread and thank-you to everyone for your supportive comments.

No Mint Cake was purchased or eaten in Kendal, but only because we didn't think about it!

We completed Kendal to Alexandria today without any major incident. A chain adjustment and pushing a bullet joint back together were the only maintenance required. 

Just in case anyone is interested, we are riding roughly 150 miles per day, so 6 days will do it assuming we have no unfixable breakdowns. We are cruising at around 42mph (sat nav speed), but many of the hills are knocking that back quite rapidly. We are achieving 80+ mpg.

I have links to the daily routes that make it easy to open them up in my phone's sat nav (google). I have 2 running and mounted on my handlebars in case one should pack up.

If anyone is interested in viewing or using the routes I can email the links to you. Just PM me. I am unlikely to respond before the coming weekend but will do it eventually. The routes contain waypoints that force the navigation onto the roads I want to be on. There is 3km of motorway (Severn bridge) and 40 ish miles of dual carriageways, but other than that it is all old A roads and back roads.

Nick. Our host in Wistantow is 68 years old and she has just completed LEJOG on her push bike. You are not too old to ride a motorbike that far! By the way, thanks for lunch on Saturday:-)

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This is the beginning. We're hoping for an end picture!

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N.D.James said
Ive been the camper driver when two of my friends cycled it 

And i would love to do the trip again i loved every bit of it 

Maybe one day when the bantam is up and running 

Good luck   

Did you ever get out of 1st gear...bet you enjoyed it.

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Bee175 said
This is the beginning. We're hoping for an end picture!

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Well done Garry...this pic pic at Lands End could be looking out over the Med its stunning.

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nickjaxe said

Did you ever get out of 1st gear...bet you enjoyed it.  

Hi Nick 

It was an amazing trip the views in scotland were stunning 

And lucky for me we looked at a map every morning and agreed a meeting point roughly 30 mile and i pulled over at a safe place and when they were close i would get food ready 

We managed to get to lands end in 11 days 

Nathan

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nickjaxe said

Well done Garry...this pic pic at Lands End could be looking out over the Med its stunning.  

I had similar when I arrived at JoG. I then went west along the north coast into the rain - luckily I found an Hotel which let me kip down in the Manager's Office...5a-R100-at-JoG.jpgThis was back in the 80s, mind, probably a bit more touristy now.

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A fine figure of a man CoCo...good memories eh....sporting proper biker boots as well.

It all looks very nice.

Keep to tales coming in guys.

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Hopefully it's as sunny for you guys in John O' Groats as it was in Land's End, although looking out the window just now.....hmmmm, i doubt it. i'm only about 5 miles from Alexandria and I'm sure you've been making best use of your weatherproofs. You should be alright for hills til you get just before Inverness - there's a beast there that goes on forever and then the Braes o' Berriedale between Helmsdale and Wick. Basically you might as well get off and push surprised On the other hand, on the way back, you may achieve your highest ever speed!!

BTW when you're in Helmsdale you can treat yourself to one of the most surreal experiences you'll ever come across. There's a wee cafe/restaurant called La Mirage run by a "woman" who styles herself exactly as Barbara Cartland and has about 50years worth of photos of "herself" with various celebs around the world. The place is absolutely bonkers!! If "mother" isn't there, then the "son" will be holding fort, usually bleary-eyed with smudged mascara. To my knowledge "mother" and "son" have never been seen together at the same time.... Did someone say Norman Bates????

When you're up that way take a trip to the Lighthouse at Dunnet Head - it's actually supposed to be the most Northerly point - certainly according to locals. No point in going all that way and not making sure....

Happy and safe riding guys,

All the best

Stewart 

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An amazing challenge and great that you are succeeding. 

I'd like to think I could do it but the body might say something different !.

Good luck guys.

Regards,

Graham.

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However, as I thought it might take a while, bought a B40 to ride.

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