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Alexandria to Fort Augustus was a wet one. Revit Pacific H20 waterproofs performed really well. 117 miles of rain kept out completely. So that's the advert done. 

No rain to speak of before today so our luck had to run out at some point. Glencoe managed to be spectacular even in the rain and with low cloud.

Stewart. If the weather is ok we will pop across to Dunnett Head. It's not something we're too worried about as Lizard Point is the most Southely I believe and we've not done that either! However, we have a rest day there before heading home, so Dunnett Head is a definite possibility.

La Mirage in Helmsdale sounds interesting. We've marked it up for a cuppa on the way back. Takes all sorts!

If the forecast for tomorrow is correct it will be 1/3 rain and 2/3 dry for a total of 155 miles. I can live with that.

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September 9, 2019 - 5:35 pm
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Good work Garry and Simon...keep up the good work.

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September 10, 2019 - 8:52 am
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I take my hat off to them, well done.

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A nice dry day today and we made it to John O Groats by 4pm without major incident.

Simon did manage to pop a fork seal, despite fitting new seals on new stanchions. Oil everywhere including the wheel and tyre. Wiped it down and carried on......as you do.

The scenery all the way from Fort Augustus to JOG was particularly pleasant.

Had a celebratory dinner at the burger van on the quayside and we are now crashed out in our low grade B&B that stinks of stale wet dog. 

For anyone thinking of having a go at LEJOG or JOGLE,  it's definitely worth the effort, and we have proved that a Bantam is easily capable of achieving it. My bike behaved flawlessly and Simon's only suffered minor set backs.

Thanks again for all the nice comments.

Gary.

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September 10, 2019 - 7:46 pm
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Very well done both of you...inspiring.

The Bantams rule the Roost.

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September 10, 2019 - 9:16 pm
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Great stuff, Lads!! Well done. Have a great trip back. Downhill all the way, rememberlaughlaugh

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Brilliant result. Hope the whiskey fumes overpower the stale dog 🙂

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Stewart and Mick. Home is about 700 miles from here, so just a short 125 mile ride to Inverness where we collect a van and load the bikes up. I love my Bantam but that van will feel like a Rolls Royce!

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September 10, 2019 - 11:01 pm
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Thanks Mick.

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September 10, 2019 - 11:22 pm
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Mick W inspiring don't you think.

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That's the best part of the trip anyway, I think, Gary. Caithness is an odd old place. A van sounds like total luxury and well deserved!

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Just a bit Mick...I rode a very small part of the route with Gary and Simon....Tarporley via Runcorn as far as St Helen's...when we parted company at St Helen and I waved them off just the thought of the pair of them now riding to Kendal scared me.

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We abandoned our rest day in JOG due to heavy rain forecast for Thursday. So we rode back to inverness today in the dry......... with gale force winds! A fairly hair raising 125 miles. 

The wind occasionally had us in 2nd gear even on the flat. A few hills involved 1st gear. Quite embarrassing and more than a little dangerous with lots of cars,m and trucks overtaking us on a busy A9. Some of the overtaking was shockingly poor, leaving less than a foot between us and them.

We do however have a 5 star B&B in inverness that is helping to make us feel better. Certainly a lot better than the stale dog B&B in JOG!

Gary 

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Great effort from the bantams and you guys 

Glad you made it in one piece and definitely sounds like a trip in the future on the bantam  

Nathan

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N.D.James said
Great effort from the bantams and you guys 

Glad you made it in one piece and definitely sounds like a trip in the future on the bantam  

Nathan  

It's a great trip Nathan. I would highly recommend it. I've done it 3 times now and I'm planning the next one.

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I really enjoyed it when i do e it in the camper when my mates were cycling but the thought of taking it easy taking in all the scenery on a bantam sounds like the perfect trip

Will try and get a few mates to buy bikes now or maybe ask my dad if he fancy joining  but he will be on a vn so not sure how he will cope 

Nathan

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Here are the daily routes we used in case anyone is interested. Days 2 and 3 are split into two parts. The links will open up in Google maps.

 

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Thanks, hope I can make use of them sometime!

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October 4, 2019 - 11:21 am
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Piquet said
Thanks, hope I can make use of them sometime!  

No probs Piquet. 

The routes will always take you to the waypoints in the order shown, but depending on traffic etc Google might take you a different way. 

Also, the routes are set with "avoid motorways", but day 2 part 2 has this switched off as the Severn Bridge is a motorway and that's the way we wanted to go.

If my friend Simon did the trip on a bike again he would probably avoid the Severn Bridge as it was more than a tad windy! Scared the pants off him poor chap 😀

Be sure to let us all know if/when you decide to give it a crack.

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