Day 12: Tongue - John O'Groats
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The Day I Completed My Dream
Distance: 70.8 miles
Ride Time: 4h 44m 51s
Ave Speed: 14.9mph
I left at because I was a little worried that I wouldn't make it to John O'Groats in time to have an official photograph by the signpost. The ride to Thurso was a little hilly but I was making fairly good time.
Just outside Thurso I met a father and son (Brendon & Blair) in a petrol station. They were completing their LEJOG ride today and had stopped for food like me. We had a quick chat and then pressed on. We left the petrol station at just the wrong time because we got caught in a very heavy shower just as we left.
The road from Thurso was flat and fast and knowing that I didn't have to ride tomorrow I just rode as hard as I could, and after 11 days on the road I felt surprising good. I rode out to Dunnet Head (most northerly point of mainland
I went all out for the last 12 miles to JOG and arrived with a huge smile on my face and nothing else left to give. I wanted to have my picture taken in the same clothes that I left in (shorts and short sleeved jersey). It was freezing but I stripped down quickly for the photo, which we got done just before it started raining.
I didn't really look around JOG much because I was too cold and once again it was poring with rain.
I met up again with Brendon and Blair and we sat in the cafe drinking Tea for about three hours - I arrived at and the youth hostel didn't open till . The two people that I had met in
We had to ride 2.5 miles to the youth hostel, which seemed like the longest 2.5 miles of the trip. Mother nature also decided that we would be rained on for one last time too.
That evening I went to a local pub for a meal and a few celebratory pints with Brendon and Blair as we tried to take in what we had achieved.