John O'Groats Travel Blog› entry 14 of 14 › view all entries
Total Distance: 1074 miles
Total Ride Time: 74h 47m
Getting Back Home
I had a train ticket booked from Thurso to
So, I had a day in
The next day I caught the train back to
I had read many diaries of other people’s successful End to End rides and many of them said that there was an anti climax as they arrived in John O'Groats (or Lands End). For me there was no anti climax. It was amazing. I had crashed, battled against day after day of headwinds, been soaked to the skin, covered 121 miles in a single day over the toughest terrain of the whole ride and planned and ridden the whole route on my own. Anti climax? No chance. Arriving in JOG was amazing.
I had seen some amazing sights on my way but for me, what made the trip were the people that I met along the way. It made me realise how genuinely nice people can be. For instance, the woman in Caputh who offered to make me sandwiches, or Brendon and Blair who I had dinner with in JOG.
Would I recommend Lands End to John O'Groats. YES! It's achievable by anyone because you can make it as hard or easy as you want. Along the way you see some amazing things and meet some amazing people. Would I do it again? Probably not. Not because I didn't enjoy it, because I did. It was one of the best things I have ever done. But because I have completed this challenge now and there would have to be a very good reason for me to want to do it again. Now I have to attempt something bigger and harder.
So, what next? The obvious one would be coast to coast of the
If anybody is interested I have also got a whole section on my website on my ride and it includes route maps and a more detailed diary.
It can be found here.