Category: Cycle

That’s me now done 55,000 miles of cycling!

That’s me now done 55,000 miles of cycling, since April 2003. Which works out, doing an average of 3,235 miles each year! Of course, some years done well less than that. Others way more! The most in single year, was back in 2013, when I did 6,118.4 miles!

Here is the total number of miles for each year.

  • 2003 – 1,148.7 miles
  • 2004 – 1,585.6 miles
  • 2005 – 2,091.8 miles
  • 2006 – 2,166.3 miles
  • 2007 – 1,072.7 miles
  • 2008 – 1,807.5 miles
  • 2009 – 2,685.9 miles – did the End to End cycle (JOGLE).
  • 2010 – 4,001.3 miles
  • 2011 – 5,066.0 miles
  • 2012 – 5,289.5 miles – longest ever cycle – 101.62 miles.
  • 2013 – 6,118.4 miles – most ever in a single year.
  • 2014 – 5,334.9 miles
  • 2015 – 2,341.4 miles
  • 2016 – 4,583.8 miles
  • 2017 – 4,147.5 miles
  • 2018 – 3,158.5 miles
  • 2019 – 2,357.9 miles
  • 2020 – 44.8 miles

John O’Groats to Tongue 10 years on

This time, 10 years ago, I would have been cycling between John O’Groats to Tongue. A distance of 64.22 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,237 metres. It was the first, time I had ever been to that part of Scotland and till this day, can’t believe how totally amazing the views were!

Check out the route, over at www.strava.com/activities/445506836 and please do give me a kudos. Only had two so far! That’s due to Strava, not being a thing back then!

Mike and myself at the unofficial sign post, John O'Groats
Mike and myself getting our photo taken at the start of the End to End cycle
Myself with Dounreay nuclear power station in the background
Somewhere on the first day of the End to End cycle

10 years ago, I was in John O’Groats!

Would you believe it?!?! This time, 10 years ago, I would have been in John O’Groats. Which can only mean one thing. It was just one sleep, till I started doing the John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) cycle. Which took me from John O’Groats at the very top mainland Scotland, to Lands End at the very end of England. A distance of just over 990 miles.

I would, still rate it, as one of the best things, I’ve ever done! Maybe also one of the hardest. That’s the bit, I did need to speak about! I did make it all the way, to end, which is the main thing!



Made it to the end, two years ago today!

I can’t believe it was two years ago today, that I finished the End to End cycle. Where has all that time gone? So I would like to say good luck to everyone that is setting off today. And well done to everyone making it to the end!

Below is a great photo of myself with Henry, Ben and Edward at Land’s End that I met while doing the cycle.

Left to right: Myself, Henry, Ben and Edward at Land's End.

Accommodation cost for the 2011 JOGLE

Below the what the accommodation is going to cost for the 2011 JOGLE cycle.

  • Day 0: Saturday 6th August 2011 – travelling up to John O’Groats – £19.50.
  • Day 1: Sunday 7th August 2011 – John O’Groats to Tongue – £17.50.
  • Day 2: Monday 8th August 2011 – Tongue to Carbisdale Castle – £22.50.
  • Day 3: Tuesday 9th August 2011 – Carbisdale Castle to Loch Ness – £19.50.
  • Day 4: Wednesday 10th August 2011 – Loch Ness to Glencoe – £20.00.
  • Day 5: Thursday 11th August 2011 – Glencoe to Killearn – Free staying with family.
  • Day 6: Friday 12th August 2011 – Killearn to New Lanark – £16.75.

£115.75 for the Scottish section, per person.

  • Day 7: Saturday 13th August 2011 – New Lanark to Carlisle – £23.00.
  • Day 8: Sunday 14th August 2011 – Carlisle to Slaidburn – £16.40
  • Day 9: Monday 15th August 2011 – Slaidburn to Chester (may change).
  • Day 10: Tuesday 16th August 2011 – Chester to Clun (may change) £16.40.
    • Camping at Clum Mill from around £10.00, saving £6.40.
  • Day 11: Wednesday 17th August 2011 – Clun to Welsh Bicknor – £16.40.
    • Camping at Welsh Bicknor from around £10.00 saving £6.40.
  • Day 12: Thursday 18th August 2011 – Welsh Bicknor to Street – £22.40.
  • Day 13: Friday 19th August 2011 – Street to Okehampton – £23.00.
    • Camping at Okehampton from around £10.00, saving £13.00.
  • Day 14: Saturday 20th August 2011 – Okehampton to Perranporth – £20.40
  • Day 15: Sunday 21st August 2011 – Perranporth to Land’s End – £20.40.
    • Camping at Land’s End from around £10.00, saving £10.40.
  • Day 16: Monday 22nd August 2011 – travelling back home.

£142 for the English section, per person. If camping costs £105.80. Also need to find accommodation for Chester, since the YHA has closed.

Total price = £257.75 (with camping £221.55). Plus one of one off cost of joining the SYHA/YHA for £10.

All prices correct at 04/03/2011.

New way of displaying data from the cycle

Just playing around with a new way of displaying data from the End2End cycle that I did in August 2009. This data is made using a WordPress plugin called Gpx2Graphics. I really like it so far, since you can also view the route with google street view.



Please can you let me know what you think by posting comments below.

JOGLE 2011 dates

At long last we have made a start on picking the dates for doing the End2End cycle next year. Right now it’s looking like the following.

  • Day 0: Saturday 6th August 2011 – travelling up to John O’Groats.
  • Day 1: Sunday 7th August 2011 – cycling from John O’Groats to Tongue.
  • Day 2: Monday 8th August 2011 – Tongue to Carbisdale Castle.
  • Day 3: Tuesday 9th August 2011 – Carbisdale Castle to Loch Ness.
  • Day 4: Wednesday 10th August 2011 – Loch Ness to Glencoe.
  • Day 5: Thursday 11th August 2011 – Glencoe to Killearn.
  • Day 6: Friday 12th August 2011 – Killearn to New Lanark.
  • Day 7: Saturday 13th August 2011 – New Lanark to Carlisle.
  • Day 8: Sunday 14th August 2011 – Carlisle to Slaidburn.
  • Day 9: Monday 15th August 2011 – Slaidburn to Chester.
  • Day 10: Tuesday 16th August 2011 – Chester to Clun.
  • Day 11: Wednesday 17th August 2011 – Clun to Welsh Bicknor.
  • Day 12: Thursday 18th August 2011 – Welsh Bicknor to Street.
  • Day 13: Friday 19th August 2011 – Street to Okehampton.
  • Day 14: Saturday 20th August 2011 – Okehampton to Perranporth.
  • Day 15: Sunday 21st August 2011 – Perranporth to Land’s End.
  • Day 16: Monday 22nd August 2011 – travelling back home.

GPS tracking testing

I am now testing GPS tracking, which is something I would have loved to have done last year, but I did not have the correct mobile phone for doing it. I do know when doing the cycle, it should work most of the time, other then when in the Highlands of Scotland, when your very lucky to get a network, well with Orange anyway.

If you want this for your own website, the code can be found at http://www.google.com/latitude/apps/badge

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