January……

“January, sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me”, sung by the group Pilot in 1975 but those words resonate with me every year. In my cycling year this is the most difficult month to keep my motivation, the Christmas celebrations are over and a New Year has arrived, it is an easy time of…

Garmin Tab Repair

I am now using my third Garmin Edge, I will say at this point that for a fair amount of money they are far from perfect, in fact all three models, 705, 800 and now 810 have all been replaced within 12 months under warranty and to me that represents a 100% failure record which I…

LeJog Day 1 Lands End to Egloskerry

The forecast for Day 1 was that overnight rain would clear through and we would have a clear sunny day with a moderate westerly wind so the sound of rain on the motor home roof when I woke up was not a welcome tune. I could just see blue sky out to the west and…

Wagons Roll

Two days before we left for Lands End and the start of LeJog I collected the Motorhome from parking and Kaye spent the day loading it with supplies as well as nagging me to pack the cycling kit I will need for the journey. I have loaded up every conceivable spare part and tool I…

The Final Countdown

One month to go until I tackle my biggest cycling challenge to date pedalling from Lands End to John O’Groats. Many thousands do it every year and I have been excited at the prospect and hoping I have the stamina and mental toughness to complete the challenge. Full time retirement convinced me that I needed…

On A Whim

Tuesday means a Fleet CTC morning ride of about 35 miles with a mid ride coffee stop. The forecast was for overnight temperatures near freezing and a beautiful sunny day to follow. Planning an 08-30 start to be at the meeting point for 09-30 and with no frost on the grass and an outside temperature…

Pornic, France

Truth is we picked this area to cycle because we missed this town as a stopover on our sailing trip to Portugal and wanted to explore the area. I downloaded a 45 mile circular road route of Pornic and after a comfortable night at the aptly named Hotel Brit and a hearty breakfast we were…