What Am I Doing?
It seems so strange planning a return here after the relief of leaving last year. Last year I ran the approximately 1,000 mile route from Lands End to John O’Groats; this year, from Wednesday (27th May) I am now intending to head back down the other way; only this time on a bike.
I want to point out at this early stage, that I am NOT a cyclist. I don’t really know the first thing about cycling; I don’t look like one and I certainly don’t own all the gear.
So here is what’s likely going to happen: I’m going to do a number of things badly/wrong; make loads of mistakes and by the end of it, have a pretty good idea of what you need to spend your money on as a brand new cyclist. This promises to be educational!
What planning have I done?
I got myself a bike; I thought this was important when contemplating a bike ride. I had plenty of help with this from my bike nerd friends. As I said before, I didn’t know the first thing about bikes. I didn’t know what a ‘gearset’ was; I’d never heard of the word ‘Shimano’ and frankly, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between carbon fiber and MDF (or whatever the other bike materials are…) In the end, I opted for this German offering (below), as I thought it might be efficient… and possibly organised.
I do feel like I have now sufficiently trained myself (on paper) to effectively look after a bike and prevent it from falling apart (thank you, Youtube!). I now own tools and equipment that allow me to repair things such as tyres. I’ve never actually had to mend a puncture before, but I figured how hard could it possibly be?
What Training Have I Done?
Well I’ve only owned a road bike for about four weeks ish, but in that time I have done 11 bike rides and I haven’t fallen off even once! Bike riding is clearly easy; I think that will probably be enough training.
How Many Miles A Day Are You Doing? Where Are You Going To Sleep? Blah Blah…
I don’t know. I never know the answers to these kind of questions. I plan to cycle until I am either hungry or tired, then eat or sleep accordingly.
I don’t have anywhere near the money to eat in nice places every day, or sleep in nice hotels, so I’ve not planned any stops. I intend to do a lot of eating when I see a supermarket, and sleeping on convenient pieces of ground I find at night time.
And Finally, How Do You Intend To Get Back Home From Cornwall?
Erm….. yeah, that seems like a job for ‘Future-Dan’ to think about.. Yeah, I’ll let that idiot worry about that minor detail. Good thinking!
If you like, you can follow my progress (or lack of) HERE on my facebook page.