I wanted to cycle from Lands End
to John O' Groats for the challenge, for almost zero carbon
transport and to know my size in relation to my own country, but
how? One Sunday someone in Exeter Quaker Meeting spoke the Chinese
saying about a journey of a thousand miles starting with one step.
So on a Monday morning In March 2012 I began. I put the bike on
the train to Penzance, cycled to Lands End and back to Penzance.
The next day I continued to Redruth and, feeling pleased, came home
by train. On another occasion I started from Redruth and reached St
In Spring 2013 Gerald and I cycled St Austell to
Crediton. I did a few more sections to Bristol on my own. It
was good stress relief when our son Fred went travelling. For
our summer holiday Gerald and I cycled from Bristol Temple Meads to
Kendal, staying with cousins where we could, along the way. I
continued alone to Shotts, east of Glasgow.
This year I started from Largs, west of Glasgow. Gerald was on
Iona for a week. I took the ferry to Arran, where my friend Sue
lives, and continued across Kintyre to meet Gerald in Oban. We took
the ferry to Barra in the Outer Hebrides, cycled through the
islands to Stornoway, then another ferry to Ullapool where we
cycled east, north and east again to reach John O'
My total cycling journey was 38 days of which Gerald did about
three fifths. The train ride back from Thurso to Exeter St David's
took 15 hours.
It has been tremendously satisfying and a precious opportunity
to appreciate Scotland.