When we cycled Lands End to John O’Groats last year, there is one thing that we didn’t have which we would have loved: more time.
Pro cyclists can cycle LEJOG in less than a week. Most cyclists seem to take around two. We had to ask our workplaces nicely to get three weeks off work but we thought this would allow us to amble up the country, leisurely spinning at a speed suited to a summer holiday. In practice, we found it was just enough time to get us to the top, turn into a headwind and return to Wick for our train back to London.
We had a great time, but with some extra days up our sleeves we would have been able to climb Ben Nevis on a cloudless Scottish summer’s day. We could see ferries to the Orkney Islands from our campsite at Thurso and we might have managed a few days tracking puffins on this remote part of the UK. We definitely would have made time to catch up with friends we missed in Bristol, Hay-on-Wye and Liverpool.
We won’t really know how fast we’ll be travelling until we’re on our bikes, but we’ll do our best to make sure we have enough time to take opportunities when they present themselves; whether its a chance to catch up with friends and family, to stay another night at a tranquil campsite or the chance to lie on the grass in the sun for an afternoon.
I can’t wait.