Why bamboo? Why not? A while back I’d come across Calfee Designs. Their bikes looked amazing! Then I plonked ‘bamboo bike’ into the Internet and let the cogs spin. They’d been around for ages and came in many shapes and sizes, adaptable to the application, most sensible but some crazy. I also had an idea …
Half term microadventure. Trains & bikes. The Lake District. Climb Scafell Pike. 3 Great British Peaks done. More on the horizon!
Climbing up Snowdon. Riding back from Snowdonia. Food woes lead to underground shows. Welsh hills interspersed with Osprey thrills. Gravel tracks and plenty of cake snacks. Watching a moonrise, spotting lots of butterflies. And finally up & over Gospel Pass.
LEJOG continued… along the Great Glen. Wild camping at 450m. Late night PIZZA! Highlands wilderness. The Crask Inn. North Coast 500. Audacious extra 25km. Dunnet Head. John o’Groats. What an adventure!
LEJOG continued… up Ben Nevis. More misty mountains. Terrible forecast. Grey morning. Clears quick. It is on. Up, up, up. Sack of potatoes. On top of the UK at 1344m. Phone Mummy #braggingrights. Down, down, down. Peppermint tea with a straw in a GLASS!
LEJOG continued. Misty mountains. Outstanding octagons. Fantastic hospitality. The border. Circles and crashes. 3 swims. Farewells. Squirrels & isle. Dazzling diamond. WASPS. Ancient stones, cairns and not one but 3 castles. And finally the most horrid day of all…
LEJOG continued. Proper Birthday. Mummy. 2 bridges, a first for 1. Steep hills and a castle. Struggles & decisions. Connect 4 progress. Grey. 100k. Warmshowers. Good byes. Chester Cathedral & Lego, lots of lovely Lego! Ferry…. across the Mersy. Wind farm & Gormley. Connect 4 – in for the kill! Another 100k. Lawnmowers. Grey, dark grey, darker grey and very wet. The Lakes & one hell of a hill. Windermere & Grandpa Pom.
LEJOG – The beginning! Getting up and catching a train. Quick trip to hospital. The finger post at Land’s End. BEACH. Friends. Hills. I Spy. Owls. Railway Trails. Steam Trains. Aunt & Uncle. Trampolining. Relaxing. Trampolining. And a bold ride home!
Land’s End to John o’Groats, LEJOG, End to End, call it what you will. It was one hell of an adventure! And it was done on homemade bamboo bikes. In 30 days. Oh, and we added Lego bricks to the largest model being built in the world of and in Chester Cathedral, and climbed Ben Nevis!