>Route Sorted

>At last, I think I have sorted out my route- well I’ve done a first draft of the route at any rate.

It goes something like this…

It Winds from Chicago to LA,
More than 2000 miles all the way,
Get Your kicks on Route 66,
Now you go through St Louis,
Joplin, Missouri,
And Oaklahoma City is mighty pretty,
You see Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona,
Don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino,
Won’t you get hip on this timely trip,
When you make that California trip,
Get your kicks on Route 66

Ok, that’s not quite the route I have planned to take – been there and done that before- but it did take me 9 years to complete that trip. This trip is hopefully going to take me less time to complete.

I’m heading from Lands End to Liskeard via Redruth and St Austell, then on via Tavistock, Dartmoor, Exeter, Wellington, Taunton and on towards Avonmouth, Aust, Monmouth, Hereford, Knighton, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch.

[Whitchurch, Warrington, Chorley, Preston and onto Lancaster (not the service station) and a night at my cousin’s house-[Thanks Andy & Jan]. Thereafter, its Carnforth, but only a brief encounter with the place. Then Kendal, up over Shap, into Penrith, Carlisle and over the border to Longtown.

Next its Gretna, Dumfries and up the A76 to Mauchline. Then its navigate Glasgow, avoiding a kiss hopefully and heading up along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond to Crianlarich then to Fort William, Invergarry along Loch Ness (who will look a bigger mess- Nessie or me?), then its onto Bonar Bridge, Lairg and onto Dounreay (home of the Ready Brek advert?) finally, its along to Thurso and into John o Groats and a well deserved pint. At least this route avoids going via the Isle of Arran.

I’m tired just typing out the route.

I’m trying to get in as many miles as I can, but not getting in as many as I’d like. I’ve not done more than about 51 in a day this year, but have done lots of back to back 40-50 mile rides albeit half before work and half after work.

I’m not in the final stages of sorting out my kit and loading up the bike to see what it rides like with all my kit on it. I also need to get used to riding a geared bike again, having ridden over 1900 miles fixed so far this year. Its a different experience riding fixed and it takes some getting used to gears again.

Sadly, the only cycling I managed over Easter was 2 sessions in the gym on the exercise bike there – a total of 90 minutes. Its not enough, but there is a limit to how much cr*p TV you can watch in the gym without going stir crazy.

Right- that’s enough for now as I need to be up early in the morning to get some miles in before work. This work is geting well in the way of my preparations for this ride!

About spen666

I'm a 50 something football fan and occasional cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds previously. I have 1 left to rejoin the 92 club. Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I now am one of the organising committee for the UK Police Unity Tour (www.ukpoliceunitytour.org ) I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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1 Response to >Route Sorted

  1. Anonymous says:

    >What is wrong with the Isle of Arran it is a beautiful place and the locals are very friendly. Do you think going by ferry is cheating?

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