Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Adventure before dementia

Tuesday the 28th of June saw the invasion of the South Africans. Our small guesthouse was filled to capacity and some of the group had to book in with neighbours. So on the back row we have Barry, Dave, Richard Jenny and Natalie and on the front are Andre, Laurie and Jeremy. Altogether six bikes a tandem and support drivers travelling from Lands End to John O' Groats where they will be celebrating Daves 60th birthday.

Today the group parted company with Jeremy who is heading to London and then Italy for a holiday.
The group have enjoyed the countryside and said that riding alongside Windermere and Thirlmere have been the best part of the journey so far.
... And so peace and tranquility returns to Gretna Green and the borders town of Innerleithen prepares for their invasion.
Good luck to all concerned.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Seeing the sights.

Emma from Dublin is combining cycling from John O' Groats to Lands End with a bit of sightseeing along the way.
She headed for the scenic route through the Cairngorms and had a look round Balmoral and Stirling castle. She said the Cairngorms were very beautiful and has enjoyed the ride so far. Todays journey will take her through the scenic lake district where she hopes to book into a Youth Hostel.
Well the weather is perfect today so lets hope its smiles all the way.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Down Under Wonder Wanderers

Brian and Allandra have brought their fold up cycles all the way from Australia for a cycling holiday in the UK. They stayed for two nights in Gretna Green which gave Brian a chance to visit a farm where he stayed during the second world war. The pair are now cycling from Carlisle to Newcastle following Hadrians Wall, staying near Brampton tonight. Allandra say the highlight of the holiday so far has been the ride along the coast from Ravensglass in the lake district and has found all the people to be very friendly and welcoming.
Good luck from Robert and Elaine for the rest of the holiday.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

One Gear - No Fear

Simon Watkins from Bristol is cycling on behalf of his favourite charity Clic Sargent.
He is attemping to cycle from John O' Groats to Lands End using only one gear. Yesterdays journey saw him travel from Ardrossan to Gretna Green a distance of almost 100 miles (the furthest he has cycled in one day).
His favourite part of the journey so far has been the Isle of Arran, where the roads were quiet and the hills were high. It must have been quite an achievement with only one gear.
Simons adventures can be found on One Bike One Gear No Brain

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Black Pudding

Our two visitors last night were Tim Maton and Ross Flemming who hail from Bristol. They are cycling from Lands-End to John O' Groats to raise money for the MS Society and Naomi House Childrens Hospice. The pair rode up from Kirkby Lonsdale yesterday and will be staying with relatives in Kilmarnock tonight. They were delighted that we had black pudding on the menu for breakfast. Details of their journey can be found on their Lejog blog.