How do you Cycle 970 Miles? One Day at a Time!
Over the summer Woodard Housemaster Dr David Snell, and his wife Caro, undertook the immense challenge of cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End.
Here, he tells more about how to approach this type of cycle ride:
"You have heard the old question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer, of course, is “One bite at a time”. This was how Caro and I approached the question of “How do you cycle 970 miles, the length of the UK?”. The answer, “One day at a time”.
So it was with some trepidation that we set off from John O’Groats and headed south. We were aiming to cycle south, but first had to head west, along the north coast of Scotland. I can honestly say that the 50 miles from John O’Groats to Bettyhill included the finest scenery in the UK; epic vistas appeared around every corner and the realisation that the next stop is North America or the Arctic was truly unforgettable.
If ever you view a map of the UK, Scotland may appear rather small geographically, however, it took us four wonderful days to thread our way through stunning mountain ranges, lakes and of course Glasgow!
Heading into England meant we were on the home straight – only 550 miles left!
Winding our way through the urban conurbations of Warrington, then the Welsh Marches allowed plenty of time to think and consider life’s little puzzles. Often, Caro and I would comment upon how beautiful the country is that we live in, or we would contemplate how lucky we are that we can physically attempt such a challenge.
It was with great excitement and relief that we rolled into Lands’ End – a huge challenge completed, small steps building to give a much bigger picture."
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