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Andy and Rachel House

MovingHouses JOGLE2019

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[p] MOVING HOUSES JOGLE2019[/p][p]The Houses in question are Rachel House and Andy House – and this father/daughter team will be moving from John O’Groats to Lands End in June 2019 entirely by pedal power. [/p][p]Rachel is keeping a daily blog @[/p][p][url=https://movinghousesjogle.blogspot.com/2019/06/here-we-go.html?spref=fb&m=1]https://movinghousesjogle.blogspot.com[/url][/p][p]20/06 Day 15. A long day and the last day - but it didn’t rain!! Early start in Truro, too early for my legs with the 200+ m climb to Rame and the gravel track at the start didn’t suit the bike or my shoulders. We dropped down into Gweek for breakfast at the Boatyard cafe. Lots of activity on wood, steel and plastic boats - real old school and interesting. The long hill out set the tone for the day.[/p][p]out to the Lizard, the actual most southerly point in GB for a photo op - roadie found a signpost showing 350 miles back to Lowestoft (as the crow flies not as it’s on a bike) Then up into the hills again.[/p][p]lunch was scheduled for Penzance but the scouting roadie had found the town was rammed and a bridge was shut. Rachel and I needed another coffee in Helston by the lake while we replanned. The Sainsbury’s cafe in Penzance is quite posh with a veranda and views over the bay to St Michael’s Mount. The iced coffee and food were definitely needed - the hills of Cornwall are a test especially after 14 days and 900+ miles. But only 15 miles left. [/p][p]Climbing out of Penzance on the A30 we experienced the whole range of car drivers. From smiles and cheery waves to window down abuse. Not very nice for Rachel.[/p][p]Still the traffic thinned as the destination options lessened and the scenery changed also. It was strange to have the sea on both sides and just a small hill in front. Over the top and a run down to the white blobs ahead which soon resolved into buildings and then suddenly we were at the theme park which is now Lands End. Luckily all except the loos were shut, there were few people around and it still wasn’t raining. [/p][p]We rather spoiled the photos of the run in by coming down separate tracks but spent 15 mins having pictures taken. The signpost to JOG was locked away so people couldn’t have free piccies but we found finishing posts instead. Rachel lifted her bike skyward for the iconic shot but mine stayed on the ground as she wouldn’t lift it as well.[/p][p]so decanting the car, we rescued the bike rack and in short while we were heading northeast looking for a pub dinner in the way back to Exeter for the night. Job ✅. [/p][p]A real team effort. Love and thanks to Rachel for planning, booking, doing virtually all the navigation and of course coming up with the idea in the first place. Lots of love and thanks to Sheila for letting me do it, putting up with lots of me cycling in Suffolk ( you can’t train for Cornwall in flatland) and being a star roadie..❤?❤?[/p][p]Will try to get a round up in before memory fades, after I have spent time number crunching on Strava. [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p]19/06 Day 14. Surprisingly we started off in the rain and were thorough soaked by second breakfast after a big climb into the mists. Can recommend the Granite Path for bikes - I am sure the view from the viaduct is good when the clouds aren’t in the way. Posh bacon bap (+ fried egg) in a farm shop which also provided the makings for tonight’s picnic tea. Skirting Launceston and climbing again to go around Bodmin gave better views as the cloud lifted, the rain stopped and we slowly steamed in the sun. we saw the sea! A fast run down the A39 to Camelford and then on to the Camel trail. A bit muddy but better than the A roads. A late lunch in the tea room - Cornish pastie and then a climb across the county before dropping down into Truro. The sharp hill into the city came as a shock after being basically on a downhill for ten miles. Soon into the B&B and installed in the new extension (1870). Another 72 miles gone. 66 left to take in the Lizard and Lands End on the last day.[/p][p][br][/p][p]18/06 Day 13. Early start and up on the bank of the Parrett for a roll by the river into town. Another Bear ( Bernard ) joined us from the Premier Inn. Bridgwater has changed dramatically in some ways but other bits looked as they did thirty years ago. The planned route was along the canal path to Taunton which started well but then was blocked by bridge works. Backtracking meant we passed Neptune twice. The diversion was slow but eventually we passed Uranus. The path deteriorated to gravelled ruts and we made slower progress. At Saturn we decided to take advantage of the road crossing to give up on the path. An hour gone and only 8 miles. I knew the way into Taunton and took over navigating - getting to Bumbles coffee shop for a second breakfast. Working our way across town and out on the A38 was more straightforward than we thought - and we were soon out in the country. Eschewing the planned Great Western canal path (we do learn sometimes) we stayed pretty much on the A roads into Devon. But it was raining hard by the time we got to Bickleigh Mill for lunch. The magnificent roadie had towels waiting when we arrived. The bistro was cyclist friendly but their floors weren’t and the tour could have ended there. A good lunch helped but we started off warily back up the A396. We avoided Cadbury Hill by taking an alternative but slightly longer route. For once the ploy worked and we enjoyed a very pleasant ride through country lanes dodging the odd quarry lorry. The rain eased and we started the long rolling climbs and descents that we can expect from now on. Due to the very slow canal paths our overall average speed was going up steadily boosted by some fast downhill sections. The hill in Okehampton rising to the Airbnb was a fast cool down session compared to the previous bits and we almost rode past before we were flagged in and met our hosts. Quite set up for cyclists with a basement space which we took advantage of for a chain clean - much needed as the bikes had picked up lots of hair and grass in derailleur jockey wheels as well as a good chain coating of oily grit.[/p][p]another great cycling feast was prepared by chef roadie. Everyone weary after 13 days but now looking forward to the final push.[/p][p]70+ miles today now all ready for more of the same but longer and higher tomorrow. But only two days left..[/p][p]17/06 Day 12 word = wind specifically headwind across the levels. But before that we made our way in the sunshine across Bristol. Definitely helps when you know the area and apart from the unavoidable hills no problems getting to the Clifton suspension bridge. Surprised to see it was open for business but managed selfies and off into the woods.[/p][p]Country roads through North Somerset to Congresbury for a coffee and custard slice at a garden centre. More garden fairies joined the trip here. Round the end of the Mendips on the Strawberry line, and reluctantly past the Thatchers Cider Mill - avoiding the temptation of Cheddar Gorge for a quick blast. The levels were flat and gave nowhere to hide from the wind. A short spell on the A38 reminded us why we went the scenic route.. Bridgwater hasn’t got the idea that cycle lanes should be continuous preferring instead short sections joined up with dual carriageways and roundabouts. Still good to roll into the PI to a rapturous welcome from Mum,Linda and Alf somewhat diminished as we couldn’t see them in the pub. Great dinner having no appetite problems. However spent time learning how Rachel’s front shift was supposed to operate then more time in making it happen. At the other end of the tech scale one dead iPhone proved difficult to resurrect on the hotel Wi-fi and will have to wait to tomorrow’s AirBnB for it’s software restore. Much angst all around as we are now down to three phones, three iPads and a laptop. I expect we’ll manage somehow.. longer day tomorrow so an early start and a planned second breakfast!! Three days to go.[/p][p]16/06 Day 11 Orleton to Bristol. Left the rather quirky Ark Cottage in sunshine but showers soon turned to solid rain. Found a couple of club riders searching in vain for the pack and discussing who had gone wrong - saw them again later still on their own. Good coffee and brownies in Hereford after being soaked in the traffic queues. traversing towns and cities adds time and hassle - missing the Scottish open spaces even more.. Emigrating definitely an option..[/p][p] A good hard climb before Monmouth was rewarded with 2 miles without having to pedal! Coffee#1 for lunch - first coffee chain of the trip. Second breakfast again. [/p][p]Cliff repairs at Tinterne meant we missed the views of the Abbey and also the run down by the Wye. Having to climb out of the valley hadn’t be allowed for so we were immediately behind time and in need of fuel at Chepstow. It being Father’s Day Rachel treated me to a KitKat - it was red! [/p][p]Another closed bridge meant we crossed the Wye and Severn to the sound of the wind whistling in the cables - quite eerie. I knew the main road up from Easter Compton had a steep bit at the end but the ‘better by bike’ website suggested an alternative. You would have though we’d have learned by now. [/p][p]still we had a great welcome from Sheila and Debbie when we eventually got to the cribs causeway premier inn. Only a couple more miles than planned but with the total ascent way over 1100m it felt like a lot more. 4 days to go[/p][p]Tomorrow we ride to Bridgwater birthplace of a famous sailor and Admiral Blake. Shortest day of the trip and down to the Somerset levels - not expecting any hard climbs. Cornwall awaits😱😱😱😱..[/p][p]15/06 Day 10. Chester to Orleton, Ark Cottage. Out on the country lanes today, rain easing to sunshine by mid afternoon. Coffee in Hanmer and lunch courtesy of Percy Thrower garden centre..The roads were showing signs of the prolonged rain and there were floods down in the valley. One helpful farmer stuck out a sign ‘Mud on road’ that was useful as at least we then knew it was supposed to be a road! Sand in the brake discs made great grinding noises but it got washed out after a few 10m long flooded sections. We assumed the road continued under the water and rode through anyway. Another sign said ‘road liable to flooding but it was dry. Two fords in quick succession one wet one dry. Keeping off the A49 meant we were generally higher on the hills and the climbing came after lunch with several sharp gradients. Hot and sweaty climbs were followed by high speed and chilly descents. 70 plus miles knocked off the trip and only five days to go...[/p][p][br][/p][p]14/06 Day 09. Today’s word is puddles though it started with rain. The rain stopped by coffee break so shedding some layers and changing gloves helped the ride go more comfortably. Too good to last.. Preston was a nightmare with road closures and roadworks - lots of ambulances sirening about so some people were worse off than us. The council were trimming the hedges so Rachel picked up a puncture probably hawthorn related. Our road crew responded making the repairs much easier. They starred again by getting take out teas for us at a garden centre stop. We were much behind time now but having charged garmins and phones at the tea stop we headed for Chester. Over the Mersey ( bridge piccies) and the MSC (memories of the Aulica) and round the back of the chemical industry infrastructure. A section of gravel connected puddles and potholes held us up before giving way to pristine road. Very late into Premier Inn but good dinner with extra chips hopefully has set us up for another 70 miles tomorrow down to Ludlow [/p][p][br][/p][p]13/06 Day 08 today’s word was wet at least for the first half but it needs cold and windy to do it justice. today we cycled over Shap Fell on the A6. That is far easier said than done but gives a great sense of achievement at the top. We didn’t stay there long as exposure risk was high - just long enough for photos taken by roadie/ camera crew who arrived with impeccable timing and braved the wind chill for us. The fast descent was quite hairy with the cross winds and the disc brakes did overtime for us. In Kendal we had lunch in the Bristly Hog where a very kind customer -Sue- gave us a donation.We made it through Lancaster at rush hour and reached the rather isolated cottage - the rain stopped long enough to clean the chains before tea. Our hostess provided cookies and bubble bath as well as yet another kind donation.[/p][p] Halfway through! [/p][p]No internet so blog was done in arrears. Not a problem for me as no-one else reads it but Rachel’s audience were restless [/p][p]12/06 Day 07 just over 60 miles today pretty much due south to Penrith. Word of the day is probably ‘wind’ but ‘coffee’ comes a close second. Excellent second breakfast in ‘Just Be’ a cafe in Lockerbie while the bikes were guarded by concrete sheep! While in the cafe, Ian donated £10 to the charities as they struck a chord with his experience. He had done LEJOG in 2016 and told us of the cross winds he had on the run to Glasgow. True to form we had gusting crosswinds all the way to Penrith. Quick stop in Gretna for espresso and obligatory sign photos.. Good lunch in Carlisle - the loos were in a basement museum. Traffic gridlocked leaving Carlisle due to train issues. Made our run out quite clear as nobody was getting out of the centre easily. Unfortunately that included our valiant roadie who eventually made it to Penrith only just before us pedallists. All to be rewarded with a planned fish and chip supper tonight before another 60+ mile jaunt in the forecast downpour tomorrow. Expect word to be ‘wet’[/p][p]11/06 Day 6 another ‘rest day’ at 63 miles - longer than planned due to Openreach installing fast fibre. Still we had a varied selection of road surfaces ranging from velo smooth to “ I’d rather be walking”. Made good time overall despite a slow measured departure from Edinburgh. Interesting wind farms and forestry but definitely too much fast traffic. I wonder if emigrating to the Highlands is an option.[/p][p]back into England tomorrow - but I think we may well be back to Scotland next year on a sightseeing holiday[/p][p]10/06 Day 5 this counts as a rest day only 43 miles and Suffolk type total climb for the route. However it all seemed to be concentrated in one hill.! This was described as walking and cycling friendly which I took to mean all cyclists will become walkers as well on it. Found an excellent coffee shop in Kinross for recovery brownie and premium hand crafted coffee. The roaster was sat in the front of the shop and their roasts had quite interesting and not repeatable names.The run across the Forth Road Bridge was spectacular with the HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth - name assumed as I think we only have one aircraft carrier. Bridge porn piccies duly taken we negotiated the run into the hotel - shared cycle paths, gridlocked roundabouts and a seriously confused Garmin meant this was quite stressful. I miss the wilderness already but hopefully get some quieter roads tomorrow another rest day at 50 miles but a bit more planned climbing.[/p][p]word of the day is definitely sunshine [/p][p]09/06 Day 4. The longest planned ride day of the jogle but surprisingly seemed less tiring than yesterday. We reached the highest point on the trip as well though the cycle path either side was more suited to Rachel’s gravel bike than my road runner. Nothing fell off though my tyres gained a couple of hundred miles of wear in a dozen miles or so. May even need to swap to the new spares before jogle end. We also saw the highest point on British Rail network and a photo had to be taken for rail geeks of our acquaintance. Lots of great highland scenery gave way to rolling lush green fields as we came down to Perth. Crossing the Tay several times gave rise to thoughts of the great poet William McGonagall though luckily no one remembered the words to his poems.[/p][p]Word of the day seems to be rough as in surfaces![/p][p][br][/p][p]08/06 Day 3 - lots of up, actually more than yesterday’s ride with an extra 9 miles tacked on. Great scenery and no rain or major headwind. Aviemore very busy so resorted to Italian takeaway which was a excellent choice. Bikes secured with every lock and strop as the motel secure parking isn’t. Early start again tomorrow as we climb to the highest point on the Jogle with the longest miles too (87 - but who’s counting)... word of the day is ‘tired’. We also have more companions for the roadie as a bunch of garden gnomes have come on board.[/p][p]07/06 Day 2 - word of the day is up! Rachel’s blog details the engineering issues but let’s say it was a good day for losing bolts. Having climbed at least twice as far as I have ever done in a day I was feeling pleased but definitely tired. Training in Suffolk doesn’t really prepare one for this. Rachel tells me the word of the day for the next two days could be up! as well. Time for a non-alcohol Ghost Ship....[/p][p][br][/p][p]06/06 Day 1- word of the day is rain! Top end photos were rather moist but 47 wet miles later we are feeling much better. The very nice pub burger has much to do with that, washed down with Brewdog ‘nanny state’ low alcohol beer. I have decided to celebrate the finish in two weeks time with a decent thirst so going dry for the trip. Will blame any withdrawal symptoms on the cycling...[/p][p]05/06 Here we are in Thurso and starting the ride tomorrow. Already reconnoitred the three most northerly points (so no arguments after) and will visit all on the bike for day 1[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p]When Rachel went to Dounreay last year, little thought was given to what was to happen at the end of her year long posting. It wasn’t long however before the close proximity of John O'Groats suggested to the keen cyclist that it would be nice to take the long way home to Belper.[/p][p]The 1000 mile ride might be twice her 500 mile holiday ride in Thailand, but at least it would be a bit cooler and have less likelihood of her drinks being grabbed by passing monkeys! [/p][p]Dad, despite commuting by bike in Bristol for 20 years, had really only started cycling longer distances since he retired some five years ago. Having managed two centuries in Norfolk in 2017 and feeling that 50 – 70 miles were more suited to a man of his mature experience, he still hasn’t worked out why he agreed to go along. [/p][p]Sheila, the third and most important member of the team – roadie mum – decided that the lure of the Puffins demanded a Scottish holiday to start the adventure and so the JOGLE was started.[/p][p]As befits an ex NHS Manager Dad promptly delegated the project planning to Consulting Engineer Rachel who immediately started a spreadsheet!.[/p][p]A start date was chosen and the route planned with miles and climbs logged.[/p][p]Training began in earnest with flapjacks at the Inaspin Café [/p][p]We also decided to try and get some support for three Charities, chosen for specific reasons:-[/p][p]The MS Society - Andy's brother Nick is living with MS,[/p][p]MIND - because so many people need help especially the younger generations, and[/p][p]Macmillan Cancer support - Three out of four parents/in laws lost to cancer[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Jul 1, 2019

Gareth

Well done the pair of you ! The blog reads well too, each day sounds a bit of an epic ride on its own and shame on the road users in Cornwall. I'd like to think they were grockles and not locals as they would be used to the roads and traffic.

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Wow you made it! You should be proud Rachel.

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