I DID IT! I cycled the length of the country! I actually can't quite believe it myself so this picture is mostly here to remind me it really happened. (& I swear this will be the last cycling post...well, for now anyway. Because I know you guys want food. You didn't sign up for this 2-wheel nonsense! But just indulge me for a minute won't you?).
So this is me celebrating at John O'Groats. Over 1000 miles away from where I started my journey just 3 weeks before down at Land's End in Cornwall. In that time I climbed up hills the equivalent elevation of two Mount Everests! I was out cycling for over 8 hours most days, braving the elements & sleeping in tents most nights. So it wasn't EXACTLY easy especially for someone who up until quite recently was just a commuter cyclist but (& I know this sounds completely mad) I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.
I stumbled onto this trip hoping to learn a bit about the land & farms & to see how far I could take this cycling malarky. But over those 3 weeks, I gained so much more. I learnt things I never expected to. From the big life lessons about my own resilience right down to which types of songs it's easier to parody with cycling related lyrics. I developed a real deep seated passion for this country (it's bloody beautiful!). I learnt how much healthier you feel after spending time outside with the wind bashing against your face (looking at it from behind a window doesn't even begin to compare!). And they all sort of fell into place behind the scenes while I was busy spending my days cackling with laughter amongst strangers who very quickly became great friends.
So if you get the opportunity, grab it with both hands & get out there!
.1. The final destination, John O'Groats
2. Some of the wonderful team of cyclists who joined me on this incredible @brakethecycle adventure (thank you team!😘)
3. A totally staged photo of me not really cycling at all (my foot is on the ground) in Kendal
And if you're interested in a cycling adventure with a sustainable twist, look no further than @brakethecycle. It's run by a small team of friends who are interested in sustainability. Oh & cycling of course!