12. It’s like Christmas!

LEJoG Day 12 – arriving in John o’Groats

It’s actually quite hard to describe the emotions that you go through after completing a physical, mental and emotional challenge of this scale. We aren’t the first or the last to do LEJoG and, of course, there are bigger challenges – but for Andy, Jonathan and I this was the toughest, most demanding and intense experience we have ever been through.

This is a rollercoaster of mixed emotions.

We are sad that this journey is complete and relieved that the adventure is over.

We are delighted to be off the bike and wondering about how soon it will be before we are desperate to be back on the bike.

And most importantly, we are sad to be saying goodbye to all of our great new people we’ve met (that hopefully we will ride with again) – and elated about getting back to our families and friends.

This is the feeling you get when you were a child and spent months thinking about Christmas, your presents, your Christmas dinner – and then it’s all over in an instant!

The day actually starting quite slowly with breakfast in the two separate hotels that the group was using and then we headed off for the last 30 miles.

A detour took us to the spectacular Dunnets Head which is actually the most northerly point in Mainland Britain (as you can see from the map below):

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Then it was on for the final 12 miles to John o’Groats …. in the beautiful September sunshine!

And this is what finishing Lands End to John o’Groats feels like:

Then, in true Oblivion style, we drank champagne out of our cycling drink bottles – Perfectly synced with the Oblivion Tour motto: “Whatever you do , do it with style!”

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So, here we are, in the bar nursing our refreshing beers, our fantastic memories and our mixed emotions.

Will we do it again … no!

Would we encourage you to do it …. absolutely!

This has been a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is another item ticked off the bucket list.

After 12 months of preparation and 12 days of hard cycling, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about our next ‘christmas’ … Ring of Kerry, here we come ….. !!!!

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Day 12 Synposis:

Distance: 27.9 miles

Time – Cycling: 1 hours 56 mins

Speed – Average: 14.5mph  Max: 27.1mph

Amount of climbing: 1,280ft

If you want to see a fly-through of our route (and some photos), click here: LEJoG Day 12 The Finale

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