Last year I guided the first half of this epic journey, now the time had come for me to complete it.
This trip had another element to it: all participants were completing the challenge in order to raise money for Sustrans.
Below is a brief series of my photographs; if you want a more detailed account of the journey, I can recommend having a look over at my co-guide Jayne’s blog.
Lining up at Land’s End for the traditional photos and rolling out past St Michael’s Mount in beautiful sun was contrasted wonderfully by the slightly damp second day of riding.
Working our way up through England (and briefly Wales), we passed several iconic buildings and structures from across the ages.
The landscape varied from sharp coastal hills to flat plains to more undulating terrain. I was naturally excited to reach the stages local to me, through the Forest of Bowland and into Cumbria, where markedly more contours were encountered.
Crossing the border into Scotland (or was that Tibet?) gave way to more expansive scenes, fewer cars and wonderful cycling.
Heading further north, the country increasingly opened itself up, offering majestic vistas before us.
Seeing all the riders reach the end, I was really happy to have helped them on the way to their amazing achievement. I can’t remember the last time I rode 16 days back to back!
The story shouldn’t end without a mention of how great it was to meet various supporters of the group along the way, from waving off to supplying coffee and cake!