This is the completed version of the previous more concise thread which was composed on-route as the trip unfolded.
The seeds for this trip were sown during the early months of 2009 when I’d about completed all the mods on my Scrambler which I’d initially intended.
I wanted to do something memorable, but stay within the constraints of the British Isles.
The obvious long journey is to go from Lands End to John O’Groats, but to add a (much longer) twist I thought I’d include the outer coastline of Ireland in there too!!
The main plan of the trip was in fact to have as little a plan as necessary!
The only real deadlines or schedules I’d have to meet would be the ferries to and from Ireland.
Other than that the intention was to see where I ended up each day and to plan the daily route as time, weather and riding conditions allowed.
As it transpired I managed to luckily choose the week of the best UK weather of the year so far, and only had 1 day on which it rained!!
Lucky or what!!
This was the eventual route I took..................
(The yellow trace is my Lands End to John O’Groats route, the blue is how I got to the start and got back from the finish, to/from home)
I set off from home on Sunday 24th May and headed the 400 miles south to stay overnight a few miles from Lands End in the small town of St Just-in-Penwith.
Next morning was an early start as I knew I needed to get to the ferry to Ireland at 6:30pm that evening from Fishguard at the tip of South Wales and had a 400 mile run to get there, avoiding any motorways as much as I could.
I met up with AndyB on his Harley for the start and had a very enjoyable run into Devon with him.
A few photo’s of the start........................
Scram and AndyB’s Harley (sorry, no photo of Andy for some reason!?)
Lands End itself........
And me!! All ready to roll!!...........