Jogle - Day 5

June 08, 2010

Really sorry but this is going to be very brief - its now 11.45 p.m., we left Barrhead, just to the south of Glasgow at 8.30 this morning and arrived here after 117 miles at 8.20.

All feeling seriously drained and we have another 100 + miles to do tomorrow down to Standish. I know that we are all reasonably fit and I know that we all enjoy cycling but this is crossing the line.

Stopping with Laurie and Jenny Scott tonight and have just enjoyed a wonderful supper prepared by Jenny, before Laurie leaves the Gang of Four to become The Big Three. So long Laurie, its been great to have you riding with us - we shall miss you.

Weather this morning was miserable which made the first couple of hours or so really grim - for several miles the A76 is like a very narrow motorway so fortunately we found a decent diversion and came off but it was quite frightening at times.

Highlights of the day - Suzy trying to get someone to download her pics onto a USB stick and eventually being directed toward 83 year old Eric who runs a pet shop in Sanquhar and who did the job for her no problem.

Me besting Greavsie up the only King of the Mountains climb of the day - he nearly had me when he came back after the original "false flat" but I saw him off like a good'un

The Uplawmoor Hotel contributing £25.00 to Greavsie's charity campaign, completely unsolicited at breakfast time this morning. I have not been raising money for charity this time around as I felt that I had asked friends to dip into their pockets a little too often but, to be honest this is the hardest ride that I have ever done and makes recent sponsored rides look like a walk in the park. Ian's charities are all incredibly good causes - if you feel that you would like to make a contibution the links are below. Please be aware that we are funding the whole trip personally so anything you give will go to the charities.

Daily Stats

Miles                                                                                          116.8

Calories burnt                                                                           3052

Top Speed                                                                                  35.2 (Greavsie - sheep impeded)

King of the Mountains                                                               Connolly

Feet climbed                                                                               2404 (it seemed like more)

Av Speed                                                                                     13 mph - yes I know that it's pathetic but this is hard.

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