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A sensible way to do the Lands End to John O'Groats journey
on 9 June 2012
There are plenty of books written about long distance cycle rides in the UK, usually Lands End to John O'Groats or a complete circumvention of the coast. Invariably these are penned by serious cyclists who also seem to take themselves very seriously. This book is different because whilst the writer, Ellie Bennett, likes to cycle she is no bike nut and rides an old well used Dawes bicycle rather than a sleek new touring model. Her attitude towards her journey from Lands End to John O'Groats is relaxed too. Whilst she is aware that a seasoned cyclist could travel the length of the UK in little over a week (or less) she is quite content to take her time allowing three or four weeks to complete the ride. She could have done it much faster but she and her cycling partner, Mick, make sure they get their priorities right. This meant that they always found time to check out any local landmarks, make sure that their food intake was always maintained and, most importantly, track down decent pubs to sample any interesting real ales.
The resultant book is a fun yet informative read. Ellie Bennett is clearly not the best travel writer you will find as her prose is sometimes a little awkward, but she writes with such enthusiasm that she is able to convey the many ups and downs that they encountered during their bike ride. You are able to imagine exactly how she feels when, with the wind and rain blowing in her face and the prospect of a steep climb in front of her, she sometimes wonders just why she is making this journey in the first place. Similarly you can feel her pleasure when relaxing after a difficult day or enjoying a pint of tasty beer in a pleasant pub.
All in all this is a good, entertaining book that made me consider undertaking a similar journey, only with more pubs and less miles....