Dodging Roger and other animals,
This review is from: Pedals, Panniers and Punctures (CD-ROM)
I chose this title in view of the author's avoidance of mobile communication with her husband Roger.Also her near miss collision with some unfortunate sheep. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed her account of the LEJOG, holding many memories for me having completed most of it, without backup and,unlike Julia, in one go.Due to a horrendous ankle injury caused by my metal pedals, I made it as far as Edinburgh, thus missing out on the thrill of arriving in John O'Groats. I envied her the welcoming committee at the end.
Apart from her dubious daily diet of starch, chocolate and crisps,with no mention of fruit and vegetables; perhaps because Lancastrians eat this way,I found her account of the ride to be full of interesting detail, no mean feat, to encompass so much information packed into each day.The route she chose to follow was similar to my own route of following the sustrans cycle paths which direct the cyclist through the most scenic and car free paths available. Although this choice is not for those in a hurry, and as a result, reveal the hidden byways of Britain unrevealed to the average motorist.
The wildlife is abundant, although not always visible, as Julia realised on her journey. Nevertheless, those she encountered, she described with delightful detail.
Finally, as a real LEJOG, to be completed in one go, it did not stand up to the exitement of being on the road from Cornwall to the end of Scotland, and the sense of awe and accomplishment of completion. Doing it in sections over many months and returning to the last town for the next section,.....well it just isn't the same thrill factor.It just cannot compare.