Dave Barter’s LEJOG journey in 2001. Dave’s site also has a host of other cycle related blogs and articles. Well worth a read.
20 years ago at the age of fifteen my parents bought me my first “proper” road bike for my birthday. A Raleigh Carlton, I’ll never forget it, red, light, fast … I loved that bike. It was stolen from my Halls of Residence in London five years later and if I’d felt like I feel about cycling today I would have remembered the sense of loss. Truth is, 15 years ago I didn’t care. However, 20 years ago I was an avid reader of “Bicycle” magazine, I loved the articles about cycle touring, new bike components and all of the latest gear. Most of all I remember reading about the “Great British Bicycle Ride – Lands End to John O’Groats” I always wondered whether I could make that ride.