Just been adding some route maps to my 2003 Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG as it's rather sweetly abbreviated) blog and it occurred to me that the route, which I took many months to plan, was pretty useless!
I went through Avonmouth, surely one of the worst places to cycle in Britain, when I could have gone via Bristol, I road through Widnes and Runcorn, along dual carriageways and past chemical works, and I went a long way West in Scotland.
So I thought, with the idea of riding it again, what is THE best route to take?
When I was planning 6 years ago, I started with a guide which was full of hand-drawn illustrations and mainly following B roads. A lot of that went straight out of the window as soon as I was cycling along, knackered, and realised there was a far more direct A road. And I did everything I could to avoid hills, as well as hugging the coast as often as I could.
While there can't be one perfect route to suit everyone, there must a route that balances speed with beauty, directness without dual carriageways and coasts without too many hills.
Anyone have any suggestions?
If you want to take a look at my original route, just click on Land's End to John O'Groats in the 'label cloud' to the right