Bored of constantly going abroad for holidays, and then realising how little he knew about the British countryside, Sean decided to take a month off work, buy a bike, and do the epic Land's End to John O'Groats, solo and unsupported. What followed was one of the most adventurous months of his life as he faced cold nights, rainy days and a lot of time on his own.
“If I had not done this ride then I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. Every adventure cyclist needs to cycle around Britain. There is just so much to experience.”
Now that I have got that plug out the way I just wanted to write a bit about why I wanted to share my adventure.
LEJOG is a very busy highway for various forms of adventures. Whether it be walking, skateboarding, (Yes my mate Dave has done that. Hardcore!) driving or cycling, about 3000+ people do it every year. There are just as many books about this ride too. It's almost impossible to find a unique angle on writing about a trip that so many people have done. The best book so far has to be Free Country by George Mahood - read it.
Anyway, I didn't want to write just another book for the sake of boosting my ego, (Which is probably why I have left if for so long) but then a few months ago I read an article about how many people go away to France to cycle. It annoyed me that people go abroad for adventure rides when they haven't even explored their own country. Yes, France is amazing, I cant argue with that, but so is cycling around Britain. This then made me look back on my LEJOG journal and after revisiting all those cold nights, wet days, and the great adventure I had, I decided to write about it all.
So here it is. 46,000 words about spending a month alone cycling around the UK. It was cold, it was wet, and I talked to a toy a lot, but I LOVED the adventure and didn't want it to end.
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