Since writing my last post, Sabbatical starting to firm up, more progress has been made. I am now hopeful that I can go straight from The Welsh Ride Thing event to an 8 day Individually Guided Retreat at St Beuno’s. All good. So I have continued to play with setting up my cycle routes.
These are by no means final. So far I have done almost no tweaking of the routes from what Strava suggests. Note that Strava can’t cope with ferry crossings which is why the route is subdivided when I go onto Arran (to avoid busy roads and because it was so beautiful when I rode LEJoG) and Mull (to get to Iona). My plan is not to have many fixed points en-route for sleeping but to be more flexible than planning around campsites. None of the sections are so long that they it is worth the complications of routing via campsites. Instead I’ll stop when it seems to fit. I can wild camp when needed and by not using campsites that much I can use a hotel or B&B occasionally and still save money.
So here is the plan:
- Route 1: Syston to Bristol 135 miles 3 days
- Pause 1: Bespoked: The UK Handmade Bicycle Show.
- Route 2: Bristol to Cardiff (roundabout) 76 miles 3 days
- Pause 2: Time with family including grandson
- Route 3: Cardiff to The Welsh Ride Thing 97 miles 3 days
- Pause 3: Do The Welsh Ride Thing
- Ride 4: The Welsh Ride Thing to St Beuno’s 68 miles 2 half days
- Pause 4: An 8 day individually guided retreat
- Ride 5: St Beuno’s to Syston 150 miles 2 days
- Route 6: Syston to Arran 325 miles 5 days
- Route 7: Arran min 15 miles but might go more 1 day
- Route 8: Arran to Oban 61 miles 1 day
- Route 9: Mull 35 miles 1 day
- Pause 5: A Week at Iona Abbey
- Route 10: Mull 35 miles 1 day
- Route 11: Oban to Lindisfarne 221 miles 4 days (pausing for coffee and biscuits at Shand Cycles on the way)
- Pause 6: A week at Lindisfarne
- Route 12: Lindisfarne to Syston 279 miles 5 days (one night with family near Leeds)
Total 1,497 miles plus whatever I do during 3 days of The Welsh Ride Thing