Old Bloke On An Old Bike

The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society

23 Jun 2016: Stage 12 completed

The longest stage yet – 71 miles across the Scottish border to Innerleithen in the Tweed valley. Plenty of climbing (over 1500 metres) and some scary descending (max speed 35mph, … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

22 Jun 2016: Stage 11 complete

A very good day – much better than I feared. It started with yet another flat tyre, but my hosts at the Ghyll Beck B&B were really kind and drove … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

21 Jun 2016: Stage 10 completed

Started the day by visiting the Ellis Briggs shop to get some new inner tubes. I love the “Aladdin’s cave” nature of good bike shops. Here’s the bike back where … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

20 Jun 2016: rain, rain, rain…

Please stop raining! It’s 8.54, I’ve delayed my start to Shipley in the hope of avoiding the worst of the rain and rush hour traffic, but I’ll need to go … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · 4 Comments

19 Jun 2016: Stage 8 completed

I took my leave of a big family gathering in Stone and set off for Dore, where I’m staying with friends Allan and Monica. It’s been a hard day with … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

18 Jun 2016: The first week done

Despite the rainy start, a lovely 55 mile ride through Shropshire to Stone in Staffordshire. I was vainly trying to remember the famous lines from Houseman’s A Shropshire Lad. Anyway, … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

17 Jun 2016: The kindness of strangers

One of the most interesting aspects of the ride so far has been the friendly and kind reception I’ve had from everyone I’ve met and chatted to. A good example … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

17 Jun 2016: What state are we in?

(1) Progress is on schedule: today’s 50 miles takes the total to 336 – a third of the total. (2) Fundraising is going well: £2,448.15 so far – amazing generosity … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

17 Jun 2016: Stage 6 complete

Lovely 50-mile ride from Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire to Craven Arms in Shropshire. I often forget how beautiful this country is. I love Arts & Crafts architecture, so I made a … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

16 Jun 2016: Stage 5 completed

Continuing alone, I managed to dodge the thunderstorms and cover the 65 miles to Ross-on-Wye without further problems. It was really beautiful, the route passing through 4 counties: Somerset, Gloucestershire, … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · Leave a comment