Saturday, July 16, 2005
I'm not sure of the exact start date of my next job, so I thought it better to do something constructive rather than kick my heals around in Cardiff. I also wish to escape:
The disrespectful youths who swear at me and snap tree saplings in the park
The Harry Potter and Big Brother crazed masses
People who want to blow themselves and others up
Flocks of seagulls mobbing passers by
Men in football shirts who ride stolen bicycles the wrong way down dual carriage ways before hurling them at the pavement and jumping on buses (Cardiff does have an integrated transport infrastructure - steal a bike and chase after a bus until it stops for you - discard the bike to allow someone else to use it)
Groups of French exchange students
Ants that have invaded my room
- Spitting. (how long has this been a publicaly acceptable behaviour? This change in seems to have passed me by.)
I'm taking a trip on a bike from John O Groats back towards Cardiff. Not sure how far I'll get before I either get tired, bored, or am needed to start the job. I have a return train ticket to Inverness though, so theoretically can duck out at any time.
I'm not sure of the route I'll take yet, but plan to follow the Sustrans routes as far as possible. That should take me from John O Groats along the North coast, then down to Inverness; along Loch Ness to Fort William; then somehow onto Glasgow. If I have time then I'd like to ride into North Wales and take the Sustrans route 8: Lon Las Cymru (North and South) to get back to Cardiff.
I plan to stay in hostels where possible and B&Bs where not. Unfortunately this hostel seems to be booked up for the night I would need it.
Here are some links to information about people's trips from Land's End to JOG (most people seem to ride the route in this direction).