>Well done. What was your favourite bit of the country?
There wasn't one specific place. I loved the friendliness of
the highlands, the atmosphere of Rannoch Moor, the
tranquility of Alston Moor, the splendour of Clifton, the
descent into Chapel-en-le-Frith, the relaxedness of
Glastonbury, the effortlessness of Tissington to
I could go on. Almost everywhere had something that will
stick in my memory forever. Very few places gave me a
negative feeling (Camborne I found was a very depressing
"hole" but it *was* Sunday). Helmsdale YHA had a
particularly memorable moment but that is totally beyond the
scope of a cycling newsgroup ;-)
For me it was a no-rush journey with the emphasis on seeking
out, exploring and enjoying new places, rather than rushing
to impress my friends with some phenomenal average speed. I
did rush a little towards the very end but that was oddly
due to the fact that I was getting tired.
I would love to return to Scotland again, especially the
highlands, but I would also love to explore southern
It was great to escape the noise of Birmingham City and be
alone with the natural world which I know very little about.
I don't know one bird from another, or one tree from
another, but I still enjoyed admiring and studying them.
I think I would have been just as happy doing it on foot.
I found that writing my journal each night provided me with
the focus needed to get motivated on a couple of occasions.
I took in excess of 800 photographs, a very small selection
of which will take a place in my journal.