I’ve always held the view that riding on one’s own was tedious and boring. 

My solo charity ride in 2014 was a case in point, although, to be fair, it had a lot to do with the foul weather and it turned out to be an endurance test, rather than a pleasurable experience. 

Over my many years of a motorbiking, I’ve ventured out with a mixed bag of bikers and I’ve always enjoyed their company, but this current biking year has convinced me that riding solo, is perhaps, for me, the best way forward. 

When I go out on my bike, I do not wish to race ahead of the pack and get to the destination first.

For me, it’s all about the pure enjoyment of the ride and the journey. I want to connect with mother nature, stop at the top of a hill, look across the valley, admire the scenery, breathe in the clean, unpolluted air, be free to occasionally stop by the roadside, perhaps to chat to other bikers who may have broken down or just to exchange experiences and share stories. I want to feel the exhilaration of total freedom and to be alone with my own thoughts and dreams.

I have no desire to race, knee down, arse off the seat, attack hills and bends to prove my superiority over other bikers. There’s a place for those displays of bravado. That’s at the race track.

My last outing to the Lake District convinced me that I am right. If I hadn’t been obliged to stop for water breaks, my companion would have plowed ahead without a rest. When we eventually stopped, after two hours or so, it was at a petrol station and I had missed out on the beauty of Cumbria!

I’m undertaking another charity ride in aid of Prostate Cancer UK this summer. Yes, I would like to think that a few bikers, who share my preferences and ideals, might join me, but I think that I will inevitably end up doing it ‘Solo’ again as I did in 2014. I only hope that the weather will be better this time around.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a healthy relationship with a few select mates, with whom I enjoy going out, but in the main, I enjoy riding solo the most.

Despite all that's been said, I enjoy riding with other sane riders.

If you share my views, please join me in my third journey this July 2018.

The ride is now set for the 13th August.

I don't know how long it will take me, but I'm hoping 7 days max. You can track my progress on 07582488080

You can donate directly on www.justgiving.com/pccharityride2014

Thank you for all your support.

Stage 2

Outward Journey

Normanton to Land’s End Visitors Centre

https://goo.gl/maps/Crr9KbtvtGm

Return Journey

https://goo.gl/maps/VnFjNHRvRA42

To reiterate that the date has not yet been fixed.

Ideally I would like to do it in May, but it will be subject to the vagaries of the weather. So, as soon as I get an all clear from the weather people, I'll be off.

Cheers. 

JOHN O'GROATS TO LAND'S END CHARITY RIDE 2016 IN AID OF PROSTATE CANCER UK

This year's Charity Ride will be in 2 stages. 

Stage 1

Yorkshire to John O'Groats and Back to Yorkshire

Stage 2

Yorkshire to Land's End and Back to Yorkshire

Likely to be in May/June because I'm planning to be in Spain &France in July/August. Hoping that the weather in May/June will be favourable. 

ANYBODY WELCOMED TO JOIN ME ON MY WAY TO JOHN O'GROATS.

STAGE 1

OUTWARD JOURNEY

Yorkshire (Departing from SQUIRES CAFE - Sherburn-in-Elmet) - John O'Groats

Link Below

https://goo.gl/maps/mh92KN3krPt

RETURN Journey 

John'O'Groats to Yorkshire

Link Below

https://goo.gl/maps/xBzQHje9wF32

You will notice that I'm pushing past John O'Groats to Dunnet Head which actually is the farthest northern point in the UK. Apparently the beach is stunning. We'll just have to wait and see.

As you know the 2015 ride did not happen, due to lack of sponsorships.

2016 is another year and I have made a commitment to do this again, no matter what.

I'm looking at the months of May or June.

I have no wish to do this again in wet, windy and hazardous conditions and will await the most appropriate weather forecast to set off, again from Squires Cafe.

This time, the journey will be split into 2 stages.

Stage 1

Yorks - John O'Groats and back to Yorks.

Stage 2

Yorkshire - Land's End and back to Yorks

Details to follow as soon as possible.

I look forward to your continuing support.

WATCH THIS SPACE.

JOIN THE FIGHT 

GET INVOLVED 

My best Regards

Roger

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