Overall I enjoyed my trip. There are a lot more ups than downs.
I found it harder psychologically than I did physically and probably could have put in some longer days if I'd been motivated to.
It's a mind game.
Cornwall & Devon were definitely the most challenging part of the ride.
They are the hilliest, and the easiest to get lost in. Once that was over I had 3 days of pretty flat riding.
The Midlands were somewhere to pass through quickly, and I was glad to cross the border into Scotland,
but it was already getting colder. I found the heat in the first week or so to be fine -
although I had to drink more I didn't have trouble getting cold from sweat - in fact I got hotter if I stopped!
It was more difficult to control my temperature in Scotland.
Finishing was strangely anti-climatic. The 30-odd miles were my fastest, despite having to wait for Ruth to overtake me.
I sprinted into John O'Groat's and up to the signpost. Ruth & the girls were there, and I was happy to have finished, but not elated.
Maybe it's because JOG is so disappointing in itself (how many Germans have driven all the way to find this out?).
Funny that, not being exhilarated at finishing. I'd grown used to being on the bike every day, and do miss it in some ways.
It felt free and unfettered, and even on busy roads felt calm. It was relaxing and a great way to forget the last year at school.
I don't think I thought about work during the ride at all.
Would I do it again? Maybe, but in a different way, fully loaded, perhaps with the whole family, taking longer.
But that's a few years away.