Tomorrow evening I will be hopping on a train to Cornwall with my wife and two bicycles.
Laura and I will then take a ferry to the Isles of Scilly where we’ll start cycling vaguely north east via Land’s End all the way up to the Shetland Islands via John O’Groats and the Orkneys.
During the ride we will be adhering to Next Challenge “house style”, which roughly means:
- Carrying tent and stove but welcoming floor space and hot meals when offered;
- Not having planned very much but keeping it simple so we don’t need to;
- Not trying to set any speed/distance records but no doubt finding ourselves racing against a clock at some point;
- Blogging and Tweeting as we go.
We will be completing our trip in two legs:
- Cycle England – from the Scillies to Carlisle, starting tomorrow.
- Cycle Scotland – from Carlisle up to the Shetlands. We’ll do this at the end of May after launching my book.
The new addition for this trip is a bit of technology called Punkt. It’s a system that makes it easy to take photos, write blog posts and send messages which get automatically plotted onto a nice map. For an example of how it works, check out Rob Lilwall and Leon McCarron’s current trip: Walking Home from Mongolia.
The company who make Punkt – Luxson – have sent me an iPhone to test it out as a potentially useful tool for expeditions. By the time we head back to Carlisle next month, I should be able to try the Android version of the app. Feedback welcomed.
Post script (May 2021): This trip was never completed as Tim got sick. However, nine years later, we set off for Shetland to finish what we started. Read here.