A question that often raises eyebrows when I tell my LEJOG story is “Did you ride it alone?”
The answer is always yes! I did cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats on my own!
The most common reply is wow, did you not get lonely?
Did I get lonely? No, I didn’t
When I started planning my bikepacking adventure in January 2022 it was always my aim to cycle End to End on my own. I craved the freedom that this would give and looked forward to what I would encounter each day. While cycling such a distance alone may cause anxiety in some, for me it was a chance to break free and really get out of my comfort zone.
Solo cycling refers to the act of cycling alone, without the company of others. It can be done for various reasons, including for exercise, enjoyment, transportation, or as a personal challenge.
Solo cycling can be a very rewarding experience, allowing the cyclist to explore new routes and destinations at their own pace and on their own schedule. It can also provide a sense of independence and freedom, as the cyclist is not dependent on others for direction or motivation.
However, solo cycling also carries certain risks and challenges that cyclists should be aware of. These include the risk of accidents or injury, especially when cycling on busy roads or in unfamiliar terrain. Cyclists should always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet and reflective clothing, and follow traffic laws and regulations to reduce the risk of accidents.
Other challenges of solo cycling include dealing with equipment malfunctions, getting lost, or encountering unexpected weather conditions. Cyclists should carry essential tools and supplies, such as spare tubes, a pump, a multi-tool, and adequate food and water, and should plan their routes carefully, taking into account weather conditions and terrain.
Overall, solo cycling can be a rewarding and enjoyable activity, but it is important to take appropriate precautions and plan carefully to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience