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The Journal

May 2, 2012

March 2012

Motolug Limited, manufacturers of collapsible motorcycle trailers have kindly agreed to lend us one of their two-bike models for our ride.  This is excellent news as it will mean that Sylvia will not have the problem of towing an empty trailer, not the easiest thing to do with limited rear visibility.

April 2012

The two Ariels on display on the Ariel Arrow and Leader Club stand at the recent Classic Motorcycle  Show at Stafford.  Despite the awful weather there was a pretty good turnout and for us it was an ideal opportunity to promote our upcoming charity ride.

May 2012

Out for a photoshoot –  the photographer is our son, Chris.

The full set of Chris’ pictures can be seen at:


To date we have received £225.00 in sponsorship for our ride, this is excellent and our thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

22nd May 2012

Motodirect, manufactuers and distributers of quality motorcycle clothing and equipment have very generously agreed to supply all the two-stroke oil for our trip.  This is fantastic news and our thanks go to Stuart Millington and Terry Birtles of Motodirect.  The oil they are supplying is  MOTUL 710 2t FULLY SYNTHETIC which is 100% synthetic lubricant based on Ester-Technology. Specially designed for 2 stroke bike engines with premix or injector lube system, operating at high revs and under high load. Very high lubricating properties decrease friction and wear improves power output.

With all this quality oil the Ariels will think its Christmas!

6th July 2012

Preparations now well under way; the Ariels are primed all ready to go, Motolug have despatched the trailer – we just need the weather to show some signs of improvement otherwise it could be a long wet ride. Knowing that punctures occur more frequently on wet roads we’ve taken the precaution of treating the tyres with ‘Gloop’ puncture preventative and hope it’s as good as it says on the tin!

Fundraising for the NSPCC  now stands at £499.50 and this means we’re almost half way to our target figure of £1,000.  A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

10th July 2012

The trailer arrived yesterday and it’s now assembled and ready to go. We’re planning to leave for Land’s End on Thursday and all being well start the trip early on Saturday morning.  As Michael is a reporter for Motorcycle News he is going to write a feature on the trip to be published later.  In the meantime keep on eye on the MCN website for an introductory video.

Fundraising for the NSPCC is now at £544.50 and it would be great if we could reach our target of £1,000.  If you would like to make a donation  this can be done via or alternatively via Vodafone Just Text Giving by texting NCTH 85 plus the amount to 70070.  Once again our thanks for the donations received so far.

11th July 2012

Introductory video now showing on YouTube –

18th July 2012

We had hoped to have been arriving at John O’Groats sometime today but due to completely unforeseen circumstances we had to call a halt to the trip.  Day1 (Saturday) went very well, no problems or rain and we rode, as planned, from Land’s End to Burnham-on-Sea (approx 200 miles).  However, the following morning Michael received a call from his wife to say that their 4 year old daughter had been taken ill and was in hospital.  Michael returned home immediately riding the Ariel Arrow 130 miles from just south of Bristol to Hertfordshire.  Sylvia and I decided to continue our Day 2 route to Tarporley in Cheshire but it was a very difficult day as we were concerned about our granddaughter.  That evening after speaking to Michael we made the decision to abort the trip for the timebeing.  We are fully committed to completing the planned ride from where we left off and very much hope that we will be able to do so late August/early September.

29th July 2012

Our fundraising for the NSPCC continues and now stands at £588.50.  At the moment we plan to continue our Land’s End to John O’Groats trip at the beginning of September.

17th September 2012

We had hoped to have completed our trip by now but unfortunately due to Michael’s demanding work commitments and a protracted and complicated house move- all still ongoing- this has not been possible.  I did consider completing the journey alone but Michael is very keen to do it with me.  Therefore unless his circumstances change in the near future we have no option but to postpone the trip until next Spring.  We are all very disappointed that we haven’t been able to complete our Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge as yet but remain committed to doing so as soon as possible.  We  are of course aware that many people have made a donation for the NSPCC but if anyone is concerned that we haven’t yet completed the trip and wish to have their money returned please email me at:   All money received so far has been forwarded to the NSPCC.


Who Are We..

May 2, 2012


I’ve had a life long passion for motorcycles buying my first bike, a 250cc Francis Barnett at the age of sixteen.  Since that time I’ve never been without a bike.  I’m also an enthusiastic motorcycle race fan and enjoy watching racing whether it’s trackside or on the box.

In recent years I’ve developed an interest in classic motorcycles as well and I’m looking forward to putting the Ariels through their paces on the run from Land’s End to John O’Groats.


Motorcycle New’s World SuperBike Reporter, road tester, off road and adventure rider.  My interest in motorcycles began when at the age of ten I started riding trials and I’ve been an enthusiastic motorcyclist  ever since.

I’m usually riding modern motorcycles but I’m looking forward to the challenge of riding the Arrow, a bike with a few less bhp and questionable brakes!



With a husband and two sons all passionate about motorcycles I had no option but to join them as race fan and pillion rider.  For our Top2Toe2 jaunt I will again be driving our campervan and providing bed, breakfast and a bit of moral support.

I’m also a freelance travel writer so I’ll be keeping a journal of the whole trip.

The Route

April 26, 2012

As our aim is to complete the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in five days, we have divided the route into five sections. We have also planned a route that avoids all motorways, except that is for the short stretch of the M48 that crosses the River Severn at Chepstow.

Day 1 – Saturday 14th July 2012

Land’s End to Burnham-on-Sea approx 190 miles

From Lands’ End join A30 north via Penzance, Camborne, Three Burrows and Summercourt. At St Dennis turn towards Newquay then join A39 to Wadebridge. Stay on A39 via Camelford, Bude, Clovelly, Northam to Barnstaple. Continue on A39 via Lynton/Lynmouth, Minehead, Williton to Bridgewater. At Bridgewater on to A38 towards Highbridge then pick up B3141 into Burnham on Sea.

Day 2 – Sunday 15th July 2012

Burnham-on-Sea to Tarporley approx 167 miles

From Burnham on Sea rejoin A38 towards Bristol via Rooks Bridge, Axbridge, Bristol International Airport then on to A4 to Avonmouth. Follow A403 northwards to Severn Bridge (M48). Cross bridge. At Chepstow take B4293 to Monmouth via New Inn, Trelleck then join A49 through Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch to Tarporley.

Day 3

Tarporley to Langholm approx 182 miles

From Tarporley continue on A49 through Warrington, Ashton-in-Makerfield and Wigan to Preston. Join A6 through Garstang, Lancaster and Carnforth. At junction with A590 on to A591 towards Kendal. Rejoin A6 to Penrith and Carlisle then join A7 to Langholm.

Day 4

Langholm to Fort William approx 198 miles

Continue on A7 via Hawick, Galashiels, Bonnyrigg then take A720 Edinburgh Ring Road and follow to Forth Road Bridge. Other side of Bridge take A823 to Dunfermline, A907 to Clackmannan, Alloa and at Bridge of Allan join A9. At Dunblane A820 to Doune and A84 to Callander then A85 to Crianlarich to join A82 north to Glen Coe and Fort William.

Day 5

Fort William to John O’Groats approx 185 miles

From Fort William continue on A82 to Inverness

(OR alternative route –At Spean Bridge take A86 to Kingussie then join A9 to Inverness via Aviemore.)

At Inverness stay on A9 to Latheron then A99 to John O’Groats.