by Ted Lawson
My journey started in September 2012. I had a Honda Goldwing which I thought would be an ideal touring bike, so my partner and I decided to try the trip from Land’s End to John o’ Groats. We rode from London to Land’s End via the A303 and on return we stayed in the Jamaica Inn for the night. Then we went on to Wales, and camped in north Wales. The next leg was the lake district, and we stayed at a campsite in Keswick, a beautiful place next to the lake.
From there, it was up to Scotland the next day, and we rode to the Highlands via the Erskine bridge, through Glencoe to Roybridge. We stayed the night in the Roybridge Hotel, and the next day we were off to John o’ Groats, past Loch Ness, onto the A9, up to our goal. Unfortunately, we never made it past a place called The Mound near Brora. Something happened to the rear of the bike as I was overtaking: it started swerving violently and I lost control . My partner was airlifted to hospital, unconscious, and I went by ambulance. She had broken both wrists, and I’d broken one of mine, with heavy grazing on my back and stomach. We both healed up, but spent a few months in plaster with family looking after us.
The damaged Goldwing
This time I travelled up the east side on the A1 toward Yorkshire. I stayed in Thirsk in the Three Tuns pub for two nights as I wanted to Ted Lawson at John o’ Groats see Whitby and Yorkshire. Then I rode up to Scotland via Northumberland I stayed in the Glen Hotel, National Park, on to Edinburgh over the booked in for two nights, Forth bridge and up to Newtonmore. and travelled up to John o’ Groats the next day and back the long way via Loch Ness as the scenery was so beautiful. The loch waters were so still, they were like mirrors reflecting the glens.
|Ted Lawson at John o' Groats|
The next day I decided to go back down through Glen Coe (the picture says it all) towards Glasgow and on to the Lake District. I got to Keswick and again camped the night there. As I had already done the journey through Wales, I motorwayed to Exeter on the M6 and M5, a mundane journey, making me very saddle sore. I set up camp in Cornwall for the last stop, and on to Land’s End, then home.
Glen Coe Pass
Ted Lawson at Land’s End for the second time, having completed his end-to-end.
This time, he rode a Honda Deauville which went well, with no problems.