7 days ago
Hi all, I’m hoping to announce the final total raised from the ride in the next few days so this is just a last little nudge to anyone who would like to donate or feels inclined to donate another fiver. Let’s just say we are very close to a big milestone and I am still blown away by the support we received! I will also be attempting my first ever triathlon on Sunday so you could think of that fiver as a donation towards that event!
Stay safe everyone,
4 weeks ago
We had a very tough day yesterday with our most amount of climbing done so far. Over 1600m is a new record for the trip but we still managed 99km.
We found a nice spot for our last night inside some woods and with no signal we had a pleasant evening just chatting and hanging out.
We headed to lizard point (southern most point of mainland Britain) and the weather was beautiful. We took some nice photos and treated ourselves to a full breakfast before leaving off.
We had about 29km to the camp site (with some rain) and met up with Nic and L to set up the tent for our holiday. We then had 29km to Lands End. We had a few hard hills but I felt great!
We rolled in at Lands End and were met by Nic, L my Dad and Pauline which was a lovey surprise. What wasn’t a surprise at this point was the weather! Lots of sea fog with poor visibility but I guess poor weather has been par for the course on this ride and at this point I’m not sure I’d have it any other way.
I can’t believe it’s over! We left on the afternoon of the 28th July and arrived on the afternoon of the 12th August. Almost a 1000 miles, from John O’Groats, via Dunnet Head and Lizard Point to Land End in a touch under 15 days.
I cannot thank people enough for their kind words and generosity. Without mentioning all the names, we have had people pay for the petrol to the start, strangers pay for dinners, people let us use their garden and work place to rest, food paid for, people come and visit us on route and even some money for drinks at the end!
Originally I thought I should raise some money for My Bag Charity and I thought that in these tough times I may be able to raise a few hundred pounds but I never imagined so many people would get on board! The donations so far have been incredible and the money raised so far has far surpassed my expectations. We have still have more coming from those who wanted to wait to the end so I’ll get a total another day. The comments and following on Facebook has been amazing and completely unexpected. I started posting just so that some family and friends could follow along, but during the ride more and more people have followed and I saw that in the last week nearly 1500 people have interacted with my posts at some point. Knowing people out there were following along for the ride was a huge huge boost and without that I would have quit.
I have posted a lot about myself but Alex has been incredible. Without him with me I can honestly say I’d have scratched before the border. Four days of wet feet were close to my limit but we persevered together. Your a good friend mate, I owe you one!
Nic has been incredible, helping to organise the start, end and even parts of the middle all while looking after our daughter for over two weeks. You have made this trip possible as much as my legs turning the pedals. We will remember this for a long time to come.
And finally… please please please donate to My Bag Via the website. At the end of the day being able to do this ride, and choose to ‘suffer’ through the weather and the hills is a lovely luxury to have that many do not have. My Bag Charity helps those children who need it and Nicola, Stuart, Oliver and Steph are an incredible team who truly do the hard work. All I did was pedal my bike out of the John O’Groats car park and kept going, they are the true heroes on this saga. …
Shane has no signal tonight but didn’t want to miss updating everyone.
Today has been probably the most difficult in terms of terrain – lots and lots of hills! However they have still managed 99km and have made it to just above Lizard point. This means tomorrow they have 50km to do to reach the camp site, where they’ll help me pitch our 6 man tent, then they’ll finish the ride in the afternoon at Lands End! Followed by a well earned family dinner! I have a very excited little one who has been counting down the days/sleeps until we see you and go camping together.
1 last push boys! You can do it!
As they have no signal it would be wonderful if people could post positive messages/comments etc. For the final part of their journey then they’ll receive these when they get started in the morning! …