Happy Easter!

A bright and early start this morning meant breakfast with some Spanish spiritualists in Glastonbury. We had a great stay at Pilgrims B & B in this great little town and would recommend it whole heartedly. Our hosts, Clare and  Brian were so accommodating and generously donated to MacMillan, thanks guys.

It was a beautiful morning riding out of Glasto

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and after a stiff climb up from the Levels and a roll into Bristol we cycled underneath the iconic Clifton suspension bridge

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before  making our way past the historic birth place of the Rev. C Clinch, and on to Avonmouth.

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With a few navigational adjustments in the numerous industrial estates along  nations cycle route 41 we eventually stood scratching our heads at a cross roads. The consensus was 10 miles to go until we saw the sign for Almonsbury hiding behind the hedge, just 2miles to go…Bingo!

Rolling into the Bowl Inn was the easilest miles of the trip so far and the reward was several pints in the sun and some more amazingly generous people willing to donate to the cause.

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What a great day and for tomorrow, it’s off to Great Malvern and Lizzy and Tom.

Glastonbury

Well we have made it to Glastonbury,one of the most spiritual and mystical locations in the UK. I have to say that yesterday afternoon, crawling our way onto Dartmoor with a headwind of 30 miles an hour I thought it would take a miracle or at least some celestial intervention to get me through to Mortonhampstead. Luckily we made it, and believe me that was the hardest day’s riding either me or Cate has done…ever. For the statisticians out there, 10 hours, 2130m vertical climbing, 4000 cals and some lemon meringue pie was the way of things.

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Today a bright and early start for the 75 mile leg to Glasto saw us leave the pretty but lethal Devonshire hills behind and make for the border with Somerset. After an early morning navigation through Exeter, we travelled through some amazing little thatched villages and eventually came down to the Somerset levels then to Glastonbury and a warm welcome at our B & B.

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Land’s End to Fowey.

What a great start to our trip. The sun stayed out for most of the day and even though the temperature remained quite low it was beautiful to travel through this lovely county.

Lunch was provided courtesy of the post office at Fourlanes with a perfect pastie from the local bakers. It was lovely to eventually meet up with our friend Diane for the afternoon’s riding where a brief detour to her parent’s farm provided a welcome cuppa.

The final part of the day was hard going as the relentless short sharp climbs kept coming, but eventually we rolled into Fowey. 65 miles and 1600m of climbing done! 

Good morning Cornwall

After a great journey through the night, we woke to a cold but sunny Penzance. Now, stood at Land’s End with the whole of the country ahead we feel lucky to be able to take part in this adventure. Thanks again for all the support.

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Stage 1 underway.

Newcastle to London first and the the midnight sleeper to Penzance. We are on the train and off south to King’s Cross.

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A good point to introduce you to the third member of the team, Endo the Chamsdorf challenge mascot.

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He will be accompanying us for the duration. He doesn’t say much but seems to have an expression for every occasion.

A week and counting

Only a week to go and we will be heading south towards London on our way to catch the midnight sleeper from Paddington to Penzance. We have been amazed at the response to our fundraising and have already exceeded our initial target of a pound a mile, that means we have raised our sights to £2000 for the team at MacMillan Cancer Support. So a big thank you to everyone who has pledge their support and fingers crossed for our new target.

£500+ and counting.

A massive thanks to all of you that have donated to our fundraising so far. We have just broken through the £500 mark which is a fantastic way to take our minds off the Arctic weather conditions. 

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