Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Arrived safely at Hull

Monday 30th.
We arrived safely at Hull after adding about 50 unexpected kilometres to the distance. I knew we should have turned right at the start and not left! Total distance to Hull = 175km.

This is Tina at the Port of Hull, still smiling as well! I'm not sure the other passengers were quite ready to witness my overstretched Lycra but hopefully things will loosen as the ride continues.

Tuesday 31st
We have arrived in Rotterdam after a very early start. For those who remember 'hi de hi' we had the wake up roll call at 5am!! Our aim for the day was to get to Nijmegen but things didn't start to well when we realised that the ferry port was actually 30km West of Rotterdam! After getting lost trying to get through Rotterdam we decided that maybe Nijmegen was a bit ambitious but in the end we stopped about 20km away in a place called Leeuwen. We have cycled just over 125kms today an Tina's blisters have arrived. I could say where the blisters are but this is a family show! Trip total so far = 300km.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Nearly ready to go!

Well we are nearly at the starting line. I could say that everything is organised and we are ready to go but that would be a lie! I am hoping that all will come together in the next few hours but somehow I doubt it.
We are leaving from Whitworth Civic Hall tomorrow morning at 10am and to show off our meticulous route planning skills we still haven't decided whether to turn left or right when we leave the car park!

We have attached a picture of Tina with our bikes all loaded up with 3 weeks worth of mars bars and a spare pair of shorts. The sunshine is misleading, we managed to get 2 minutes in between torrential downpours to take the picture, you can always rely on the Great British Summer!

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Lots of training

A big weekend's training for everyone! Pete and Danny cycled from Bacup to Liverpool on Saturday morning (around 85km). Danny and Joff cycled the Mary Towneley Loop on Sunday. For those who don't know of the Mary Towneley Loop, it is a 48 mile mountain bike ride around the hills of Rossendale and Calderdale and is probably one of hardest runs I have done. The attached photo is outside a pub 6.5 hours into the ride and we still have another 3 hours to go. 9.5 hours for 48 miles! You can just see Joff on the phone in the background, he is explaining that he might be a little bit late!