Blimey…. Yes only a couple of days to go and all I have done in the last couple is bashing the computer to start to smooth out the last little bits … but it meant I haven’t moved seriously for ages which is doesn’t bode well when I’m just about to embark on a rather long bike ride… well it kind of happened last year too and I did suffer the first couple of days… last least I know what is coming. Everybody is really excited though, so the adrenalin will carry us for a while an...d then I have ordered a backwind and then I have to think of something … harnessing horses … catching a lift from a unicorn?
We got together a couple of our friends and did a little photo shoot with all the lovely clothes we were given from our very generous sponsors. Jen is working on them at the moment and hopefully will be ready by Thursday so I can put them up just before we go.
Last year we set a bit of a tall order and a rather long distance ... 1000 miles (ish) to be precise ... on our bikes through the 5 capitals of the Isles; and although it was a giggle, a great way to see the sights and undoubtedly we ended up with a perter bottom (nice but not the issue). It is about that having cancer and 2 weekly chemo treatment, it is not a barrel of laughs, but we all have to play our cards as best we can.
Keeping active and gaining control back over our... bodies and mind is our way to keep head above the water and try and not to end up us as a sob story.
This is the story; this is what The Ride is about.
We recorded the adventure and the film is starting to shape up. Please see the trailer. If you could share this and our Facebook that would be lovely. Any comments would be much appreciated too. Thanks you very much
Oh yes and don’t forget to follow us on the world first Hull to Paris quest.
If you have some spare, you could push us along with some pennies. The money will go to “The Ride” and will help us finish the film and support to spread the message far and wide.
Hi Guys if you have already given us some pennies sorry for the hassle (just go and have a look at our blog http://www.theride.org.uk/) but if you haven't and wold like to it would be a great time to do it!
I set myself a bit of a tall order and a rather long distance ... 1000 miles (ish) to be precise ... on bike though the 5 capitals of the Isles; and although it will be a giggle, a great way to see the sights and I will undoubtedly have a perter bottom, it is not what is... about. It is about that having cancer and 2 weekly chemo treatment it is not a ball of laughs and we all have to play our cards as best we can. Those of us in a similar situation need to take responsibly and to make a positive contribution to our own health to get body and mind as fit and healthy as we can to give us a chance to cope. This is the story; this is what The Ride is about. We will visit and talk to people along the way. We have had a lot of media interest so far and when we actually get going it will stir up much more and we can really get our message across.
I had the last chemotherapy session on Monday and am having another batch straight after I get home in 3 weeks time instead of my usual 2 weeks... that feels good, a bit more breathing space... and don’t have to bear the smell of hospital ... which I have found increasingly difficult, but hey, it does keep me ticking. I had a treat on Tuesday and went to have Reiki and Reflexology with gorgeous Val and as I was flicking between trying to empty my mind (falling asleep occasio...nally) and going on a killing spree and telling the nasties it is time to go ... out of the blue it suddenly hit me, the 1000 miles thing ... a bit out of nowhere (which is a bit ridiculously silly as i have been breathing this ride for the last couple of months) ... and started laughing my head off ... thinking for the first time that it is a bit bonkers... and you know maybe it is. I haven’t really thought about it that way... I guess it is a 1000 miles in a chemotherapy sandwich ... but I always think things will just work out ... never-ending bloody optimism that’s me ... but hey it is working for me ... usually.
But I am ready to roll around the country with lovely people and meet new ones and have some stories to tell... so here we go with a big grin on my face; it will be a hell of adventure!
Share it with us
We will write, upload pictures and take video every day.
So see you tomorrow at John o Groats. Have a lovely day. I am sure I will.
We’re nearly there with the fundraising - got loads of stuff in kind, from accommodation, travel, equipment to lovely clothes and accessories which will be up for grabs in the auction at the end of the ride, but we are still short of around £400.
I set myself a bit of a tall order and a rather long distance ... 1000 miles (ish) to be precise ... on bike though the 5 capitals of the Isles; and although it will be a giggle, a great way to see the sights and I will undoubtedly ...have a perter bottom, it is not what is about. It is about that having cancer and 2 weekly chemo treatment it is not a ball of laughs and we all have to play our cards as best we can. Those of us in a similar situation need to take responsibly and to make a positive contribution to our own health to get body and mind as fit and healthy as we can to give us a chance to cope. This is the story; this is what The Ride is about. We will visit and talk to people along the way. We have had a lot of media interest so far and when we actually get going it will stir up much more and we can really get our message across.
So it would be great if you could push along us with some pennies.
We will do a daily blog which you can catch on the website or on Facebook.
You can donate via the Ride webpage www.theride.org.uk on the right side or grab me .
100 kilometres at night-time in London … Nightrider!
4 of us and 3000 others, most of them bombing it fast as they can, while we played the sightseers, wide mouth full of laughter, amazement and flapjack. Started at Crystal Palace at 11.40pm and were thinking about doing it by 6/7ish … well it took us a bit longer; we rolled in around 9ish…But what an adventure! The route was amazing, really well signed, only managed to get nearly lost once, which is a record for us by any ...account.. mind you, to get there was a bit of an adventure through a very dark park . Having all of London to ourselves was really surreal and magical; Canary Wharf with all those sparkling shiny mega spaces.. Annabel was desperately longing for some colour and velvet at that point; Camden Town with all the jolly fellows who were very amused of the sight of two wheels pedalling when the only double usually visible at that time of the night is brought on by the drink . Alexandra Palace, half way point, the view, dawn… crisp, pinkish, smelling cold earth … and then the trickling down to the big landmarks … but the best thing about it was pedalling with my wonderful mates; all the giggles and swearing of the hills the teas and wees and the real hero of the night was wonderful Nicol who has never cycled more than 30 kilometres and using gears was only from sight and theory… she was whizzing by the end of it and the gears were clicking furiously.
… and we did it together; it felt good so so very good.
And our treat ….
Well … we thought we needed a treat after roughing it through the night. We booked afternoon tea at the Dorchester. But as we only had an hour’s sleep we all felt a bit adrenalin fuelled, giggly and delirious. We packed our bags ..god knows how we filled with the car with 1 days supplies, put all 4 bikes back on my battered Zafira, bits hanging off… and after an hour and a half, some going around roundabouts and a very dubious U turn later (sat nav estimated 42 minutes), we pulled in to the Dorchester and gave the key to the man in the hat who managed not to the snigger in our face. Mind you we were grinning had ear to ear at that point nothing could have stopped us. And it was really really lovely, didn’t feel out of place, we were very well looked after and gave the whole escapade rather enchanted finish.