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Day 4 - 15th July 2017
The first view of the day was Stonehenge as we left Salisbury. Poor Will had to visit A&E as his hand was stuck in the clutching bike position! Turns out he had held on so tight his tendons had stuck in position. We drove him to the station and waved him off - bye Will, we’ll miss you!
We set off for our first stop, Cholderton farm house, and after a few route issues everybody appeared and the lovely ladies had a nice table area set up and everybody got some cake and lovely farm house lunches.
Then it was off to Winchester via Romsey and, in the case of Marc Isaacs, the Neil boys, the Inces, uncle Ken and Alex, a 12 mile detour to Twyford! So Tracey and Rosie drove to collect six cyclists and six bikes and somehow got all of them in the minivan plus the 30 day bags already in there!
Then we were off to the Ship Inn in Bishop Sutton for the final stop of the day before Petersfield. After a memorable night of many speeches from Jonny, uncle Ken and Tony we managed to raffle off Tony’s boat for a day out and the lovely Gerry Maye generously bid £210!
Day 3 - 14th July 2017
We left Bristol over the picturesque Suspension Bridge. It was a really challenging day for our cyclists, with lots of uphill stretches, especially out of Bristol. Our first stop was near Paulton for a quick regroup and a lovely coffee from the Hub. Then it was off to the Bath arms next to Longleat, a lovely country pub with great food.
The naughty satnav took the cyclists to an off road wooded lane so poor Neil Boys, Peter Baker and Simon Russell turned up first, cut up from the brambles and quite disheveled. Luckily for the rest our wonderful mechanic Brown changed the route so they didn’t have to suffer that part but they had a very long trip to meet us and were in need of food and drink; then it was just 27 miles to go!
Our last two heroes, one with a bad knee arrived at 7.30 after setting off at 8am! A big round of applause today to everybody.
Day 2 - 13th July 2017
We left Premier Inn Lympsham after a fantastic breakfast thanks to Claire and her brilliant team. We cycled along to the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Burnham-on-Sea where we met Tom who joined us for a photo - our official bike ride start!
It was a gentle ride along to our first stop at Glastonbury where we met in the grounds of the abbey for refreshments and a breather. Then the hard work began! We had a fairly steep climb up cheddar gorge followed by a hair-raising descent down the other side. Luckily Wookey Hole was at the bottom where everyone was able to recover their nerves and have more flapjack.
After that it was a gentle ride into Bristol where we are all looking forward to having dinner with a wine or beer (or even a water). Fabulous weather for a great day!
Day 1 - 12th July 2017
Leaving Brighton for Lympsham
We all set off for our epic journey; the cyclists, our lovely driver Richard and a gorgeous coach from Brighton and Hove Coaches. Rosie and Tracey and Brown followed in transit vans.
After a three or so hour journey we arrived at our first stop - Premier Inn Lympsham. The lovely Liza checked us all in and helped store our bikes, and we had a fabulous first dinner in the Hobbs Boat restaurant, run by Claire, where we were served by the wonderful Derek.
We were all made to feel so welcome - nothing was too much trouble. We then all met up for our first briefing for the start of our ride!