Monday, 30 November 2009
Meeting new people for all of us can be a little nervy, 32 of them all at once, knowing you have no escape for the next 9 days can make you question your sanity, however the 11.30 meet at Heathrow in no time at all seamed an age ago, as by the time we hit baggage check it felt that we had known each other for years as witty banter broke down the barriers and any remaining nerves.
Saturday, passed mainly in a blur of departure lounge daydream, in flight reading and dozing as, by the time we cleared the airport and stepped into Cairo, Sunday was upon us. The night drive across the city had us all staring out of the coach windows taking in the sights of a "new" city at night. The hotel was reached and the first challenge, who was your room mate! As on previous trips, I was lucky and was paired with Andy with who I shared many a laugh! although approaching 1 am we all elected to try some food, the fear of the rations ahead giving us added reason for getting good food while we could get it. (as it happened the food was great all week)
Time for the first of the weeks "moments", and it fell to me, well me and Andy. Wondering through the Hotel trying to find our room, Andy laughed that "wouldnt it be funny if we all had double beds", sideways look from me and a quick "dont be daft they will be twin rooms, always are"............. what do you do, call reception and complain demanding to be moved to a twin room or get your sleeping bags out and bed down.......... we opted for the latter! Now this in its self is not a major problem....... sitting at breakfast and telling the whole party was!, no matter how much I kicked under the table, Andy continued to give a blow by blow account!
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
The ride is done, the Mt. climbed!, a really great adventure made all the greater by the people sharing it, some with some tear bringing reasons to be there, some just wanting a challenge.
some £50,000 plus was raised, with blood, (lots of) sweat & tears along the way, sleeping under stars, chased by rabid dogs, target pratice for the local pre-teens - sticks & stones - and many more tales, and lots of photos.
A more detailed up date to follow!
Friday, 6 November 2009
If time / access allows I will try and update during the week, if not a full report upon my return.
Thanks to all have have supported me, with extra special thanks to Sally - X, who I will miss loads!
Friday, 30 October 2009
Think a trial pack this weekend, money- check, suncream - check, Passprt - check, Imodium - check "Sudacream" - check... etc... to make sure all present and correct, maybe a ZipVit trip for some extra ZV energy, a good ride on "the Chase" Sunday, Spin Tuesday.............. and the Rugby Club Sportsmans Evening Thursday - opps!
Monday, 12 October 2009
Under 4 weeks to go, September`s miles where down and I"missed" the organised training weekend, but with a couple of long rides planned I feel OK regarding the actual ride, the funds however are not looking good and I risk becoming a "Pain" in some quarters!
I have booked in for some Spin classes at the gym , these seam the "in thing", watch this space.....
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
The sponsorship is still lagging somewhat, but have "upped" my activity on this front and hope to see the fruits of my labour soon.
Plan to call and see the twins this week as have been a little neglectful on this front.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
The funds look like they have stalled somewhat, pledges made are hard in converting, and another mail out is on the cards..........watch out!
We have the Training Weekend at the end of the month, so will be good to meet up with my fellow "trippers", lets hope for some sun.
Monday, 24 August 2009
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Fundraising is, well should be reaching a close, but I find myself a little under half way so I need to put in some effort!
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Just a bit of an up date really, thanks to all who have sponsored, to all who have promised some - now would be a good time!
Looks like I am to add the BHF Dark Peak Challenge to the "warm up" events. Starting from Edale the Extreme Route takes in 34 miles of ".....tough climbs and fast technical descents ...... conquer this and you`ll have earned "Elite" status.........." so should be a nice morning out then?
Also planned a trip around the Mary Towneley Loop. Lady Mary Towneley fought to hightlight the state of the county`s bridleways and was a campaigner for the The Pennine Bridleway. The route is approx 47 miles taking approx 7 - 8 hours, I will post the chossen date and if your free why not join me?
Links for your interest -
Thursday, 21 May 2009
I have to say that in the time I have been riding in every day (I had been riding in once a week since Christmas) so far it has been fairly dry, if a little windy!, manging around 17mph average. It is a great way to start the day, plenty of time to think of the day ahead, and watching the world pass by, although - it is really necessary to get that close to me in your "flash" BMW, I am sorry but it does seam that BMW drivers have to see how close they can get to me without actually pushing me ditchwards.
So far, one (serious) close shave, when seeing me pedalling towards him, a nice gentleman decided pulling out at a cross roads was ok, causing me to take avoiding action and use far too much brake pad in the progress!
Again, as you may be aware, I have a cycle trailer which I use when going to the allotment, a challange has been laid down regarding me making a delivery for work with the trailer - I need to think about this as I am guessing a doubling of traveling time!, I will let you know what happens!
Friday, 15 May 2009
Couple of weeks since last post, sorry!
Sponsorship is again on the move, which is good!, looks like could be close to a 1/3 by next week, so still some way to go.
Training...... the "company car" "went" last week, 8th May, so this week has seen me cycling to work and back, a total of 180 miles covered at around an 18mph average, I managed to avoid the much of the rain, but it has been a windy ride most days!
Four weeks to go until the Marin Roughride, so I need to find and get up some hills in the next couple of weeks, but think I will give myself Saturday off!
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
The event was well organised and as part of the Enduro Six weekend was plenty happening, have a look at http://www.robcrayton.co.uk/ for some pictures.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
As I write this, it is St Georges Day, quite apt as I find myself in a battle with the great Dragon that is Fund Raising!, I am currently in the middle of addressing letters far and wide and revisiting "old" friends as my figure needs a good boost. A few ideas I had haven't proven to be "goers" so back to the drawing board.
Two days until the Thunder Run 10k at Catton Park, part of Pat Adams "Enduro 6" weekend, which sees lots of Mountain Biking as well as the run, the venue is just of the A38 between Burton & Lichfield, start time 10.30am on Saturday if you need a laugh!
(oh, Unicycle - still not managed even a revolution!)
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, up and out on Mountain Bike and a couple of hours "hills" on Cannock Chase, must take camera next week as guessing the Bluebells will be out in force, after ride and puppy training a quick unicycle lesson - still going nowhere - then to allotment.
Hope your weekend was as good!
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
Fundraising has slowed up a bit so need to spend some time getting this back on track, as (only) just over 1/5 so far.
Anyways the light nights are upon us which will make us feel a lot better no doubt!
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Names are selected from -
I would like to support - (select from dropdown box) Simon Miller
Not half as user friendly in my humble view!, CAF claim this is better system?
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
(I hope she dosn`t mind me saying) but Rachel continues with such strengh and courage, I know supported by June, Helen and all of Steve`s family, but she deserves all the good luck in the world now and I hope among your own daily stress and strife you can spare a thought and send it her way.
The walk, 10 miles in three hours, which we were all pleased with and we have to thank all concerned with a well run event.
Please see link -
The following link is part of the walk we did -
This week in history - 1st - The Bank 0f England Nationalised - 1946, 2nd - First test flight of Concorde - 1969, 2nd - Jon Bon Jove born - 1962, 3rd - Oil discovered in Saudi Arabia - 1938, 7th -The BBC News broadcast in colour for the first time - 1968.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Sinai artical in March issue of National Geographic -
This week in history - 26th - Bank of England issues first £1.00 note - 1797, 26th - Barings Bank Collapes (Nick Leeson) - 1995, 27th - The British Labour Party founded - 1900.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
So, a cycle ride through the Sinai, Egypt, hot, sweaty, dusty, dry......... the images roll on, so training at the moment with more layers than your average "pass the parcel" parcel hardly seams appropriate with fingers so cold that I am sure I have frost bite, but two hours "off road" in the white stuff yesterday was, I have to say, great fun and I want be too sad if we get some more to play in!
Thanks to all who have sponsored thus far, I will update the list as I get the statement from AFC.
(oh, the photo is from Italy a little while ago!)
This week in history - 8th - Mary Queen of Scots executed - 1575, 11th - Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years - 1990, 12th - Lady Jane Grey beheaded - 1554.
Sunday, 1 February 2009
1st February the year is already flying by and the list of events is getting closer, 28 days until the 10 mile Heart Foundation Walk at Calke Abbey, 42 days until the Stafford 1/2, 83 days until Thunder Run 10k, 133 days until Roughride and 279 until Sinai Ride.
This week in History - 2nd - Sky TV plc launched - 1989, 4th - Facebook the social networking site is founded - 2004, 5th - Royal Greenwich Observatory begin boardcasting the hourly time signals, the BBC "pips" -1924, 6th - Munich Air Disaster 8 Man. Utd. Players lost 1958.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Week three, Training going ok so far and the sponsorship has started to drift in - thank you.
It appears that a local "off road" 10k - the Thunder Run at Catton Park - is also for the British Heart Foundation, so it may be I have another event to fit in, will keep you posted!
This week in History - 19th The last Beetle leaves VW`s Emden plant - 1978, 20th - English Parliment holds its first meeting in the Houses of Parliment - 1265, 22nd - Apollo 5 lifts off - 1968.
Monday, 12 January 2009
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
1st March - 10mile BHF walk at Calke Park