We began the 1050 mile marathon at John o' Groats on Thursday 26 August 2010, aiming to complete the journey in less than four weeks. Indeed, we finished at Lands End on Friday 17th September - despite some extremely wet weather, mechanical problems and  physical issues along the way.

We are still raising money for Marie Curie Hospices: please give generously at Or, you can buy one of the limited edition pin badges, suggested minimum donation £2. Contact Mark 0n 0044 7834 539685 or at to buy a badge.  As is always the case in our events, all of the money sponsored goes to the charity concerned.  We treat the 'ordeal' as a holiday(!) which we pay for out of our own pockets.

Monday 13 September 2010

Day 19: Bridgwater - Bickleigh

Two Big Cheeses?  No, actually it's Robbo standing in front of a scaled-down representation of the Sun on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal.  As you cycle along the towpath you pass similar models of the Planets - or at least those that haven't been nicked!  

By 6.30 pm this evening we had crossed the border into Devon and reached the village of Bickleigh on the River Exe. 886 miles covered since we left Wick (849 from John o' Groats).

Stokes's 'Stealth Bike' required a bit of a service first thing (trouble with the pedals as it turned out) followed by a puncture mid-afternoon. Some route-finding issues in Taunton town centre, although most of the day was spent on canal towpaths - the Bridgwater and Taunton and the Great Western to Tiverton, the cleanest canal ever witnessed and scores of wildfowl to boot - Ducks, Moorhen and 'Robbo Birds' (Coots, as in bald as a!)...

After Tiverton and with rain threatening, we called it a day at Bickleigh and checked-in at the pub bed and breakfast.

Spotted on the Somerset/Devon border!  Now there's a heart-warming example of generosity. 

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