Today was a mega hard slog. We set off late for us, 10am and took a route which avoided the A road but meant we went up and down on a very rough track for about 1.5 hours and when we got to the end we'd actually put 2 miles on to our total! Then rain, wind, freezing cold conditions and Dave repeatedly saying, 'this is the last hill'. 😂 Anyway, we are here and done. Our many thanks to all those who have donated to our charities and in turn have supported us. We are aware that it's a big deal to pledge your hard earned cash, particularly as we do this every year. Thank you, everyone, particularly to today's sponsors Ed & Deborah, Gavin & Lara, Helen & Al, Rupert, Mike, Norm, Hilarie & David,
Ladan, Laura & James and our anonymous friends. The many people who have donated, including all those at the cafe, will have made a significant difference to our 2 charities and to the belief that by and large, people are good. Lastly, thank you to the big guy Himself, God, for keeping us safe and healthy. 🙏🏻 Check out final blog posts here: simpsonfundraising.co.uk and to donate those final pennies. Much love, Team Simpson. 😍
Hip, hip, horay!
Edinburgh to Inverness done.
Personally me and and my sister are proud to be Simpsonians with this great achievement in our paths.
Today we decided to take the (rough) route after a lie in which added on a couple of miles but the scenery was beautiful and we crossed a lovely bridge. However on the other side there was a massive hill that then joined a path along the A9, when we saw a friendly, little toad.
About ten miles in we stopped for lunch at the only place available, which was a small community shop in Tomatin. When we saw a sign for Inverness we all went crazy because we were so close to Inverness. When we saw the youth hostel we all went ballistic.
And that was the end of that chapter.
Wow 180 miles is complete! I'm very proud of us but it's not all been nice and dandy. It's been quite hard to get coats when the clouds burst out laughing and accidentally wet themselves. It felt like we were in the amazon jungle which was brilliant (sarcasm). But at the same time it's been quite fun at points walking and cycling around our amazing country. One things for sure brexit won't change the beauty of Scotland. So go out and explore it for it's a wonderful place. Thank you Scotland, mum and dad, my two sisters, the many hotels and Sustrans for a wonderful 2017 bike ride.
Drumochter pass got done today. I don't really know how because it's 4 hours solid of cycling uphill but it happened. Hurrah! The gentle downhill to our overnight accommodation was glorious and the scenery today was just beautiful. We live in an amazing country. We've seen an eagle, grouse, pheasant, partridge, a deer, rabbits, kestrel, no red squirrels, strange creatures that run fast a bit like a hedgehog and many many sheep. The absolute best thing though was seeing Big and Little Nut Brown Hares, literally haring through the field. 😀
The locals have started to talk differently the further north we get. They're now saying 'mornin' rather than 'morning'. Today we only passed a guy on a quad and 4 touring bikes, that was it. The lady who we were supposed to be staying with is very nice and has a daughter who lives on Alma Vale Road in Clifton! Ha. Good old Bristol. 😁
The weather has been so kind to us today which has meant the hole in my leg is better and miraculously most of us are not suffering too badly with saddle soreness. God is good.
Tomorrow it's expected to rain all day and we're staying at the Dalrachney Country Hotel, a very nice place by the look of it. Looking forward to introducing ourselves. 😁
Bottom hurt: No
Tired : Yes
Excited Yes no maybe so
Scared : Kinda
Bored : Basically idk-I don't know
Today was a long stretch it was like climbing a hill but the bottom disappeared and reappeared at the top. I'm just glad I have at least 12hrs before tomorrow aka the hill.
It's day two and aw my bottom hurts. But I'll tell you something the waterproof trousers were a lot more padded than my padded shorts.
Anyway today we started with all our waterproofs on in terrible weather going over a lovely little bridge. I saw many dead birds on the way and for the last stretch it was a really busy road but now we are at the Struan Inn. I hope I'm ready for tomorrow because we are really off root. Please donate and good bye.
We are now half way and it is taking the toll on my body I feel tired and we are all exhausted. The B&B is amazing and feels just like home. We saw a dead pheasant today which was not pleasant at all time. I spent my time singing to myself and trying to concentrate on something other than the pain. I'm ready for tomorrow, kinda.
Perseverance is the key-you can't go up a hill on a bike without having perseverance, push a little bit harder every time don't just give up you have to keep going.
Plan ahead - If you're going up a hill you've got to plan ahead. You can't just go up a hill in gear 33 you have to change the front gear before it gets to hard and you can't change it. Can't go to Scotland without the right gear. You need coats, fleeces, waterproof clothes etc. The heat will fly right out of your body.
Encourage for the best - If you encourage each other you can go on for way longer than before, you feel better and give someone a chance.
Thank you for everyone who has sponsored us.
Second day woah my bottom was so sore. We powered through the day and cruised through the amazing city of Perth. Seriously check it out. We had to stop at a pub of obviously and mum was overjoyed to find her favourite sweets called meerkats in a shop. On our way we saw 2 hares too which we're hopping along. Now for the statistics:
Our fastest speed today was 22.7 mph and we climbed over 500 feet and burned about 800 calories. I'm looking forward to tomorrow which is gonna be harder.
Today was a real stop/start day, checking the map over and over, putting waterproofs on, taking them off, having mild bouts of hysteria, looking at awesome green stuff. It may of been slightly more comfortable for me had I remembered to pack my padded shorts, but I didn't. Suffering will happen.
Saw a lot of real poverty on the outskirts of the city. Heaps of rough sleepers, lots of people walking around with cans of special brew, that kinda thing. Things were going ok until we hit 7 miles to go and there was a massive cloud burst. In the one or two minutes it took us to stop and get waterproofs on (turns out mine aren't) we were absolutely soaked through. So much so that we went to dinner in socks only as our shoes were still sopping wet.
Our kids have been awesome, truly amazing. Harry is riding for the first time with panniers and the girls are riding for the first time on their own bikes. Favourite kid quotes from today have been, 'that wedgie was totally epic', and 'come on mum lets do this' as we stood at the bottom of a large hill in torrential rain. 😀 Hxx
Today we have cycled from Edinburgh to Kinross, which is roughly thirty miles. It has been very hard the first day because there was a lot of uphill however there was a nice stretch of long downhill. Very sadly a woman had come off her bike on the way and it looks like she's broken her collar bone and maybe her nose so we will being praying for her. About ten miles to go it started to hack it down so we put on our waterproof trousers and coats as we went up hill. At the same time a small stream of water was coming down. The hotel is called the kirklands and the staff are very nice. Wanna get a good nice sleep so gotta go, bye!
Day 1 - Harry
Today was a hard day leaving Edinburgh however the scenery was mind blowing. Yeah I know it literally blew my mind I'm in A&E. We stopped in a lovely town called Inverkiething. About 10 miles from the hotel it chucks it down with rain and I actually believe I was in they amazon rainforest. But when we finally get out of the rain we have to go down this massive hill and it is glorious not having to pedal for about 10 minutes. Our hotel is amazing and the food is really good. I'm really tired and need lots of rest. Harry
Today was the pre-ride day. This mostly involves me realising I forgot to pack some stuff (this year I've forgotten tshirts for me AND Harry), going off to get the said stuff and getting distracted by other things and so ending up with nothing. Meh. It's only a week. 😀 We took the scenic route here (A701) which meant a bit more time in the car but it was worth it. Gorgeous views, cute Scottish towns, loads of sheep. Met some great people, watched a man swallow a sword, ate jambalaya, directed a man to the bus station in a Scottish accent, bathed in a roll top, people watched. Tip-top day all round.
Hello and thank you so much for visiting our fundraising page. This year Team Simpson are cycling from Edinburgh to Inverness as part of our 'Lands End to John O'Groats 1 week a year for 10 years' challenge.
What are the stats I hear you cry! Well, funny you should ask. It's 30 miles every day for 6 days (carrying all our luggage), 5 bikes, 3 awesome children and all for 2 fantastic charities.
Dementia UK - in support of the many sufferers that we know and for those who my amazing brother has started working with recently and The Samaritans - In memory of a family member, Mick and in support of his wife and my cousin, Joan.
You can follow our adventures by checking out our blog posts which are usually written by the kids and never fail to be entertaining.
Thanks again for all your support. Much love, Dave, Heidi, Harry (13), Charli (11) and Grace (8).
Oh my gosh We are in Edinburgh and are having a wonderful time mingling in Europe. And also kilt shops.
We have met lots of lush people including one woman who was giving out sweets, sweets which could kill you with their sour taste. She stopped and talked to us while the rain powered down on the cobbles. I would definitely recommend going to Edinburgh and especially the Fringe festival.
However, my favourite thing which happened today was when mum did a country wee and managed to get some on her shoe.
Excited about tomorrow