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Day 6: Harry

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😉

Day 6: Heidi

Here’s the last blog entry thingy majig from me. We’ve made it! I’m feeling hugely relieved, exhausted, pleased and excited for next year already.

imageHere’s the last blog entry thingy majig from me. We’ve made it! I’m feeling hugely relieved, exhausted, pleased and excited for next year already. Today was crazy – we started off in rain and ended in beautiful sunshine. We met a man who had cycled AROUND THE WORLD, twice and he still managed to be wowed by our adventures and earlier in the week we met a chap who was cycling the 3600 miles of the coast of the U.K. Aren’t humans cool?!
Arrived in Edinburgh to find that several thousand people had come out to welcome us! Had to push our bikes through crowds of people, I’d forgotten that the big flag was still on the back of my bike until the pole got caught on a market stall and then whipped back toward me via a mans face. A wheelchair bound man. 😩
Off to bed now so we can enjoy some more fringe entertainment tomorrow. Hugely proud of my incredible children and of course, Dave. X
Today was crazy – we started off in rain and ended in beautiful sunshine. We met a man who had cycled AROUND THE WORLD, twice and he still managed to be wowed by our adventures and earlier in the week we met a chap who was cycling the 3600 miles of the coast of the U.K. Aren’t humans cool?!
Arrived in Edinburgh to find that several thousand people had come out to welcome us! Had to push our bikes through crowds of people, I’d forgotten that the big flag was still on the back of my bike until the pole got caught on a market stall and then whipped back toward me via a mans face. A wheelchair bound man. 😩
Off to bed now so we can enjoy some more fringe entertainment tomorrow. Hugely proud of my incredible children and of course, Dave. X

Day 5: Heidi

Today was a crazy day consisting mainly of huge long stretches of cycling on a cycle path next to busy and noisy roads or cycling up hills that went as far as you could see and into a headwind.

There was also a lot of cycling through wasteland past nuclear power stations and concrete works. The wind was so strong as we biked down the hill into Pease Bay that you didn’t even need to break despite it being a 1/4 hill. Totally different day to yesterday.

NTodays ascent was in the first half of our journey and so saw some fairly standard country sights like a small hare that ran the length of a football pitch towards us before darting off into the undergrowth. Loads of roadkill and livestock in the fields, we spent a lot of time mooing at cows and baaing at sheep. Sadly we saw the rough end of country living when we came across a livestock wagon full of pigs that had overturned on a bridge in the middle of nowhere. The noise was horrendous and could be heard from some distance away. We passed the vet who was enroute to slaughter the animals. It reminded me of a time when a horse got hit by a lorry in the lane outside our cottage when I was about 9 (in Cornwall). My dad went out with his shotgun to see if it was needed but I can’t remember what happened. Can you remember this bruv?

Yesterday I had a tumble off the bike and so today my bruising is EPIC. Sore muscles from earlier in the week are recovering as we all get stronger and the Scottish midges have been less than we feared. Winner!

*Entertainment (*distraction) this week has been awesome. We’ve played ‘We took a load of children swimming and they were called’ – Alex, Belle, Charli, David, Ed, Frank….etc. And eye-spy. And we’ve sung Shine Jesus Shine a lot, and Rick’s new album has been belted out all over the hills of the Scottish Borders. We’ve talked about who we hope to spend time with when we get back too. 😀
Anyway, enough from me. Tomorrow we will complete the final day of stage 7 and celebrate in style at the Edinburgh fringe. Please keep on donating, it’s so encouraging and we appreciate it so much. You are all as much a part of this crazy thing as we are. Much love xxxxx

Day 5: Harry

Feeeewwwww😩. We are finally preparing ourselves for our last day of cycling. By mostly sleeping😴. The last day is the final push, the day when we finally arrive at the destination, Edinburgh; woohoo. I personally am very proud to be a Simpsonian😀.

One of the things which I would love is to smash our target🎯(£2,000). Both charities are amazing and are charities which make you feel the world has people who are loving and kind.

So I would like to say a big Thankyou to all donors and supporters but especially Rupert who has so far donated £110, so be like Rupert and spread the word about our fundraising.

Love Harry

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Day 3: Charli

So far we have done approximately 80 miles. On the fist day we did 30 miles from Newcastle to Ashington. We went past the marina and along the cost. We stopped at a small beach and had an ice cream. We stopped at a premier Inn and I had spaghetti bolongnese for tea.

Yesterday we cycled Ashington to Embleton. It was such a tough start because we were battered from the first exhausting weather. We set of in a good start and stopped of to paddle in a beach were I saved a jellyfish. imageI saw a dead sqirrel, rabbit, mouse and a bird. We went from Embleton to Belford and saw a dead hedgehog. We had lovely tea.

Thanks to every one who has sponsored us,

Charli

Day 3: Heidi

Yesterday we’d done a third and today we’ve completed a half of the miles we need to do. Great weather for cycling, kinda breezy but sunny which meant we got a touch sunburnt as it was bouncing off the sea.

Felt stronger in my legs today which is a good job as we needed to get to Bamburgh and then on to our hotel in Belford before the rain was due at 5pm.
The castle was very cool, mainly because it was the location of a kids TV series last year so our guys were very excited to be there. Lots of info to be read, all of which we’ve forgotten. 😀

More punctures today, more ice cream and an encounter with a wasp. Never ignore a weird feeling in your armpit even if you are doing a fair whack along a country lane in the sunshine. After a few minutes I had a tentative feel and brushed it off whilst screaming and steering the bike at the same time. So, dodgy right arm and dodgy left. ^^

Met a wicked guy soon after who was on a pilgrimage from Porlock (not as grand sounding) to Holy Island (as this). Massive beard, the obligatory satchel and sandals, big BIG smile. As we pulled away from him after our chat he said, God speed. 😊

Saw lots of random animal skins on the road today, possibly squirrels that have stolen one too many nuts and been eaten by something bigger. The cycle network has been fantastic as ever but sooooo much broken glass everywhere, not good.
Arrived at our end destination and got approached by a couple of great folks outside the Black Swan selling peas, still in their pods! Gracie was very happy as that’s her favourite thing, ever.

Fish and chips for supper and a wee drink followed by some cookies from the Co-op. Gracie came with me to buy them and spent quite some time playing with dog toys, the loud squeezy kind. As I was on my way over to tell her to cut it out an announcement came over the tannoy. “This is a customer announcement. If you squeeze it, you buy it!” Lots of customers laughed, especially when I said we’d have to buy the dog first!

Anyway, tomorrow is BIG. It’s 30 miles with over 1600 ft of ascent. I’m off to bed, Dave is already zonked out. Night chaps. Ximage

Day 2: Heidi

imageHey chaps, all is well here. I won’t pretend it’s all sunshine and the wind in our hair because it’s not as there are saddle sore behinds and very tired legs but mostly we’re fine.

Met some interesting folk today, the usual mix of locals and others. An argument outside our hotel room at 3.50am went something like this. Him: You never listen to me, you’re always right and never wrong. Her: Well you have no respect for anyone least of all me. You don’t give a **** about anyone but yourself. Him: I DO, I’m always putting other people before me! This was all at warp speed and in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT outside our bedroom door. Oh the irony.

Tonight, a young lad called Mason came and sat with us while we played cards in the pub and within a few minutes had told me that a man started shouting and swearing at his Mam this morning so he (Mason) went off to get his brothers air rifle. 😬

The kids are all costing us a fortune as they’re burning so many calories that no-one wants a ‘kids meal!’ Dave and I have had to sample a few local brews, for research purposes you understand. All of us are saddle sore and I have a few twinges and pain in my dicky arm but we are already a third of the way there so it’ll be fine.

We’ve been following route 1 which is known as the ‘castles and coast’ route in Northumberland and is absolutely spectacular. There are miles of sandy beaches with barely anyone on them despite it being sunny and warm here. If you can stomach the long drive here then I’d recommend it as a great place for a holiday!

Best thing that happened today: Dave getting caught having a wee in a corn field by a load of tourists on a double decker bus. Charli and Gracie laughed solidly for 10 mins!

 

Day 1: Harry


The first day is one of the hardest days. For one reason, adjusting. You have to adjust to the fact that you cannot use the engine or relax. It’s the fact that you have to keep on going, not stop and put in some effort. But most of all pay attention.

If you lose concentration, something will happen. If there’s an injury then the ride ends(serious injuries obviously). However, we all have fun and find ourselves looking back across the horizon and pointing out places we passed.

At the end of the day you find yourself thinking ‘I could eat a horse’ you are so hungry; Don’t worry Charli and Gracie are trained. Tomorrow will be better though.