Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's 8 years since Dad set off on his ride round the coast of Britain

How time flies ... it's been 8 years since Dad set off on his ride around the coast of Britain at the grand age of 74. Unfortunately Dad doesn't ride anymore, not since his heart op but he got the best part of 80 years of riding in before he hung up the bike (or whatever it is you do with a bike!).  The bike is now waiting for me to take up riding ... that saddle will need to be lowered so my feet reach the floor for a start!

We made lots of news friends with the blog and fellow coast of Britain riders. Dad even inspired a few to ride the coast when they heard of his trip.  Many of them are still riding and off on new adventures on their bikes.

I learnt about lots of places around the coast of Britain whilst writing the blog ... even now my ears will prick up when I hear a place name of somewhere I know Dad rode through, so what I didn't learn in Geography at school I learnt from my Dad's travels :)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Coast of Britain - 7 years

It's 7 years today since Dad finished his cycle around the coast of Britain ... and to quote Dad "I wished I could do it again". Alas his fitness is not what it used to be and he's not been on the bike for awhile. However he did read his blog about the trip again and there was a lot he'd forgotten !

Here are a few photos of the finish after 4,500 miles of cycling !

Heading in for the finish line

Victory salute !

The finish line
Well deserved pint with the bike

I think he deserved it !

The Bike !
The route .... we kept tabs on where he'd been !

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's been 7 years ...

Well the 1st June 2009 is the day Dad started his cycle round the coast of Britain and put an extra 4,500 miles on the pedals. I can't actually believe it was 7 years ago ! 

There have been quite a few "round the coast" cyclers since! I remember when we were researching the ride we couldn't find much information on other cyclists who had done the same. However during Dad's ride Mike Carter (a journalist writing an article for The Guardian) was cycling in the opposite direction to Dad. They meet up twice ... once at John o'Grouts (article here) and again in St Davids.

The following are a few links on Dad's trip.

Here is a link to Dad's blog for his ride around the coast for anyone thinking of doing the same The Start

Here is a YouTube video of Dad talking about his trip

An article in the local newspaper  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dad is back from his travels

Well he's back ... not even a strike by Lufthansa could stop him ! Folk from his party were scattered around various airports in the UK but Dad flew back to Manchester and even managed to get back earlier than his original flight!

He's had a good couple of weeks ... apparently the first week was too hot the second week too cold ... there ain't pleasing some folks !

Monday, September 7, 2015

Austria trip

Well Dad sounds to be having a great time in Austria. Sound like he had better weather the first week. He got himself a bus/lift pass and has been making the most of it! He hops on a bus to the ski lift and then takes  the lift up the mountains and then has a walk back down and hops back on the bus back to the hotel. If he times it right he gets to have lunch at the top of the mountain ! That sounds my sort of "walking" :)

He usually manages to get back to the hotel in time to catch the end of the days cycling in the Tour of Spain ! I did tell him that the Tour of Britain has started but that's not being shown on  Eurosport so I have to text him the results.

He's now moved onto Saalbach and sounds like he's had a couple of wet days. He was going to hire another e-bike but the weather was a bit wet/cold so he gave it a miss. Again he's been using the buses/ski lifts to get up the mountains. Today he's been to Zell am See and on a steam train to visit a waterfall ! I was well jealous of the steam train until he told me it broke down ! 

He's been out and about in the evening too. He went to a music and dancing pub one night (I bet he moaned it was "too loud") and tonight he is going bowling - that I would love to see !

Just one full day left tomorrow as he's back home on Wednesday !

Friday, August 28, 2015

Walking up a George - you got to love Dad's text messages

Yesterday his text read

" walkwent up a george,,.. the" 

followed swiftly by another text message that said

"Had a gd day wethgret not dun wel on texing lv dadx"

I'm a bit out of practice deciphering Dad's Speak but I get the gist ... Great weather, been on a train, bus and walked up a gorge, had a good day. Had to laugh at the ... not done well on texting and using George instead of gorge :)

Today's message he'd sorted out where the blank space was so instead of using the full stop and coming out looking like a web address it read quite well.
"Hi gd day on the bike got bak for 4" and he went on to tell me he'd watched the end of the Vuelta and a break away won.

I've told him practice makes perfect and hopefully by the end of his holiday he'll be up to speed in texting but Dad has his own text language which only a daughter can decipher. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

He's off on his travel this time to Austria

Yes Dad is off on his travels. After a slight hiccup with his EHIC card which expired in 2011 (did you know they have an expiry date!) we managed to sort (when I say "we", I mean me) and it arrived with several days to spare !

He set off early this morning - 3.00 am and I kindly declined his "should I ring you when I get to the airport" instead opting for a text message instead.

He's text to say he's now in Kitzbuhel ... he's sorted out a walk for tomorrow and Friday he's out on an e-bike with a free guide ... not sure if that's a person or a map! Either way I hope he doesn't run out of charge!

Had a quick Google, as you do, and he's staying at the Q! Resort Health & Spa .... that sounds VERY posh to me! The only link I could find in English was on TripAdvisor here and a link on here definitely a step-up from the YHA !

He was just off for his evening meal, I do hope it comes on warm or even a hot plate.