Day 3 – Crossing Borders
After the last couple of tough days today was a lot easier. The accumulated miles and a evolving mindset when facing a climb mean that I'm more inclined to take these challenges in my stride – or rather pedal strokes. Don’t get me wrong, the riding isn't getting massively easier; I'm just getting a bit better at rising to the challenges. And what's really great is that as a group we’re getting to know each other and a real team spirit is developing. Much of this happens quietly without fuss but when of us is feeling the pressure of the pace others in the team close ranks and help each other through the moment. And there's lots of banter too – all of it good natured. So, I'm having great fun.
Today’s riding was quite varied – some fast, flat sections (across Somerset), some shortish, sharp hills, the challenge of riding through very busy industrial estates to get round Bristol. And best of all, the thrill of crossing the Severn Suspension Bridge and entering Wales. Also looking at the route map there is real sense of progress. Land’s End really does seem quite far away now.
Big thanks to everyone whose sent me messages of encouragement and support. It's been great to read these when I arrive at our new base at the end of each day’s riding – they really do ease those aching legs. And biggest thanks for the sponsorships you've made. Prostate Cancer UK will be really grateful for your support. If you can think of anyone who might donate please, pretty please, pass the word along!
Miles today 87
Total miles from Land’s End 235
Miles to John o’Groats 751