Tour de UK – Surviving Week One

Well I’m at the end of week one and have survived. I’ve done over 500 miles and consumed probably 3000 calories a day. Am very saddle sore – in fact I am now on my third saddle and one blister pack. I will stop short of telling you where the blisters are!

I have been through some amazing countryside and seen the changes in people, house style, farmland and fauna. You get a real sense of the culture and of the beauty of Great Britain and with the Olympics on, there is such patriotism with flags etc adorning houses and village squares.

We are some 24 travellers, all with their own reasons for taking on the challenge and we are all supporting each other.

Cycling round the Lake District was as expected beautiful but the Shropshire Hills were a real find. I was blessed by a tail wind across Dartmoor and the Lancashire Hills were glorious and again provided me with the wind behind me so I could cope with the 16 per cent hills.

Now I am in spitting distance of the Scottish border and it feels almost like the home straight. (Even though there are five more days to do to achieve the goal.)

It’s been inspiring to watch the Olympics and see Team GB do so well – has certainly made me think when I hear so many of the young people talking about how anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

The countryside has opened out now and the roads and straight and lead into the mountains. I feel I have a mini perspective of the whole country and that’s felt like a bonus of this adventure.

Lookout for the next tweet on twitter – @lindaha123

Dr. Linda Harris

[Linda is cycling over 990 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise awareness and support for volunteer health project, ‘Come Dine with Spectrum’.

To make a donation to Come Dine with Spectrum, please send a cheque marked payable to “Spectrum Community Health CIC” to: Spectrum Community Health CIC, Grosvenor House, 8-20 Union Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3AE

If you would like to find out more about Spectrum People and the Come Dine with Spectrum project please contact 01924 330500 during working hours.

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