Tuesday, 30 March 2010
We're going to start heading North tomorrow after a visit to St Anns Head Lighthouse on the Pembrokeshire Coast, hopefully stopping the night at St Davids in far West Wales. Yesterday I cycled across the Gower Peninsula to Whitford Point Lighthouse, a disused cast iron lighthouse thats in pretty bad shape. In 2000, it was put up for sale for £1 on the proviso that the new owner repaired it...it's still available. Gower is a place that I'll return to when the sun shines.
Here's a pic of the hills I mentioned in my last blog. This is the hill down to the lighthouse at Lynmouth Foreland (I didn't actually cycle down that particular hill (that would be crazy) but one that cuts in behind it...that's even steeper ;0)
Another screenshot of the GPS, cycling from England into Wales.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Bed now as we lose an hour tonight. Hopefully get some more pics posted if we have decent phone reception tomorrow night. cheerio
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Heres a picture of Hartland point Lighthouse, couldn't get too close as unfortunately the road is unsafe. There's been a lot of great surf up the north coast (when you can see it through the mist!)
The beautiful little harbour of Cadgwith, North East of Lizard Point.
The lighthouses I've managed to get to so far are as follows ~ Start Point, Smeatons Tower, St Anthony's, Lizard Point, Tater Du, Pendeen, Godrevy Island, Trevose, Hartland Point, Bull Point, Ilfracombe and Lynmouth Foreland. Also visited lots of other Harbour lights inbetween.
Anyway, although its been a shorter day today I still feel tired and ready for bed (and its only 9pm)
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Thanks to everyone who's following the trip on the spot tracker on the site, Ive had loads of emails, comments etc ...such an amazing bit of kit!
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
getting ready for 'take off'
Nick Baker, Kate from Alfs and me
crossing the river at salcombe (thank you to the ferryman for a free crossing!)
Thursday, 11 March 2010
The event has managed to get quite a bit of publicity so far and has been in a lot of the local papers this week and last. I have another 'photo shoot' this afternoon and I'm also waiting to hear back from the PR company as to whether we may have some radio/TV coverage. It's also starting to get a fair bit of national media interest.
I've just seen Noel and Katie have set up their own CycletheLights facebook group, as they will be cycling the first and last day with me in addition to doing a week long stretch on the East Coast in June, so good luck to those guys in raising more funds and awareness.
More to come over the next couple of days :0)
Thursday, 4 March 2010
The new bike has been great too. Its the German built Tout Terrain - Silk Road. I've spent the last couple of days setting it up and its feeling pretty good. I've got a fairly long ride planned for tomorrow and still need to get a few bits for it. Its got lots of fancy additions though and I can even charge my phone and GPS as I cycle!
well its 8 or 9 days left until we leave. We're meeting at Alf Rescoes Restaurant at 8am on Sunday 14th March for breakfast then cycling out to Start Point Lighthouse a little after nine (once the fry-up has gone down!) I think there should be a good crowd there.
Finally, thanks to my wonderful girlfriend Elsie who has been busy baking me lots of cycling fodder - marmalade, chocolate and chili flapjack which is amazing!
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
4 weeks and can't wait!
This weather isn't warming up much but still managing to get out on some nice rides in the South Hams, Tobay and also did some training down on the North Coast of Cornwall...beautiful!
Finally, I'm now twittering...or trying to! Just getting used to the site really. I'll get a link on the site ASAP (if anyone's interested in following!)Still loads more to tell you in early March with the launch of various campaigns for ovarian cancer month etc.Cheers for now
posted by Simon Curtis at 22:41
Six weeks to go!
Well it's been a little while since I've updated the blog and so much has been happening. The trip starts 6 weeks today so training has started to step up... although the icy weather is still causing some problems...I came off last night on the infamously steep 'Jawbones Hill' in Dartmouth. No Damage.
OK, update. I've decided to include Ovacome as a second charity and will be adding another 'JustGiving' button to the website. Ovacome provide support and information for all those affected by ovarian cancer. I'll be including more info about them shortly.Over the past few weeks I've been talking a lot with a company who are due to launch a new early detection ovarian cancer test in the UK, whichis obviously very exciting and very much needed. As well as this newdevelopment I've also been liaising with the charity Ovacome to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer awareness month in March. We're spending a lot of time planning and working together to see how we caneffectively raise awareness about ovarian cancer and specifically in identifying the early symptoms. Ovacome are announcing a fantastic newsymptoms awareness project in March. There's a lot happening here so I'll keep you posted. Very Exciting Stuff!These guys are also assisting me with PR for the ride and have very generously donated clothing and equipment for the trip.The big news from AMBA marketing is that my new bike has just arrived from Germany! Its a hand built Tout Terrain and looks amazing (www.tout-terrain.de). Nik's going to be building/modifying it over the next couple of weeks so hopefully I should get a month or so to get used to it before I leave.Got quite a few more things in the pipeline but will post more in the next couple of days.Cheers
posted by Simon Curtis at 18:23
All good on the training front but not getting in the saddle quite as much as I'd like due to the shocking weather recently. I test rode the first stage of the ride last week, down to Start Point and back. It was only 30 miles but very hilly....beautiful ride!
Big News...My dad has now gone out and bought a campervan and is going to come along on the journey with me as backup which is fantastic news. I'm also starting to get a few friends interested in cycling various legs of the journey. cheers for now!
Thank you blog
So.....Hooray!! the website is live and we've started raising money.I've been training quite hard this week in the gym and had a couple of Dartmouth rides. out again tonight training with Mr Mat Steel, hopefully on the moors.First of all a few quick thank yous...to Mark at Frankman Design in Torquay for developing the site, logo and everything else...fab job mate! also to Nik and Ruth at AMBA Marketing in Exeter for the bike and trailer (what a bike!), Mike Davidson for his work on the soon to be interactive map app thingy, also thanks to Miss Fran Newman for the website photography down at start point and finally to the lady in the campervan on the Dartmouth ferry (you know who you are) who gave me Â£20 towards the charity. And thanks to everyone else who has helped so farso now all we have to do is train hard and raise the money!
New Cycle The Lights website goes live!!
posted by Simon Curtis at 15:13