Archive for July, 2009

Home at Last

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I am back home after a wonderful; last 3 weeks.  It has been incredible that I have cycled to Lourdes and had a week pilgrimage and then journeyed back on the train.

I thought I would put up stats about my trip tonight and then over the next few days I will post my GPS data.

Unfortunately on the last day my data got corrupted for that day.

Total Distance: 963.99 km

Total Time 46h 33 min

Total kCal 45899

Heading Home

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Well the Pilgrimage is ready to depart home.  The money is still coming in.  Thank you all so much for you wonderful donations.  I will post a bit more when I get home.

Its hot here in Lourdes

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I am really glad I had a early start today as the weather is really hot 38c at the moment. It was a really warm journey although I took it at quite a pace.

It was a real sense of accomplishment cycling down from the town to the entrance of the Domain.Entrance to domaine

I did not know how I would feel, but the main sensation was one of relief.

Relief that I had made it, relief that I did not have any major problems, relief that I did not let myself or others down.

It took a lot of preparation both physically and mentally, but I must say, the most difficult part was believing in myself that I could do it.  Well I managed it and hopefully once I have had a good sleep the satisfaction and sense of achievement will come to me.

When I met up with dad after a lovely lunch in the Santa Rose (unfortunately there was no pate art) I took dad around the Domain,  Its very hot at the moment and hopefully it will cool before the Pilgrimage arrives on Friday.  With the heat I will not attempt the Col de Tormalade as it will be to dehydrating.

I then had what I have been dreaming of for the last few weeks a nice cold beer at the Petit Fleur.

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Arrived in Lourdes

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

After a hot days cycling I have finally arrived in Lourdes.
Will write more later. Thanks for the support and if you have not already sponsored me now is a good time.

Day 7 a hot day

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Today was a slightly odd day as it was hot and sunny all day but not that exciting a ride.  I just stuck my head down and got on with it.  It was a slow climb in the first 20km then a plateau finshing up with some rolling roads.

Thebest thing was there is a bath in the room so a soak was the highlight of the day.

I only have one more day to go and hopefully will be arriving in Lourdes about 1-2pm.  I will let you know when i am there.

Thanks for all the support

Distance 110km, Time 4h26min, KCal 5472

Day 6 A beautiful day

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

I have arrived at Marmande. It has been a long day but the scenery was beautiful. An eagle flew next to me for about 1 min and the villages and towns were stunning. I will post a bit more info with photos later, just need to get some food.
7h16min cycling, 139.8km, 6843 kcal today.
Only 190km to go

A bit more info

Arrive in Jonzac yesterdayAfter a slightly later start at about 9am I set of on a longish day to Marmande.  The weather started off overcast, but soon became sunny with occasional clouds so I was glad I put on my factor 30.

The views were lovely with lots of vineyards and sunflower fields. The landscape was rolling with lots of ups and down including some really steep hills followed by lovely windy decents.  My behind behaved itself but my left knee is still playing up. jonzac4

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A few stats

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

For anyone interested here are some stats:
Day 1 3h42min 93.66km 4773kcal
Day 2 8h33min 167.5km 7754kcal
Day 3 5h47min 123.7km 5911kcal
Day 4 5h59min 127.8km 6038kcal
Day 5 5h39min 120.0km 5544kcal

Totals 29h40min 632.66km or 393miles 30020kcal

Day 5 Niort to Jonzac

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I am glad I have finished today, not because it was a particually difficult or hilly ride but for some reason the whole ride was really hard work.  I had  a very sore arse and left knee pain and right hip pain, nothing to make me stop or anything just very annnoying.  I also felt low in energy and had little reserves, which I suppose is to be expected after over 600km of riding now.

I rode through some beautiful fields with sunflowers then corn then vines, there were the odd patches of rain and Cognac was pretty.

After 100km I just was desperate to get to the finish but feel fine now I have had a shower. Only 3 days more cycling to go!

Thanks for the support

Day 4 a bit more information

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Well the first thing to say about the ride from Saumur to Niort was the weather,  it was wet, very wet.

After thunder storms during the night the morning looked a bit brighter when we had breakfast however once I had changed the heavens opened and it was heavy rain.  I put my rain coat and over shoes on and started pedaling towards Niort.  I must say I did not pay to much attention to the scenery as I just kept my head down and my legs spinning.  Occassionaly there was a flash of lightning but after about 3h the weather changed to a much brighter but cool day.

My legs felt strong but after about 100km all you want to do is get to the hotel and have a shower.  Nearing the hotel in Niort I had a comedy fall at a roundabout as I could not unclip one of my feet from the pedal but no harm done and it must of looked funny to the other road users.

There are not really any photos of Day 4 but it was probably the easiest day cycling so far.

Day 4 very wet

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Unfortunatly my post for today has got lost in the ether.
I will write a bit more later but everything went well despite torental rain for 3 hours. I am now half way!
Thanks