Charity Bicycle Ride 25th-June-2008

Garry McGivern’s Bilbao to Bognor Regis charity bicycle ride, Wednesday 25th-June-2008 Olonne-sur-Mer to Saint-Andre-des-Eaux. 95 Miles. It’s been a hard ride today with a strong headwind, which became even more of a problem when I crossed the bridge at Saint Nazaire. Unlike yesterday when I crossed to Rochefort on the transporter bridge, today I was allowed on the main bridge. And I wished I wasn’t! It was pretty scary.

The bridge was like cycling on a motorway, on a very narrow hard shoulder, with cars and lorries whizzing past within inches of me. And with the strong wind, which was even worse on the bridge. It took a lot of concentration and strength to stay in my lane. I now know why I bought a spare pair of pants!

Pont de Saint-Nazaire

Much of my day is spent thinking about what I’m going to eat for supper, and today was no different. So when I stopped off at the supermarket this afternoon, I brought the ingredients to cook spag bol. And after showering tonight, I settled down to cook supper and went to grab the ingredients.

Mincemeat check, onion check, garlic check, mushrooms check, bacon check, tomatoes check, tomatoes! Where were the tomatoes? Bloody idiot, I’d only forgotten to buy them, doh! It still tasted nice, but maybe not quite the spaghetti bolognese I was expecting, more a case of mince, fried with onions and mushrooms! But it’s all good fun, and I’m enjoying myself. It certainly beats two weeks on a beach, I think!

Please Sponsor Me

Don’t forget the main reason behind my ride. I want to raise as much money for St Wilfred’s Hospice, which cared for my wife, Josie, before she died of breast cancer in December 2007, aged only 42. Even the smallest donation helps; it doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Every single penny goes towards helping St Wilfred’s continue their vital work.  Please donate by visiting my JustGiving page.

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