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Packing up and travelling down

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Our Chariot awaits, we now have our 'support vehicle'

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And squeezing 5 grown adults into her with all the kit for our trip has been like trying to squeeze and elephant in to a suitcase. That being said we have managed to close the zip, and have started our quest.

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Before we even push a pedal in progress we have to get to Lands End. So an overnight trek on Friday 370 miles via Winchester to pick up Chris and some fish and chips to arrive in a very dark, windy and wet campsite in St Buryan at 1.30am.

Time for some sleep ahead of a 8am wake up call with the start of the trail!!

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3 days to Go

Well the time is nearly upon us.

Only 3 days remain till we start our journey, and the military operation to be ready is in full swing. Last week we planned in the route on the GPS, and had our first glimpse of the full task ahead. With a number of +1000ft climbs in the first 3 days we will certainly have our work cut out for us. The training preparations have all been completed with over 1800 miles on the cycling computer, and I guess as they say we are as ready as we will ever be.

The dining room currently resembles a branch of Millets with camping gear stacked high, the bikes are running nicely, and we pick up the camper van on Friday ready to travel down to Lands End ahead of our start on Saturday morning, wish us luck!

Courtesy of the BBC we have also seen the Weather forecast for the first few days. I know we Brits are obsessed with the weather, but in this case I will take the criticism. Lets just hope its not a Michael Fish 'guarantee' and proves to be accurate. Basically its going to be changeable, but in general nice cycling weather, not too hot (12 to 18 Celsius), a strong Tailwind (9 to 22 mph W/SW) with rain and sunny spells. All pretty good in my view, lets just hope they are showers and not a deluge.

We have also had the opportunity with this challenge to raise some funding for the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind). So far to date we have managed to raise nearly £2600 as a team, and I think I speak for all of us to say that the generosity of family and friends has been humbling and given us a real sense of the fantastic support around us.

from Saturday expect Blogging instalments to start with gusto. We are all looking forward to keeping you updated so stay tuned!

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How it all Started

From the beginnings of an idea to the start of fundraising

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You can picture it, post Christmas over-indulgence, everyone is sat in the lounge of our family home watching the TV and playing board games. We have all travelled home for Christmas with our families to enjoy some RnR.

Then the talk turns to cycling, William has been training hard already in preparation for the road racing season with his team Dulwich Paragon, and we are all keen to get back in the saddle in the new year. We need a challenge to get us all motivated something we can all do together, London to Paris? Coast to Coast? any challenge would be huge considering our current state of fitness.

We settle on the End to End (a challenge all cyclist have on their bucket list). Since that day we have all been committed to racking up the miles buying and testing out the kit, with the date set and slowly approaching.

That is until now, we are T-23 days and the fundraising and blogging begins. The team will be My father Colin, Twin Chris, Younger brother Will & Myself, Supported the whole way by our 'crew' Mum. On an intrepid journey of over 1100 miles (85 Miles a day).

So join us on this journey from the 25th August to 9th September we will blog the whole way through updating with photos, video and route tracking. And hopefully we will all be celebrating with a Scotch Pie and a Wee Dram at the finish line.

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