Supposed to be easier today. Only 70 miles but don’t you believe it. Plenty of hills and temperature in mid thirties.
Got really dehydrated at one point but a couple of litres of water eventually sorted that out. You just don’t realise how much you lose. And the saddle sores are beginning to kick in! The least said about those the better!
Staying in a town called Beauvais tonight with only 60 miles to do tomorrow. Role on Paris and the party.
What an amazing experience riding unto Paris was! Leg weary and saddle sore after four days cycling in temperatures in the mid thirties, nearly 400 cyclists who had started in London and who had arrived in Paris by three different routes, converged just a mile from the centre. Then under escort with the traffic stopped, horns honking, and people waving, we rode up and down the Champs Élysées, around the Arc de Triomphe to finish at the Eiffel Tower.
What a journey! An experience of a lifetime unquestionably. Hard at times, you kept going because you knew you we’re raising money for such a good cause, to give hope to children who due to their conditions would never be able to make such a trip in their lifetime.
So glad to have done it, not bad for a grandfather of 68. Actually we were told by the organisers that my friend Mike, who I road with, and I we’re the two oldest of all the registered riders, so another cause for minor satisfaction. And especially pleasing as I had hardly been on a bike in 30 years until I started training in February, when it was so say the least a bit colder!
I now have the task of returning home to collect all the money I have been promised. And it’s not too late. I want to use this opportunity to continue to raise money for Action Medical Research for Children. The link is www.action.org.uk/sponsor/tonyprice
And I meant to add a big thank you to Eyesite for the Bolle prescription sunglasses. They really did make it a lot easier and were amazingly comfortable. You have my endorsement!
Well done Tony! This is an amazing achievement and for such an amazing cause. You should be very proud of yourself – we are!