I fondly recall this time last year when I had the accommodation booked, the map on hand and the bicycles checked and ready to ride – the British sunshine was out smiling and the earth was still hardy so it was all the more reason to go exploring! The Boyfriend and I were going to embark on a bicycle journey that would follow the length and history of the famous Hadrian’s wall… over 180 miles along National cycle Route 72.
A last-minute thought of my Dad gave me the idea to also raise money for a Parkinson’s charity. My Dad had unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of the year. He was only 62 and had suffered for over 30 years with Parkinson’s which had him taking a lot of medication and restricting him to the vicinity of his home. He was always full of fun and laughter. He was an inspiration, always encouraging me to enjoy life… Watching someone you love gradually deteriorate is heart breaking. I suppose you could say I was missing my Dad and I hoped that this cycle journey would help to put a smile back on my face?
When the time came to leave London the skies didn’t look like they did the previous week! The darker the clouds got the more I thought about battling the wind and rain from my trusty bike seat… I chose to ignore the weather and helped to put the bicycles onto the bike rack attached to our beloved purple Micra. It wasn’t long before we were heading to the far north to the coastal village of Ravenglass. I started praying for the sun gods to return and to my surprise donations to my chosen Parkinson’s charity had already begun to trickle in!
The following morning we awoke from a very cosy sleep to hear the rain battering against the window and the wind whistling softly. I pulled the curtains to one side and was greeted with the daunting sight of thick black skies. It looked so gloomy, our instincts were to stay curled up under the warmth of the duvet, but we had a cycle journey to start and a cooked breakfast waiting down stairs for us…
All I could think of was: Nothing was going to stop us – so let the adventure begin!