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In need of Inspiration - see Mark Beaumont

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Hi,

I have let my eating habits and cycling slide in the last 2 months and need to get out of this rut. So after seeing Mark Beaumont in 'The Cycle Show' this week, last night I watched my recordings of Mark , both 'The man who cycled the World' and 'The man who cycled the Americas'.

That was all the inspiration I needed.

John. emoticon emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DDOORN 9/10/2012 11:13AM

    Mark is absolutely incredible...great inspiration! Cheers to moving forward!

Don

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GREENGENES 9/9/2012 10:43AM

    Thank you. I'll have to check those out. Good luck getting back on the bike.

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BILL60 9/9/2012 7:59AM

    Allright, now get back on that bike and pedal.

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*MADHU* 9/9/2012 6:28AM

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Coastal Tour Failure

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hi,
I'm back home having failed to complete my coastal tour. After a difficult start due to Illness I then encountered some horrendous weather. Gale force winds and heavy rain on a daily basis delayed my progress.

However I intended to ride out the bad weather and do as much as I could, but I injured my right hand. I'm not sure how. I woke up one morning with my hand completely numb. I assumed I had just slept on it and that it would be ok once I got the circulation going. It didn't improve.

I had difficulty controlling the bike as effectively I was steering with one hand, I was unable to operate my front brake or change gear.

Regretably I had to make a decision to return home by train, but the tour wasn't waisted time. I saw some great scenery, castles, met a lot of nice people and lost a lot of weight cycling up many long steep hills.

My right hand is slowly improving but I may need some surgery. I have damaged nerves.

I have already decided to start this coastal tour again next year.

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/22/2012 8:02AM

    Any trip that you can safely walk away from (and get back on the bike soon) is a good trip. Mother Nature can disrupt our best intentions.

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MEGA_MILES 7/21/2012 6:37PM

    Not a failure, just a dream delayed. Get better then start planning for the next attempt. Life is too short to wait around too long.

You will achieve your goal, I have no doubt. emoticon emoticon

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THEFATCYCLIST 7/21/2012 4:48PM

    Thank you all for the support.

John emoticon emoticon

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EGALITAIRE 7/21/2012 1:24PM

    Great spirit - already looking to next year - sounds like a great adventure.

Stay Strong

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HKARLSSON 7/21/2012 10:20AM

    Wow, what an adventure! I'm glad that you made it back safely, and that the tour wasn't a total loss. Maybe you should buy thicker cycling gloves and wrap the handlebars with cork tape. That might cushion your ulnar nerves (if that's what is damaged). Hope you recover soon!

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DDOORN 7/21/2012 8:44AM

    Yeesh! Keep us posted on what happened...!

My 1,000 Island trip got derailed a few weeks ago also. Hang in there and keep 'em turning!

Don

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LATTELEE 7/21/2012 8:06AM

  Too bad

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Coastal tour 2

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thank you for the comments. A slow start, but that's not a problem, I've plenty of time. I have been ill and have had to stay in Bournemouth for a few days. I'm better now and will be on the move again tomorrow morning heading towards Swanage, Lulworth and Weymouth.

John

  
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HKARLSSON 5/20/2012 5:43PM

    Good luck, John!

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DDOORN 5/20/2012 2:17PM

    Jealous! Can't wait to get going on my tour later this summer!

Don

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Coastal tour

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Yesterday was a miserable day, continual rain and strong winds. I got wet riding to Reading railway station and soaked riding from Bournemouth station to Barton on Sea.

The roads in this area are poor, the constant vibrations from the road made the 10 mile ride from Bournemouth seem like 50. But it was worth it, this is a lovely area. I also saw my niece Belinda who I haven't seen for 15 years and my 10 year old great niece who I saw for the first time.

I will be leaving Barton on Sea tomorrow, heading west.

John.

  
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KIMI_SILVA 5/20/2012 2:12PM

    How lovely that you got to spend a bit of time with your family. Have a grand and safe tour.

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/16/2012 4:16AM

    Hey, Sparkmail me when if you get to my part of the coast, I live in Exmouth, there is a cycle trail Budleigh to Exmouth then the Estruary trail, Exmouth up to Exeter and then back down the other side to Dawlish.

Weather looking good today for cycling! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 5/15/2012 11:31AM

    Happy trails! Hoping for sunny, dry riding pleasure! :-)

Don

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HKARLSSON 5/15/2012 11:03AM

    You can do it! Have a fantastic time! emoticon

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BILL60 5/15/2012 8:39AM

    Hang tough and have a super time.

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Coastal Tour 2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

After a few weeks delay I will eventually be starting my coastal tour. Although the weather is still poor at least the storms of recent weeks have subsided. I have decided to take the train from Reading to Bournemouth on Monday 14th May and then cycle to my sister Carols home at Barton on Sea for an overnight stop.

The tour will start on Tuesday 15th May at Barton on Sea.

John. emoticon emoticon

  
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NIKKILEEG 5/20/2012 3:30PM

    This is great! If you ever decide to ride the Pacific Coast in California, let me know. I'll come with you.

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MAMMAW497 5/12/2012 11:15AM

    Keep us with you....cause we're with you in spirit on our bikes :-)
June 10th I start an 11 day tour.

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DDOORN 5/10/2012 10:17AM

    Looks like a gorgeous starting point!

http://www.bartononse
a.org.uk/

http://en.wiki
pedia.org/wiki/Barton_on_Sea>
Looking forward to hearing all about it and hopefully seeing some cool pics too! :-)

Don

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BILL60 5/10/2012 8:27AM

    Enjoy the hell out of it.

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HKARLSSON 5/9/2012 3:07PM

    Yay!!! Keep us posted!

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