According to a nifty countdown clock I found online we have 46 days, 1,117 hours, 67,021 minutes and 4,021,264 seconds until our journey kicks off on July 31. When we decided to get Pedal for Prevention going around New Years, seven months seemed an eternity. Looking back the time has flown by…
Me in paradise on Skye
In other news: This past week I flew across to Scotland to visit Mike and take some time away with Olivia (my soon to be widowed girlfriend) prior to things heating up with our ride. We spent a lovely week in Scotland, and despite the fact that we neglected our training more than we should have, we did meet some inspiring people via a roadtrip to the Isle of Skye.
James Bonell: When we arrived at our B&B in Waternish on the Isle of Skye we were first greeted by James Bonell. James was surrounded by kayaking equipment and as it fatefully turned out, he is halfway through his own expedition to help raise money for charity. James is attempting to circumnavigate Britain in a kayak and raise $10,000 for both Water Aid and Colitis & Crohn’s disease research. Although James’ is kayaking as opposed to a cycling, he proved to be an invaluable resource for Mike and I as we try and mentally prepare ourselves for what’s ahead. So to James, thanks for the helpful words and all the best with your adventure! You can read more about his journey HERE.
Mike shaking hands with James at the B&B
Gill & Ian Williams: As we were leaving Skye, our hosts Graham and Madeline Jones from Lorgill B&B told us that we should pay a visit to Gill and Ian Williams as they lived just up the road. Gill and Ian have cycled across the U.S., Britain and Thailand in their own attempt to raise money for yet again another great cause, Hands Across the Water. The two founded Hands Across the Water after the tsunami hit South East Asia and have now raised over 101 thousand pounds in order to help Thai orphans.
Just like with James, speaking to Gill and Ian was great for Mike and I… Not only is it special to meet people so committed to making a difference, but Gill and Ian are considering joining P4P to ride with us for a few weeks in October!
Gill and Ian
Views on Skye
Mike and I in Glencoe on the drive North