The e2e Slowly News Blog
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(NB - In the spirit of the ride these may arrive at a more leisurely pace than normal!)
It has taken a little while for the digital cogs to turn but the trip report is now published. Many thanks to all those who have supported the ride and helped raise over £1000 for the British Red Cross.
See you on the b-roads.
Dear E2E Riders, helpers, supporters,
Just a quick catch up to say where things have got to: Firstly the difficulty we are facing at this end is that my wife, Annie, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and over the next two months she started a course of fairly challenging treatment. We both have adopted a positive attitude and determined to secure her recovery. She will need my support but she is still keen for me to do some or all of the ride. My sister in law is coming over from Belgium to stay on 4th May so may be able to go the whole distance. I will have to see how things stand nearer the date. In any event I am keen that everyone else should remain committed to the challenge.
Today I have been contacted by Kieran Whitrow from Chester who rides a TS 250. He says that he and his friend, Jack Ellis, who rides a Yamaha 80 step through, are both keen to do the whole trip.
Hume Fairholme has bought a Honda 90, a good one by all accounts and is fettling etc. He has also has been investigating the idea of a one-way van hire to transport (some of us) back south from JoG.
Phil Speakman has said he will be using his MZ ES150, a luxury machine of its type.
Peter Henshaw has said he will be using the diesel Enfield, which is over the 200 cc limit but still very much in the spirit of the ride.
Various others have said they may join us for legs of the journey.
They include: Richard Tavener, Bob Bishop, Rick Howell, Gavin Shaw, Brian Luckins and Phillip Thwaites.
I have yet to find a good B&B for us near to the start point at LE. I have worked out a good route for the first day using mainly minor and some A roads.
I have made a booking at a campsite in Church Stretton in Shropshire for the first night. Small Batch Camping - owned by Pam & Oscar Prince. We need to find another somewhere in the Pentland Hills just south of Edinburgh. More work is needed on the best route from Church Stretton to this camp. The third day is fairly straightforward.
Kim Allen has kindly offered to come over from Orkney to meet finishers at JoG. Dave Goulder, North of Scotland MZ rep, says he can offer accommodation in a 120 year old converted railway signal box at Rosehall near Lairg in Sutherland. It can sleep up to three.
Things are shaping up but for my part there is the much more important question of my wife’s health which must come first. I’ll let everyone know how things are nearer the date.
In the meantime I’d welcome further thoughts and ideas.
Yours, making haste slowly,