In a moment of madness in 2005 myself and a friend made the some might say foolish decision to cycle across the country. As we have ridden on sections of the TPT in the past we decided this was the obvious option. From then on it snowballed. There ended up being 8 of us and all doing it for charity.
We set off on Thursday 1st June from Southport and barring a couple of missed turns we made it all the way to Glossop after 90 plus miles, just over 8 hours in the saddle, 1 buckled wheel, 1 puncture and a seized rear hub.
Day 2 began well as we faced what was to be the largest climb of the day. Well worth it for the views, the challenge and the lovely long smooth and fast descent to Dunford Bridge. Another long day in the saddle followed eventually finishing in Gowdall after another 70 plus miles in the saddle. Bottoms really beginning to hurt now.
Day 3 started early with the promise of more good weather and lots of flat riding. With the promise of a very large drink at the end we pushed on through the day eventually turning onto the Sea Front at Hornsea to be greeted by at least 30 members of family and friends. What a sight it made. We crossed the finish line at about 5.00pm.
In all we have raised about £5000 for 2 charities and would like to express our appreciation of all the hard work that goes into maintaining the trail. Without it we would not have been able to enjoy ourselves so much whilst raising money.
Andrew Scott - Wakefield Back to Your Stories