Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail
A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders
Robert Clegg Cycle for Alzheimer’s Society
I’ve now finished what was a very challenging unsupported cycle ride, due to the very wet weather and strong winds all round the coast.
I set off on June 1st heading into a strong head wind and rain going East from my home then South. There were some Steep climbs on my route especially in Somerset (a few15% 20% and a 30%) and a few more in Scotland.
The longest climb (in torrential rain and 25 miles an hour head wind), being round the 2 most Northerly Mountains Ben Hope and Ben Loyal to get to Durness on the North coast. At one stage i had to dismount and wait for a slight abatement as i couldn’t see in front of me.
Unfortunately from there South in the Western Highlands accommodation was all pre booked well in advance. Golf/Bowls/The Scottish 500/Highland Games/School Hols had all started. Obviously cycling long distances its not possible to book ahead in case anything happens.
I had already switched coasts from Cumbria through to Glasgow because of problems on the way up the West. So from the North coast i switched back to the East again and continued where i left off from Glasgow/Edinburgh down to Spurn Point then home via the Trans Pennine Trail to Goole.
Total milage was 3,056 in 64 days including 8 rest days. ie 56 days cycling, an overall average of just over 54.5 miles a day, (with only 14 dry days).
The daily weight on my Dawes Super Galaxy bike was around 15/16 kilos. The bike has now covered around 34,000 miles and is still going strong.
I will now celebrate my belated 75th birthday happy knowing that we have done a little bit to help the research. Lets hope that the cure being trialled now is successful.
To date 16 Aug we have raised 1620 pounds plus 25% gift aid on most of the donations, (some have not qualified for gift aid unfortunately).
The total to date is 2,017 pounds.
A very special thanks to all donators and to the many lovely people who supported and helped me along when things went wrong.
A special mention for Pete (the truck) in Portbury for transporting me to Mikes Bikes who donated and fitted a new gear shifter.
Next trip ??? Perhaps a tour of Spain maybe it will be dry and warm lol