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London 2 Paris: We made it through day1

Jonathan Cox
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19 Jun 2014

It is 11pm and I am sitting in the foyer of the hotel wrestling with a French keyboard to provide a short update of our first day en6-route to Paris (and if you are wondering what the difference between an English qnd French keyboard is just look for the typos!)

It was a pretty tough day - 80 miles and ,ore cli,bing than we were expecting.  The first leg, some 30 miles went really well, chatting with other riders and clipping along at a reasonable pace.  The second leg, a long haul of nearly 40 miles was really challenging physically, but probably more so mentally. We ended up on our own a lot of the time and the rolling hills were rather less rolling and more just hills.  Eventually we pulled into the lunch stop which had to be short as we were on a tight schedule to get the Eurotunnel to Calais - and between us and the Tunnel was the small mattter of Lympne Hill - a brutally steep climb at 14% average stretching for over half a mile.  With some judicious energy saving riding in the run-in to the Hill we reached our challenge - and managed to grind our way up despite the best efforts of cars and caravans to stop in front of us on the hill. Elation would probably not do justice to how we felt at the top and Tessa celebrated with a loud shout !

So now we are in the hotel after a good but slightly slow dinner and I am off to bed - we have another early start tomorrow where another 80 miles much like today awaits us - but hopefully without another Lympne Hill - I think one is sufficient on any ride.

 

Comments

20.06.2014

Wonderful effort Jonathan, living our principles " I have the courage to keep going even when its hard* - I expect we'll be able to hear Tessa's shout in Holborn when you get to Paris! Chapeau!

20.06.2014

Well done on completing Day 1 and wishing you an even better Day 2 !!

Look forward to reading your updates, not sure how you are managing it after such a brutal day !!

Keep going :)

Yolanda

20.06.2014

Well done on day 1, sounds like a very tough first day. Best wishes for day 2!

20.06.2014

Great blog - I like the french typos! Well done on completing day 1 - here's to a sucessful day 2! 

20.06.2014

Good luck Jonathan and Tessa! Glad to hear you're sticking together in the tough bits!

20.06.2014

Sounds tough - you are braver souls than I, I hope that determination is kept up over the next three days and you get lots out of the challenge ahead. Paris awaits!

20.06.2014

Outstanding!  Big props to you and Tessa for great spirit to complete day 1..  Best wishes for day 2

20.06.2014

Great blog Jonathan, and well done to you and Tessa on a tough first day! Good luck for the next stage!

20.06.2014

Phenomenal effort, Jonathan. Genuinely don't know how you found the time or energy to write a blog after yesterday but glad you did as it's great to hear how you're getting on! Reading through your previous blogs the amount of time and effort put in preparation for the ride is incredible and shows just how tough this challenge is. Huge respect and keep pedalling!

Anonymous
20.06.2014

Way to go team! Thinking of you. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous
27.06.2014

Lympne Hill was a definite sting in the tail. I overheard a moto rider at Greenwich, as we all waited for a green light, telling a pedestrian, "They won't look like that by the time they get to Folkestone". Prophetic words indeed. It was great to get on that coach. We all did well to get through that first day I think.