Saturday, 15 June 2019

Day Twelve - Stansted Mountfitchet to Canvey Island - The Last Leg







Tomorrow  James will be starting off at 06:00 from Chimneys in Stansted Mountfitchet he will head towards Writtle Village green and hopes to be there at approx 08:00 From there he will head towards Hylands Park then across Three Mile Hill and onwards to Galleywood turning right at the Eagle pub to Stock where he is turning left at the Ship pub towards West Hanningfield at approx 08:15  from there take the old A130 turning right at the Turnpike towards the Barge at Battlesbridge for approx 09:00 From there take the B1245 towards Canvey

Day Eleven - Fosdyke to Arkesden



Today is day Eleven with an ending in Essex for the night before the final days trek to Canvey Island.  The amazing trip of James should be applauded for the pure determination to succeed and of course the support given by Bill and Michelle who has also given their time to have a nice holiday travelling from John O'Groats to Canvey Island.

The end is in sight and well done all.

The day tomorrow will climax at the Canvey Island Raft Race where District Governor Lesley Sulley will meet James and the team in. Please support Canvey Coast Satellite Rotary Club and make sure that you are there to meet this amazing team.




You are probably missing that wee scamp Harry Haggis and his adventures - I think we may have to write the book as a reminder of how he helped James and the team from him birth in John O'Groats to arrive in the idyllic setting of the home of Canvey Coast Satellite Rotary Club.  This is Harry's penultimate day from this morning to tonight.

Well I suppose with the last day in a hotel I can have a few beers and get ready for my new life on Canvey Island.  Bill, Michelle and James have told me about a place to live where Kings are and they have lots of homes for me to stay in and breed.  Apparently there is also some Camping with a General or two so I could become a mascot for the Army and then there is a place for food which is unlimited called Morrisons and good Scottish name.  At least I wont be lonely there.



 First he adopts me then he trys to use me to clean the sat nav screen.  I'm on the bike then I'm not!!


 then I try to escape and a woman grabs me and wants to put me in her handbag















Friday, 14 June 2019

Day Ten - Epworth to Fosdyke





Todays ride will take James down to the wash and the village of Fosdyke, Lincolnshire.  The ride is getting closer and closer and I would ask if you haven't donated yet then please do.  James has travelled so far over 650 miles all in aid of Prostate Cancer and we need to make sure that we beat the £2000 target.

Over the ride James and team have suffered so many weather related hazards it seemed only right that this late in the ride James should try to cycle down a canal.  Now when you do this it is relatively easy if you put some floats on your bike or you can lean it up on the sign which tells you it is the Sustrans Cycle Netwrok that is flooded not a canal.  What we don't know is did James ride through it find out at the end when everyone meets him at Canvey Island.



Thursday, 13 June 2019

Day Nine - Thirsk to Epworth




Just a bit of pre-ride maintenance before heading out to Epworth from Thirsk.










Don't forget that the link below can let you donate to the epic ride that James is doing for Prostate Cancer.  Follow the link below to use the Just Giving Page.



Arrived at Epworth next to the Duke William which seems to be the best place to stop and take refreshments - non alcoholic of course.  Then to the motel for a good nights rest meanwhile...…………….


https://www.justgiving.com/Canvey-Coast-Rotary-Satellite-Club-Rotaryride?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Canvey-Coast-Rotary-Satellite-Club-Rotaryride&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=eRW6Re8Y5


The Adventures of Harry Haggis and the one who carries the burden of James doing this ride for Prostate Cancer.

He has decided that as he is in England now he will AGAIN hitch a ride from Michelle and Bill - hopefully tomorrow he may well actually ride and support James better. I suppose he is wearing a Prostate Cancer supporters collar.



Following a harrowing 78.1 miles today the wee scamp has decided to search around the route taking photographs and encouraging the devil in him to identify the flora and fauna of the green and pleasant land that he calls The Home of the Sassenachs.




Well that's me done in -zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I wonder what it is like on Canvey Island .zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I don't think i'll ride that bike anymore - James can do it  -zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz








Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Day Eight - Whitley Bay to Thirsk



Today James will be cycling from Whitley Bay to Thirsk.  Last Night James met up with Rotarian Rod Clark from the Rotary Club of Whitley Bay.  Thanks to Rod for taking the time to support the ride in aid of Prostate Cancer.




Todays trip will entail going on the ferry - the Tyne is difficult to get over when you have no floats for the bike.




A difficult trip today with Mud, Dirt and off-road sections that challanenged everyone - well James really not nice when it is pouring down.
















Hi everyone Harry Haggis - I know you have all been looking for me yesterday but you know when you are in a strange country - and this is the furthest south I have been - you sometimes have to decide am I going to slow James down by taking my turn to cycle or do you take the easy life and go with Bill and Michelle in the lap of luxury.  Stick to the luxury - so with my headset on and the songs of Moira Anderson and Andy Stewart with Bill adding a little rendition of his own I head for the warmth and comfort.  See you later today -





Don't forget you can donate to James through the Just Giving Page

 










Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Here I am Harry Haggis


Well I must say after coming down from Scotland it wasn't easy to get across the border but yes here I am in England.  I was going to go with James but when I got over the border the language was so.so.so.so.so different for some reason they were gannon doon tha Scotswood road to see tha Blaydon Races well I didn't know what to think of it so I have been hiding in the car with Bill and Michelle.  The last thing I want is to be deported back to Scotland when I haven't had the chance to see the Palm Trees and blue sea around Canvey Island .  Today, James is in Whitley Bay after an 82.9 mile slog against the winds coming in off the North Sea.  Better go for now and see you soon.



Monday, 10 June 2019

Day Seven - Berwick to Whitley Bay


Day Seven from Berwick to Whitley Bay.  It was good for James to make contact with Chris from the Rotary Club of Berwick-upon-Tweed who would be accompanying him for part of the journey. It is always good to have a companion when cycling those long miles especially heading down the North Sea Coast past Holy Island ending eventually at Whitley Bay.  Today the weather is dry but apparently the wind is pretty strong - it will get stronger especially when going past Hogwarts and having to watch out for the dementa's and he who should not be named.  Harry Haggis will be able to pop in and discover his namesake at Alnwick (Harry Potter.  Watch out for flying Anglia's and broomsticks and don't forget to recover the Philosopher's stone.  Have a good day.






There is one thing missing from these photographs and that is a little creature who is having the adventure of his life - yes I hear you all asking - Where Is Harry Haggis, did he get across the border - has he been left in the wilderness - has he run off with the highland cows or Nessie we will just have to wait.

Day Twelve - Stansted Mountfitchet to Canvey Island - The Last Leg

Tomorrow  James will be starting off at 06:00 from Chimneys in Stansted Mountfitchet he will head towards Writtle Village gree...