The adventure of our cycling challenge continues. There is a dreadful smell in our room.
The YHA corridor does smell of socks, but this is stronger.
And then we identify the source …Mark’s shoes. They are immediately banished to the toilet. Now we only feel like retching when we go in there. 🤢
Someone captured the official YHA warning notice about toilets…
Our morning routine has begun and our newbies, Charli, Dave and Lucy, are learning the chicken dance.
Suki doesn’t want to be left out from the fun.
Ian to Olivia and Kana: “you look like sister.”
Errrr, Ian this may be the way to get in Olivia’s good books but Kana is horrified.
Daily briefing with farewells for those going home. Pay attention those newbies.
How do you think Lucy is feeling about the day?
She says she’s seriously worried …she knows her dad’s reputation.
Because of cyclist departures and arrivals we have new teams.
The newly formed North Plus has been renamed Team Chromosome Y by Charli.
Suki says Team Wise Owls look those they’re going to be fun…
Farewell lovely Laura. You deserve your medals …and remind me of Mark Spitz.
Bill’s been doing a few foot rotations to warm up his feet …getting ready to get on the train home, he says 😉
Harry is also ready to ride to the station. You look like a donkey.
Go Stephen, lead the way for “Team Y”.
I head off along the route to get ahead and take photos. But I hadn’t anticipated the speed of Team Y …at least 20 mph on the flat.
They race past me..,
The smell and happy chatter of testosterone is palpable. Formation is tight. #BritishCycling
Ten minutes later a waving, smiling Team Wise Owl zip by.
BTW I’m not saying the Wise Owls we’re slow. They weren’t. Just not like the Chromosome Y MACHINE (…and no sexism intended either for any PC police reading this.)
We’re in Yorkshire. It’s beautiful.
The first stop is an early lunch stop on the edge of North Yorkshire Moors,
Suddenly Mrs G picks up a bicycle and starts haring around…
Mrs G:”This is easy! What’s all the fuss about?”
Ready to hit the hills. Extra bananas on board…
Off again for the Moors 😱
10 minutes later we get a message that there’s been a collision. There’s a phone call. They are just taking a moment to pause.
A few minutes later Ann Attwood calls. Stephen is hurt and needs picking up.
The small van (me) heads off to the rescue. Slightly nervous.
There’s been a pile-up when one of the cyclists turned right suddenly and two others crashed into him. Poor Stephen went over. BANG. Hard onto his side.
He is being extremely brave but doesn’t look well. Hers made of such grit that he tried to cycle on.
It’s off to A&E at James Cook Hospital, which has a trauma centre.
Stephen and Ann’s journey is at the end of the red line…
I’m driving really carefully in these little lanes and at the same time trying to go fast. Slightly anxious with my patient on board. Once we hit A19 I put my foot down.
Two doctors in the group (and Stephen himself) think he’s fit to travel by car. Ambulance would take ages. However we will stop and call one if his breathing changes.
Stephen is in a lot of pain. Ann is reassuring.
Next stop A&E. NEEE NAW NEEE NAW 🚑
MEANWHILE back in the N Yorkshire Moors the cyclists are all grouped as one now. There’s a hill.
See the RED LINE. That’s the profile.
What’s the face, Lucy?
“I’ve been lied to. We’ve cycled up a cliff. I’m never going to smile again. Ever!”
Lucy is either pretending to enjoy herself after all or just spotted the camera. 😉🤣
Encouragement along the way…
Even the bikes need a rest at the top.
Celebrate the achievement, Dave & Charli.
Charlis knee has been strapped up for a couple of weeks following an injury whilst training. She’s doing well. 💪
The views are spectacular.
One, two, three, four sheep!
At A&E we’ve all had THE LECTURE about calling 999. We didn’t know there was an air ambulance and Stephen doesn’t think we could have got to the hospital quicker. (It took me 36 mins so he was treated an hour after the incident).
Ann has been telling people about Toucan. You’re a legend, Ann. Will nothing stop you?
One CT scan and a dose of morphine later he is discharged.
In case you’re wondering the images are supplied by the Attwood’s and the story is shared with their permission.
We drive to Osmotherley YHA. Carefully.
He’s smiling, even with 3 broken ribs and significant bruising.
Some alternative treatment is offered to glue him back together.
Other brands are available.
Two other cyclists were hurt and bear the cuts and bruises. We don’t want them to feel left out but they are fine.
Jelly babies were also seen to take a tumble. But no jelly babies were harmed in the making of this blog.
Stephen and Ann are going home. Thunderbird 4 is driving them.
They have achieved a massive amount cycling Canterbury – York and beyond!
We are all praying for a speedy recovery and they go with our love and huge respect. 🙏❤️
Support team have been super busy. You guys are amazing 😘
There’s just a bit of time for a some peace and Candy Crush to relax before dinner.
Your blogger is busy blogging, which looks like this… ☺️
Kana is he and sent us the above. She’s getting lots of comments like: ‘we can’t believe you did it.’
YOU DID IT, girl! Well done.
Olivia sent us this…
She’s at home relaxing and celebrating the last 300+ miles. 😆
Lucy is… well … telling us: “it’s been horrific. I’ll never smile again. Or laugh. I’ve been robbed of all joy.”
Tomorrow is the last day. Will our brave cyclists make it from Moors – Durham – Newcastle???
A strange thing happened in the night. Churchill the dog has gone missing …and it looks like this green bear is chewing on him. 😱
Martin, what on Earth is going on?
I’m quite happy today. Snaffled some blackberries, one of my 5-a day.
I am very sad about Stephen and Ann. Some frightening moments today.
I’m sending up special dog prayers. They are powerful! (There’s a reason dog is god spelled backwards. )
Also dear readers. One of our Cambridge team was talking to a couple about Toucan and how brilliant the App is.
As they chatted the guy downloaded the App yo take a look. Whoop.
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