Touring England's Cathedrals (Part 1)
In lieu of our postponed ride across the USA, we are going to do a circular tour of all the cathedrals in England. Officially, the route starts in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but the logistics for us mean we will start in Truro on 3 September 2021. And these are the cathedrals we will visit (in order): Truro, Exeter, Wells, Bristol, Oxford, Gloucester, Hereford, Worcester, Coventry, Birmingham, Lichfield, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Blackburn, Carlisle, Newcastle, Durham, Ripon, York, and Bradford.
Each day we will cycle on average 54 miles (we are grandads!) and will be having overnight stays in Launceston, Exeter, Wells, Cirencester, Oxford, Gloucester, Worcester, Coventry, Lichfield, Chester, Manchester, Bentham (Forest of Bowland), Penrith, Hexham, Durham, Ripon, and York.
Now, if you are interested in the precise route, then check out this link: https://www.cyclinguk.org/cathedrals-cycle-route-challenge Click on the appropriate route (e.g., Oxford to Gloucester), and it will give you the route details. If you happen to live in (or near) any of those places, maybe you could look out for us, and cheer us on!
We will complete the second part in May 2022.
The reason for our riding is to raise money for @Cancer Research UK. Just as we have seen how a concerted effort in research and science made an enormous difference for Covid-19, we believe the same, if not more, effort should be put into cancer. It is the largest cause of death for people aged 1 and above.
We're aiming to raise £250,000. To be honest, we'd like to raise £1,000,000! Who hasn't been affected by cancer in one way or another? And who wouldn't like to see better treatments and greater chances of survival (particularly for young people)?
Thanks for your on-going support. It really makes a difference, especially to those who will benefit from the vital work of Cancer Research UK. And if you'd like to give us practical support (a meal on the way, a bed for the night, etc.) drop us a line...