Road to Frame - The Adventure Blog
8 Days Until Departure
Our 24,000 bike ride was sparking interest in charity, so we decided to cycle the world in loving memory of my best friend, Leanne Brownhill who we sadly lost in 2013, aged 26.
Here is our approximate itinerary, it is inevitable that this will change over time but should be a good rough guide to where we will be through the year.
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I have spent more than 2 years working on a 24,000 mile, turn by turn route around the entire planet. The task has been a challenge to say the least, with many countries having very poor road markings on google earth no street view I've relied heavily on satellite maps and open street maps to construct this route. I had no choice but to manually map all 3,128 miles across China as the mapping provided by Google maps is horrible inaccurate, this country alone took more than 3 month to map!
It's hard to believe, but it’s done already! The time has absolutely flown. 1022 miles travelled down the length of the UK, from John O’ Groats, Scotland to Cornwall, England. 52,537 ft climbed. (Everest is 29,000 feet!!) 88.5 hours on the bike in just over 2 weeks!
What a difference 2 well slept people makes! The sun was shining, the views were stunning and our positivity was much higher than yesterday. Overall this day was just brilliant. At 71 Miles I checked in and asked how Stew was doing - he was good. We both knew we had the mileage in us despite the challenging climbs...yesterday, 20 Miles in we weren’t sure we could deliver 30 nevermind 80!
If it was going wrong, it was going wrong today! Stew didn’t sleep as our hotel room was on the road side so it was noisy with the traffic in Bath. I was far too tired to even notice and slept like a log! Consequently, I woke up refreshed, Stew did not. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for me though I have myself a rash - all over my face!
Stew's words this morning were that he thought this would be flat as some of the route was along a river - 3300ft later we’re having lunch 2. It rained for the first time so we’ve been in our water proof jackets. In 5 hours we’d done 33 Miles. Sometimes you’ve just got to stop and eat your way through!! Hot cups of tea, cheese toasties and mammoth sausage rolls are getting us through!
The time in Ludlow was the best!! Poor Stew was run ragged around the town while I caught up with my mum and friends! He dragged the 35kg bike through Ludlow. We visited my mum at work, then as soon as we left, by chance I bumped into my brother casually driving along!
Tonight we have THE BEST host! She’s already done LEJOG and she did it in 8 days! Not only this, but she’s completed numerous Ironman triathlons and, get this - ultra triathlons including a 10 day triathlon where you do an Ironman every single day!