For those of you who’ve been following the story of my trip you’ll know there have been a number of ups and downs… and I haven’t even left yet!
Originally I signed up for a supported world cycle trip – it was cancelled. I found a new cycle partner – John – and some bad news looked like it would mean the trip was hold once again. However, despite this early rollercoaster all is now moving ahead at quite a pace.
In the past two weeks my mother’s latest hospital appointment and a buyer coming forward for my house in Bristol have all meant I have felt confident that we could at last book flights and make the trip we have been planning since January, when WCC was cancelled, a reality! So, it’s happening and on July 7th John and I will fly out to Seattle for the start of our adventure.
Ironically, given all that has transpired since January and a need to now be home at Christmas I now wonder whether I would have had to pull out of the main cycle challenge. Instead, I have already made a new friend, am going to countries of our choosing and am thoroughly enjoying the planning element as opposed to just turning up.
Last weekend, while I was at my ma’s following her appointment, John travelled up to meet the folks. They were both keen to meet him before we head off- I may be 37 but I’m still their little girl! Of course, it’s hard to get a picture of someone in a few hours but having spent much more time chatting and discussing plans I feel more and more at ease about the trip and my cycle buddy. They will just have to trust me on this one though I hope having met the person I will be spending much of the next year or so with they are a little more at ease too.
We followed lunch with the reverse trip – heading to Stokenchurch to meet John’s pals and ma and join the Sunday cycle the following day.
I had already become on-line friends with some of his pals but it was great to put faces to names and I’m looking forward to introducing them, and John, to my Edinburgh pals during Edinburgh marathon weekend.
There is of course still much to but the countdown really is on… 10 weeks to go! Best get on….!!!