Alton Webteam: September 2017
As I wake up and go through the ritual of packing and deciding what to wear and what rations to take with me for penultimate day of this extraordinary week and the final big Col de Jau today. I wanted to share a tiny bit of the journey with you.
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Epic was a word used at the briefing on Sunday evening for one of the Cols we had to climb — we have 17 in all. What's kept us pedalling this week?
Camaraderie: as a team we all have our strengths and weaknesses and as a group we all pull together and have a purpose and goal in mind — the end of our amazing journey, the Mediterranean Sea and raising the profile and work of the Trust. Our eye catching jerseys and t-shirts striking as we tour along. The team leaders James and Geoff really have done a fantastic job of getting us all on board and supporting us all the way through the last year. Organisation, training and preparations have run like clockwork with the C2C Whatsapp group.
The beauty of all that surrounds us: Open space, and at times sheer peace and quiet. We have encountered rain of biblical proportions and much grit and determination has been required. The sun has joined us and afforded us the views with spectacular scenery, sheer rock faces, forests, upland meadows and cultivated farm land with contented livestock (including bells), and much maize and lucerne. Egyptian Vultures circling with outstretched wings, red kites, buzzards, many small birds too quick to see and as for the roadside verges filled with miniature scabious, vetches of many kinds, mint, oregano, salad burnet, orchids, knapweed, Autumn crocus, gentians, heather and so much more, the heady scents of the pine forest too.
Changing weather: we've been kept alert and the regular forecast updates indicating ever changing conditions. The early days were so wet we could hardly see in front of us. Yesterday was a beautiful day.
The generosity of sponsors and individual donations has been extraordinary and so humbling. To all we say a huge thank you!!!'
Personally thank you to you for all the support along the way in so many ways!!!!
What a spectacular area we are cycling in, experiencing so many tantalising sights, sounds and smells. One cannot but be in awe of what a beautiful world we live in and need to savour and pass onto to the next generations.
Onwards for breakfast and the lessons we have learnt are topics for another time!!!!
Sarah Neish xxxx
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