Well after a few nights in my own bed, I am now well and truly rested and strangely eager to get out on my bike again! You wouldn’t think so after riding non-stop for 37 days. Everyone gets different things from exercise and cycling but for me being out on my bike helps me stay motivated and energised.
Now I’m back I can reflect on what has been a great little trip around Britain. Certainly some of the best cycling in terms of scenery was in North West Scotland, very rugged and mountainous which is a landscape that I am fond of, it also has a very close resemblance to some parts of America that I have cycled through.
Although there are some fairly flat parts of the country, I can honestly say that Britain in general is pretty hilly, or at least I thought it was!
My cycle around Britain reminded me just how many kind generous people really are out there. In the same way I experienced when I was cycling around the world, so many people I didn’t even know but had friends of friends etc were taking me in and letting me stay with them for the night, as I passed through their town or city.
Although I didn’t cycle around the world again, I am now physically very close to being back in similar shape to when I returned from the world cycle. It feels great to be fit again!
I need to say a big thanks to my friend Anthony who provided a fantastic tracking solution for me, I know a lot of you were monitoring my progress in real time as I cycled around the country. It also enabled quite a few people to come out and find me which was just brilliant. I do need to say a massive thank you to everyone that made the effort to come out and cycle with me, some did an hour and others stayed with me for days. It was a real pleasure having you along and you all know who you are!
While I’m thanking people I need to thank everyone who has kindly made a donation to Over The Wall. They are a great charity helping very sick children. If you haven’t donated yet you can do so here http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/overthewall/roundbritainrow Thanks in advance guys!
So the question I am getting now…What’s Next?
Well, long term I am working on a massive project in 2018, details will be released in 2017. Short term I will carry on with some endurance cycling and have a few little trips planned.
This weekend I am speaking at the South West Outdoor Festival on Saturday. All the details can be found here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/swof
My bike and complete set up that I used to cycle around Britain will be on display at the Bike show this weekend at the NEC http://www.cycleshow.co.uk Head over to the Vaaru stand J42. I will be there on Friday.
A full video on my round Britain bike and set up will be available next week. Be sure to follow me on twitter @CaptainKetch for all the updates.
Out for now guys