Uffington White Horse 2014

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10.30 AM on Saturday 27th Sept 2014. And we are off! 40 miles to go Ten miles into our trip to see the Wiltshire White Horse. Past Reading Finally the roads are quiet and we can start enjoying riding side by side The Ridgeway. A 5,000 year old trail that will take us all the way to our destination. But it’s proving to be extremely tough and exhausting. Progress is slow We are considering wild camping but Daniele is not keen at this stage 14 miles to go. I keep telling Daniele I’m very proud of him for all he’s done today. I keep my fingers crossed. At least the weather is on our side today. … and nearly cycled the 40 miles distance in one day. But he’s exhausted. His enthusiasm is wearing thin. And he replies with a weak ‘ok’ Less than 4 miles to go. My boy has achieved the unthinkable … … and nearly cycled the 40 miles distance in one day. But he’s exhausted. His enthusiasm is wearing thin. And he replies with a weak ‘ok’ We made it! We are in our new tent, at Britchcombe farm. We arrived at ten to 7. Minutes before sunset Had to pitch the tent in the dark. Now reading a bedtime story about Beasts and Knights Quite apt as we are sleeping right by Dragon Hill tonight! What a glorious morning! Daniele is still wrapped up in his camo sleeping bag. It’s nice to wake up next to him when he sleeps.He looks so peaceful! The bikes are still there too. I wonder why I ever bother with locks on these trips… While I pack up the tent and get the bikes ready for a day of sightseeing, Daniele has just made friends with the children of the neighbouring tents Daniele suggest we have a shower. I am glad he did. I now feel refreshed. And human again! Dragon Hill. Legend says this is where St George slew the dragon. Well, enough sightseeing. We are cyclists after all! So back on the bike for the return journey. First stop, the pub. For a well deserved drink and Sunday roast! Well done Daniele! my little boy just cycled 60 miles in two days facing some tough hill climbs

 

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