Day 19 Boat of Garten to Nairn

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

A respite from the miles today and it felt like a holiday in the utterly glorious weather. We opted for a more leisurely approach (albeit in attitude not necessarily speed!) and plotted an indirect route that took us past spectacular scenery including he Lochindorb.

Going Forth to Tay! It's not every day you cycle over two of Britain's great engineering marvels - the Forth and Tay Bridges, but to Tay we did, from the Forth on the 24th!

Day 15 Kelso to Edinburgh

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Week 3! Can't believe I have cycled for two weeks already. Today was a short 41mile ride to Edinburgh - such a beautiful city with the castle and Royal Mile tapering down to the Mound where we had a BeethoVan concert. Had to usurp the bagpipe player and I am not sure who's side the tourists were on, but he was glad of an extended lunch break and time to tune his pipes.

Day 14 Dumfries to Kelso

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Another glorious day as I set off for an 80mile ride. Who said it always rains in Scotland?! Today's route took me through some of the remotest territory in the UK, up to the exquisite Eskdalemuir and then a long descent through coniferous forests which afforded me cool shade from the dazzling sunshine.

Day 13 Keswick to Dumfries

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Lucky no. 13 as I awoke to this most tranquil and exquisite of lakescapes which bode well for the day ahead. I definitely am a fair weather cyclist and the sun really lifted my spirits. Skiddaw looms over everything within its reaches and seems to jut up towards the sky - a real giant of a mountain!

My favourite day so far as finally a tail-wind and some sunny weather! I have had so many days of headwinds that I take it as a matter of course that's its blowing from wherever I am going!

Miles more money raised

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I have now cycled over 600 miles and we have raised £6000! Hopefully we'll continue raising £1000 for every 100 miles further I go! Thanks to everyone who has generously donated. My faith in the spirit of British people is strong as have seen many examples of strangers coming up to us to hand us money - and even ladies kissing me!

Day 11 Clitheroe to Swaledale

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It takes 3 to Tandem! Was fortunate today that I got a buffer from the north-easterly wind in the form of a couple who joined me on a tandem for this leg.

Day 10 Manchester to Clitheroe

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The official halfway point but as I have to cycle further to fit in venues, for me it's only 537 of 1250 miles! Was grateful to be joined by Gramophone editor Martin Cullingford today as we ventured into the heart of the north.

A day off - err well I did have a concert! But no cycling, so from here on, a day without cycling 80 miles will always be a day off!