Day 13 Keswick to Dumfries

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

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

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

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

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

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

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

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!

Day 8 Stafford to Manchester

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

Week 2! And not too week too! Practising in the BeethoVan at 6:30 felt surprisingly easy after 82 miles plus concert yesterday! Back to the big smoke today of Manchester and about an hour of gentle downhill! Ahhhhh. Although I enjoy cycling I love and live for playing with other musicians - Brahms quintet with Camerata was worth the 500 mile cycle ride on its own!

Day 7 Gloucester to Stafford

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

Enjoyed 7th day of cycling along the river Severn and we were in Severnth heaven until the weather took a turn for the worse and it was hail on earth!

The pain of rain. The rain started as we set off and my legs felt like lead after 3 days on the hills. Spirits were raised though on arrival in the picturesque town of Lechlade with a sumptuous lunch and warm welcome from the audience.

Day 5 Portland to Newbury

Posted by: Anthony Hewitt

A big detour East for the Newbury Spring Festival but they were worth it! Perfect weather and a nice tail wind which was welcome relief as I had really sore legs from the previous few days. 125km ride to Newbury and the last 20 felt like 100 but my friends from Twickenham Cycling Club pulled me in.