It’s time to explore
Since March 2020, with International travel a dim distant memory, there’s never been a better time to explore The British Isles and the diverse landscapes she offers.
After over 2 years of non-stop training for big events, I’ve decided to spend more time exploring by bike in my own time.
And so, in my 55th year on this planet, I’ve decided on a new 365 day challenge. Beginning on my birthday, in June, I’ve decided that over the next year I am going to cycle in EVERY county in England. So that’s 47 counties to ride in the next 12 months.
Some rides might be road events, others might be off-road exploring. Rides may be long or short, and it will simply be a case of what feels right at the time.
Just the idea of this, fills me with joy, and I’m so excited to see more of our great country.
Of course, I won’t be stopping with England, as I intend also to complete Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland….as well as Britain’s Islands over the next 2-3 years.
You can see my progress to date on the map below, which I shall update as I explore the country
I will continue my journey to raise money for Solent Mind, and also for mental health awareness. I also hope to visit all 8 Regional Mind centres once they re-open again
Naturally I’ll be blogging about my adventures in each county, and I hope over time to build up a lovely picture of the best of each area that I get to cycle in.
If you have a mental health story to share with me, and how cycling has really helped you, then please get in touch. I’d love to talk to you, and maybe share your story.
From the blog
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