Spring has sprung…..(19/4/18)


Who would’ve thought that exactly 1 month ago, the uk was crippled by snowfall?!?
Today, for the first time this year, the thermometer raced into the twenties down here in sunny Devon thanks to a bout of high pressure and no noticeable wind. A stark contrast to 48hrs ago where the central heating was still in use all evening. So could this be the long-awaited spring/summer we’ve all so eagerly been waiting for? Let’s hope so.
Today, I dusted of the old touring bike and had my first ride of the year. That bike’s heavier than I remember! I don’t think that’ll be crossing France with me this autumn but by ‘eck didn’t the sun shine today? There’s tanlines on these lily-white arms as I type.

Back in 2014, I tackled LeJog (Lands End to John O’Groats). Never before had I attempted anything like it. The ride was completed alone and unsupported in 13 days. The following year, I tackled a shorter ride through France alone. Cycling alone is something I’ve always done. Why? I don’t know. My wife despises cycling so it’s never been something we’ve done together. Anyway, you only have to worry about  yourself when riding alone so I’m not complaining.

Since 2015 I’ve not done very much apart from a few charity events and a couple of half marathons. However, just recently I lost a couple of work colleagues and it got me thinking that maybe we should stop putting stuff off for retirement and get it done now because….well, you never know do you? My dream is to cycle across Europe from the Atlantic coast of France to the Black Sea but time constraints, a job and a wife have other ideas. So, as the next best thing, I’ll just cycle across one or two countries at a time. So this year, as a starter (or should I say “Hors D’oeuvre”?), I’ll be crossing France from bottom to top and onwards to London.

The 800+ mile jaunt North from the French Mediterranean coast  back to Blighty is just over 7 months away now. Plenty of time you may think? Hmmm, well It seems to me that once the age of 45 is exceeded, time speeds up and a month feels like about 3 days! So, no! Its not long really. Still lots to do – a new bike to be got, gonna get a posh cycling jersey printed too! Oh and the small thing of getting these ageing legs into a condition to take on France (and Kent too!)

Published by stevepullan170571

My name is Steve Pullan and I'm lucky enough to live in a fabulous part of the country in Devon. The moors and open countryside are on the doorstep and that lends itself to some fantastic cycling (if you don't mind the west country rain and the hills!). I've always been keen on cycling but since moving to Tavistock, my enthusiasm has hit an all-time high. In 2014, I decided to make use of it and take on the Land's End to John O'Groats challenge. I rode solo and unsupported and did intend to keep costs down by going armed with a tent and sleeping bag but due to an appalling winter and being unsure of what spring had in mind, I opted for the B&B option. The ride covered a little over 917 puncture-free miles and involved quite a few climbs both in the far north-east of Scotland and also Devon and Cornwall (I've had been reliably informed that Devon and Cornwall is by far the worst part of it and I have to say, I agree). The whole trip was completed in a leisurely 13 days with about 81 hours spent in the saddle. Each day I posted a blog on this site just to share this great experience. I also raised over £2000 for Cancer Research too. Following on from the LeJoG, the experience has given me the bug and desire to explore more on two wheels and in Aug 2015, I set off for a 6 day jaunt across the channel in France. Once off the ferry in Roscoff, I pedalled 400 odd miles to my parents' house south of Cognac in the south-west. The France2015 blog details that ride. No doubt there'll be other jaunts in Europe to come! Update: September 2018 - A solo ride from London to the Mediterranean in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity. - This ride came to a bit of a premature end after 260 miles with a knee injury. However, it is now rescheduled for 29th April 2019. Details of everything are on the blog pages. Thanks for reading.

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