Sunday, 30 September 2007
Well, what a weekend.
Took part in a sponsored cycle ride to help with raising money for educational materials in Zimbabwe. I'm quite proud as it was the fact of me sending a link from the Grauniad to an expat Zim colleague at work which inspired him to organise the ride.
We went along the Thames Path from Richmond to Windsor (about 30 miles) with a brief stop at Walton-on-Thames. In all, it took about 3 and a half hours, and it was a stonking day. There was only one English person there other than me, with the rest comprised of Kiwis, Aussies and Zims. About 20 riders started out. I was handsomely supported at Hampton Court, bunting was strung from the bridge and a brass band played Kumbaya as we free-wheeled past. Then we stopped off at Walton for a burger and then on we went. One had to take an alternative route due to unsuitable tyres and one developed a puncture just outside Windsor, but a replacement bike was found, and she was able to complete the course. Two of the people on the ride had their bikes stolen (don't I know how that feels?) the night before we started out, but managed to hire some in time. I felt pretty knackered yesterday, but not too bad this morning. I will be posting a Flickr pool tomorrow, but here are a couple of shots:
On top of that, the best City performance for 30 years! Oh yes!!