The next adventure

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Hello to everyone who is still signed up to follow this site. Can I please say how much it meant to me that so many people followed my adventure in 2015. The journey was the experience of a lifetime – unforgettable, emotional, and still something I think about often. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s messages and support. One day I think I’ll go back again…

I’d like to point you in the direction of my next project: Land’s End to John O’Groats in the UK, starting at the end of July this year. Here is my blog about it – 1000moremiles.wordpress.com

This time I am raising money solely for the charity WAY Widowed and Young, which has helped me so much over the last three years. If you can, please donate to WAY on my fundraising page. Every day, someone else sadly finds themselves in need of help after losing their partner at a young age.

One of the highlights of crossing the USA was messages of support from friends, family, and even strangers, via my blog – 32,000 site views! When I set off from Land’s End next month I hope to post each day, so please sign up and follow me if you’d like to.

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Riding home – on the train

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imageIt feels as if a lot of things have come full circle. I remember my day out on the train from San Francisco before I set off. And now here I am, riding along the Hudson River on the Amtrak ‘Lake Shore Ltd’ route. It’s very scenic, but it’s very wet weather. There have been thunderstorms over New Jersey and New York today. Staten Island has had flash floods. Read the rest of this entry »

New York

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imageYesterday I rode nearly 45 miles north to Central Park, south over the Brooklyn Bridge, and down to the ocean at Coney Island. It was an amazing way to see the city. I was conscious I didn’t want to spend my only free day here doing all the tourist traps. And it’s fantastic being in a big city without needing taxis, trains, buses, and all the hassle of the crowds. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 51 – The End!

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Morristown NJ to New York NY

imageI’ve made it to New York! I can’t find words for how it felt to get to the sea. A strange mix of overwhelming achievement and elation, combined with intense sadness for what’s missing. That’s a lot to have in your head.
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Day 50 – I’m here in Morristown: no thanks to AT&T

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Wind Gap to Morristown, New Jersey

Crossing the Delaware
Crossing the Delaware

Almost in my last state. I crossed into New Jersey this morning. I’m so near to New York I could have got there today. But it will be busy and urban so I wanted to make it a short, easy ride into the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 49 – Are we nearly there yet?

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Bloomsburg to Wind Gap

Back on a cycle route at last
Back on a cycle route at last

Still time to vote for me in the Mountain Warehouse challenge. Votes close on 7 September. You can vote here

Well really, this is a bit silly. I’m trying to cycle fewer miles each day and not doing it very well. What was supposed to be a 60ish mile day ended at nearly 80 and I barely arrived any earlier than yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 48 – A long way from Silicon Valley

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State College to Bloomsburg

A day of cloudy skies and rolling fields
A day of cloudy skies and rolling fields

Still time to vote for me – just… Vote here

My knees are sore, and after only one day back on the bike, the saddle is as uncomfortable as it was before my week off. But I’ve been buoyed by the beautiful scenery. And I’m getting so close to New York I actually need not to go too far tomorrow in case I get too close. I’ve booked a hotel for Tuesday and there’s no point turning up Monday! Read the rest of this entry »