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Pete n' Nick cycle around Iceland for Reach! 9th to 26th June 2010

Fundraising for Reach, The Association for Children with Hand or Arm Deficiency

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Reach, The Association for Children with Hand or Arm Deficiency

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We completed our trip on the 24th June after 15 day cycling and 847 miles - Phew!!

Check out our article on The Icelandic Tourist Board's website for some great photo's of our trip http://www.ablogabouticeland.com/around-iceland-on-two-wheels/  or our own website at http://www.aroundiceland.co.uk/

Volcanos, Eruptions, Ash Clouds and Lava won't stop us! So long as we can get there we will complete this adventure!! Currently all airports are OPEN.

Thanks for taking the time to see just how Nutz Pete and Nick are! Going June 9th to 26th 2010

 

I took a large swig of a very palatable red wine at my very own 41st birthday bbq, looked across the table and said to Nick "Do you fancy doing a charity bike ride that's a bit more extreme than the London to Brighton?" He took a similarly large swig and replied without a second thought "Yes, where do you want to go?" I hadn't thought this far ahead, although somewhere hot and sunny appealed to the extreme adventurer in me, so I turned the question back on him with a glib "Don't mind, any ideas?" Waving his fork with a very well cooked pork and apple sausage in the air he said "How about Iceland?"

Everyone's eyes were on me; the tension mounted.... I replied "yes" a little weakly because inside I was thinking 'isn't it cold wet and  very windy and aren't some of the roads little more than gravel tracks and doesn't everybody live in Reykjavik?' Nick warmed to the idea and said "I think there's a road that goes virtually the whole way around Iceland and up in the North we'll be lucky to see 100 cars a day."

"What's the weather like and how far is it?" I asked casually.  Rather too precisely Nick replied "845 miles and if we're lucky it might hit 18 degrees c."

"If we're not?" I said less casually.

 "Horizontal rain, the chance of snow in the North and wind you wouldn't believe" I took another very large swig of red wine and said "OK lets go!"

Take a look (after you've donated) at our web page www.aroundiceland.co.uk or find us on facebook by searching "Reach around Iceland" and become a fan.

Deciding on the charity was a lot easier as we both have a friend called Charlotte Fielder  who has written a book called "Shared Experiences" which is available on the REACH website www.reach.org.uk. All the profits from this book are going to REACH the charity for Children with Hand or Arm deficiency. If she can do that we can help too, we thought.  On top of that, they're a small charity and we can make a real difference  to the quality of the children's and families lives. So go on, help us help REACH.  We really don't mind how big or small your donation is - it all helps.  Just remember how hard this ride is going to be so please give what you can NOW!

The following companies (in no particular order) are helping us with equipment or support.

http://www.satmap.com/
http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/default.html

http://www.cyclesdauphin.com/

http://www.oxss.co.uk/

http://www.theoutdoorshop.com/

http://www.cyclesense.co.uk/

http://www.prestigeweddingfairs.co.uk/

http://www.fielderphotography.co.uk/

http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/

http://www.icelandair.co.uk/

 

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Ps. We're going 9th to 26th June 2010

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