In February 2017 myself , Steve and a few others planned to ride our Honda cubs from Kent to North Wales to go camping at the Dragon rally.
Steve as always was the ride leader and had planned what sounded a great route encouraging us to take an extra day off work and explore some of the high passes.
Steve mentioned a few times of a nagging pain in his shoulder blade and was worried on the lead up to leaving that due to the pain he might not be able to come. We had a long conversation that night via Facebook messenger and he decided he would load his bike and see how he felt in the morning.
The next day he felt worse and decided that he wasn't coming. The rest of the group left and Steve sent over his route for us to ride on the way back. Due to a number of breakdowns we never did ride the planned route which I saved on my phone.
I always thought we'd just do it next year with Steve leading but sadly that wasn't to be. Steve's pain got steadily worse and he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
His condition deteriorated quickly and when I was able to visit he took great comfort from talking through his adventures and long rides. Sadly Steve lost his battle with cancer in October 2017.
I've decided to ride the route he planned in his memory and to raise as much money as possible for S.t Christopher's hospice who cared for him until the end.
So in February 2018 i'll be riding my 1972 Honda cub from the isle of Sheppey in Kent up to North Wales on the Friday to camp at another rally, then on to the Dragon rally on Saturday camping again. On the Sunday I'll follow Steve's route over the passes and probably use the B&B he recommended, then Monday will be the long ride back down to Kent. Mileage should be in the region of 800 with camping gear on the back.
I can't think of a more fitting way to remember Steve and hope you can spare some cash to support me.