29th September 2013
We finally made it.... at around 4.30 on Friday 27th September we rode into John O'Groats after three days on the road. The Ariels performed faultlessly and the weather was kind. Our thanks to everyone for their support and donations for the NSPCC.
21st September 2013
Just to recap..... On 14 July last year my son (Michael) and I set out from Land's End on a charity ride in aid of the NSPCC. We were riding on a pair of Ariel motorcycles (1960 Leader and Arrow) and were aiming to reach John O'Groats five days later. Unfortunately due to the sudden illness of Michael's 4 year old daughter we had to abort the trip. Now one year and a knee replacement operation later (mine not Michael's) we are about to resume the ride. The new plan is to start on Wednesday 25 September from where we left off last year at the end of Day 2 (Tarporley, Cheshire) and aim to reach John O'Groats by Friday (27th). WIFI connections permitting we will update our progress via our website at:
17th September 2012
We had hoped to have completed our trip by now but unfortunately due to Michael's demanding work commitments and a protracted and complicated house move- all still ongoing- this has not been possible. I did consider completing the journey alone but Michael is very keen to do it with me. Therefore unless his circumstances change in the near future we have no option but to postpone the trip until next Spring. We are all very disappointed that we haven't been able to complete our Land's End to John O'Groats challenge as yet but remain committed to doing so as soon as possible. We are of course aware that many people have made a donation for the NSPCC but if anyone is concerned that we haven't yet completed the trip and wish to have their money returned please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org All money received so far has been forwarded to the NSPCC.
We had hoped to have been arriving at John O'Groats sometime today (18th July) but due to completely unforeseen circumstances we had to call a halt to the trip. Day1 (Saturday) went very well, no problems or rain and we rode, as planned, from Land's End to Burnham-on-Sea (approx 200 miles). However, the following morning Michael received a call from his wife to say that their 4 year old daughter had been taken ill and was in hospital. Michael returned home immediately riding the Ariel Arrow 130 miles from just south of Bristol to Hertfordshire. Sylvia and I decided to continue our Day 2 route to Tarporley in Cheshire but it was a very difficult day as we were concerned about our granddaughter. That evening after speaking to Michael we made the decision to abort the trip for the timebeing. We are fully committed to completing the planned ride from where we left off and very much hope that we will be able to do so late August/early September.
In 2008 I rode my 1938 Rudge Ulster from John O'Groats to Land's End and raised £1,739.88 for the NSPCC. In July this year my son, Michael and I will be repeating the journey but this time from Land's End to John O'Groats. We will be riding 1960 Ariel Leader and 1960 Ariel Arrow motorcycles. The ride will start from Land's End on Saturday 14th July and we hope to arrive in John O'Groats by Wednesday 18th July.
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