Category Archives: E2E2005

Tavistock to Taunton: 6th July 78 miles

21 days in July – the 2005 Douglas Bader Foundation E2E ride re-blogged

Ok, so I said the hills yesterday were tough, today we went over Dartmoor to Exeter to meet the local press and radio at the Exeter Disablement Centre. Well, needless to say we were late by about 2 hours and we didn’t leave there until about 4pm. In the afternoon we rode over the Blackdown Hills to Taunton arriving at the Hotel at 8:40 – 7h45m in the saddle, this must have been the toughest day.

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St Austell to Tavistock: 5th July 44 miles

21 days in July – the 2005 Douglas Bader Foundation E2E ride re-blogged

Grand start to the day. The ‘landlord’ of the B&B we stayed in last night reneged on the agreed price and started haggling for more money per head. Turned out he is not VAT registered, refused to give a signed receipt, and would only accept cash. Hmm, draw your own conclusions. What a lovely chap… Anyway, once on the road it started raining and it didn’t stop until about 4pm. Not many chances for photo’s today! The route took us over the southern part of Bodmin Moor and the hills were relentless. Only 44 miles today but the amount of climbing and the steepness of some of the hills really did wear you down. The upside was that although we were soaked we were very very warm! One picture I got today was Adrian on his handcycle in a rare dry(ish) spot. I’m now convinced that Dave and Adrian will make it all the way to John O’Groats. The bike Adrian’s riding is Dave’s old one – not as swish as the “stealth” version above but still a nice machine. Adrian Cornwall done – tomorrow Dartmoor…

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Penzance to St Austell: 4th July 48 miles

21 days in July – the 2005 Douglas Bader Foundation E2E ride re-blogged

You’ve heard of the record attempt for how many people you can fit into a mini? How about how many people, limbs, wheelchairs and baggage you can get into a 6 bunk dorm which even when empty only has a walkway wide enough for one person at a time. Now imagine everyone’s finally managed to clamber into their bunks – and 5 minutes later the one at the end needs a leak…

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Land’s End to Penzance: 3rd July 20 miles

21 days in July – the 2005 Douglas Bader Foundation E2E ride re-blogged Lands End 1 - Version 2

Following a team talk from the Chair of the Douglas Bader Association, from Lady Bader, and from Phil Yates, the MD of the sponsor Otto Bock UK, sixteen of us set off from Penzance to the start proper at Land’s End. The total mileage for the day was 32, but counting only the miles back to the Youth Hostel in Penzance we’ve covered 20 miles on the first stage of the End to End. Not a bad ploy I think – gives everyone a chance to get into the swing of it and, for some, to get used to riding in a group. We have 6 lower limb amputees, 2 handcyclists, 1 upper limb amputee and 7 able bodied riders – a varied range of abilities. Tomorrow is billed as 48 miles of scenic opportunities…

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