Well it’s 8am and time to start the first leg to Newbury. I must admit to feeling a bit nervous but I have put new tyres and inner tubes on the bike, so what can possibly go wrong? It’s also the hottest September for years, so cycling next to the canals could turn out to be a real bonus.
I will be heading north west and passing the Chelsea FC training complex at Stoke D’Abernon at about 8:30 so hope to get a few pennies thrown into the donation bucket by some hard up footballers as I pass by. It’s then on to Cobham, Byfleet and the Basingstoke canal and Saturn Trail until Frimley Green for a tea break at about 10:30.
I then head off to Blackwater, Yateley, Eversley, and Mortimer for lunch at about 1:30pm before continuing to Padworth, Aldermaston Wharf, Thatcham, and Newbury. I’ve cycled most the route in various stages over the past 2-3 months so am hopeful of not getting too lost.
I have been overwhelmed with all your messages of support and generous donations, you have been absolutely brilliant.