As I had expected managing my eating and drinking is the hardest part of this challenge and a stark reminder that my body is not the same after cancer treatment. This goes for all the people I have spoken to who have had cancer.
Much as at times I crave to gorge on a large meal when I like, of whatever I fancy, I have to remember that I am lucky, and focus on what I can do, not on what I can’t.
Day 8 – Friday 26th July. – Llanwrst to Coppull. Reverse(ish) of day 5. 100+ miles (but no gadgets today to confirm).
Again it has been a day of parts (but not many pictures)…..
Part 1 – Cross country through Wales to Connell’s Quay (where I met with Matt and Tess). The roads were winding, rolling, hedges high and views plentiful. At times I plummeted down steep one lane roads to forgotten Welsh villages, all under the watchful eye of a buzzard – or was it a dragon in disguise?
Part 2 – Connell’s Quay to Birkenhead ferry. The first part of this I followed Matt and Tess on the tandem; Tess with her dress billowing under a Wheelbase top.
Part 3- Birkenhead to a lead back to Coppull with Darren.The scary part! I was fully ready to swallow the tracker if anything really bad happened but I didn’t need to- I just rode pretty fast and gripped my handlebars tightly. Darren & Alison tracked me down and I had a great lead back to the sanctuary of the Fishwick’s.
Today gave me a bit of thinking time – I thought about all the people who are going through cancer treatment; finished it; or are coming to terms with the after affects. I thought about their families and their journey’s, for what I am doing is nothing compared to them – I have chosen this challenge and I am loving it. Some people are going headlong into a total unchosen, and often unknown challenge. That is where Cancercare are so amazing – they can provide support where the NHS can not, which is so important for those who are alone or don’t have support networks or who are struggling. Cancer Research UK will hopefully help to find ways to keep improving treatments, cures and screening.
Day 7 – Thursday 25th July. Snowden Summitted (2 down, 1 to go).
I’m having a proud mum moment – Tess (age 7) got to the top of Snowden. We all had a great, memory making day. Naturally, there were plenty of stops, random games, quizzes and story telling. Matt excels himself at such times making up stories starring guinea pigs (Tess has one!).
I biked to Pen y Pass to meet them, but sometimes I have ‘foresight failure’ as i didn’t really check the route before. It was pretty much 12 miles of uphill on tired legs at 7.30am. I had to play the ‘Araf’ game on my own – never the same! Next time you are in Wales, check the road marking and give it a go.
Writing this now, I feel quite relaxed and good easily slip into chilled family camping holiday mode, but with 100 miles back to the Fishwick’s sanctuary tomorrow, I can. Liverpool alone – will i make it out again at the other side? The challenge of this adventure is on!
P.S. Here’s a little video from the summit.
We are going up Scafell Pike on Monday (29th), leaving Wasdale campsite at 9am, aiming to be at the top by 12. It would be great to have folk join us or see you along the way. Right where’s my map and ‘post- its’??? …….