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Darren Cutts

London to Andorra (and beyond) by Velocipede

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My story

[lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation blah de blah de blah....... you've read it all before but here's the important bit......[/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]img style="vertical-align: baseline;" title="London to Andorra" src="http://www.dazman.info/Vel.gif" alt="London to Andorra" width="400" height="78" /[gt][/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b][span=font-family: 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; font-size: small;]Click [/span][url=http://www.dazman.info/blog/blog6.php]HERE [/url][span=font-family: 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; font-size: small;]to read the blog of the trip.[/span][/b][/p][p][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][b]The Rationale....[/b][/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][b][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt]When I'd just finished my first day back at work, after 15 months "career break" of doing very little other than travelling and watching cBeebies, I was looking around the office I felt something was missing. I need a challenge, something to aim for, something with the right amount of crazy but with an equal amount of achievement.  However, I also wanted to avoid backpacking as I'd spent 13 months on stinky busses and trains travelling from the UK to New Zealand overland. So, I came up with a plan for my next little adventure.[/span][/b][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][b][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt]I hit on the idea of visiting the one last country in Europe I have left to visit, but[/span][/b][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][b][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt] instead of backpacking I'll be getting there under my own steam and hopefully making the achievement of "the full set" of countries special by cycling from London to Andorra, the final elusive country![/span][/b][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=color: #000000;] [/span][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][b]The Bike....[/b] [/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt] [/span][lt]/span[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt]Just to make it a little harder I'm doing the journey on a 1920's style bike which has the completely wrong frame, setup and just 5 rubbish gears which are not for climbing hills. It also weighs over twice as much as a standard bike and that's without luggage![/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]img title="Pashley" src="http://www.dazman.info/Pash11.jpg" alt="Pashley" width="400" height="293" /[gt][/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][b]The little bit of support....[/b] [/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt]I[/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; background-color: #000000; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; color: #000000; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #000000;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt]t's going to be a challenge and one which will be physically difficult to achieve, partly thanks to the distance, and the massive climb over the Pyrenees, but not as challening as some other things life puts in your way.  To this end I'll be cycling in support of the charity SHHiRT, for more information please see [url=http://www.shhirt.org.uk/]HERE[/url]. It's a really worthwhile charity and a little known condition that really needs support so please give a little something if you can.[/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=color: #000000;][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="text-transform: none; background-color: #000000; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; display: inline !important; font: small 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; white-space: normal; float: none; color: #000000; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #000000;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt]Click [url=http://www.dazman.info/blog/blog6.php]HERE [/url]to read the blog of the trip.[/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][p][span=font-weight: bold; font-family: 'Zapf Chancery', 'Comic Sans MS', cursive; font-size: small;]The Challenge....[/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]1.[/b][/span][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';] Starting on Sunday 28th September 2014.[/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]2.[/b] Cycling from London and through the entire length of France... plus a bit more.....[/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]3.[/b] Have no planned route or timetable so will just see where the roads and my legs take me....[/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]4.[/b] Likely to be sleeping in random fields and park benches on the way down as due to the nature of the cycle I'll have no idea where I'll be each evening....[/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]5.[/b][/span][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';] A climb over the Pyrenees on a rubbish bike! [/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]6.[/b][/span][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';] If I get to Andorra within time, I may continue to Barcelona depending on donations.... [/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]7.[/b][/span][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';] The route, with stops for touristy stuff will easily break the 1000 mile (1600km) mark. Barcelona would add even more (150 miles).[/span][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][b]8.[/b] I've learned the French "M[lt]span[gt]onsieur policier, mon vélo a été volé!" just in case I need it![/span][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; text-align: center; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][span=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';][lt]span style="margin: 10pt 0cm; line-height: 11.65pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"[gt][lt]span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS';"[gt][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt][lt]img title="Pashley London" src="http://www.dazman.info/Pash12.jpg" alt="Pashley London" width="400" height="557" /[gt][/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

28 Sep 2014

Charity

Supporters

Nov 8, 2014

DWW

Well done Darren

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2014

Lorna and Chris

Great job you ****!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 29, 2014

Carl's Mum

What a guy.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 29, 2014

Tzany and Carl

Great stuff. We obviously wanted to make sure you completed the ride before donating!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 23, 2014

Abrar & Ray

Well done

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 20, 2014

The Landlord

Saddle sore?

£10.00

Oct 18, 2014

Adam

Well done Darren, what an adventure.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 15, 2014

Liz R

Hope it's been a good journey, better than the alternative of AVH anyway! When are you back?!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2014

Chris Harvey

Well done Darren, hope both Bike and Man return to the UK in one piece (respectively! though guess that could easily happen on a journey such as yours!) Post cards pease!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 12, 2014

Mark B

I wish i could have done a £ /mile

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid