2 weeks today – Pacific Ocean, California.
When I signed up last year, May 2016 seemed a long way off and there was so much time to get myself prepared for the trip of a lifetime. Now, with only 2 weeks to go, I realise just how quickly time goes by and the stark realisation that in 2 weeks time I will be in California and setting off from Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, next stop Boston, Massachusetts.
The past 2 weeks have been hectic – final training, purchasing the remaining bits and pieces, work and if that was not enough, learning 21 methods for a peal attempt of Spliced Delight Minor at St Agatha’s, Portsmouth!
Training was completed last weekend (17th) with a final 104 mile ride to Shoreham-by-Sea and back. It was a great day, dry but with a strong westerly breeze that made the homeward journey interesting but I managed a good 13.8 mph moving average which I was very please with given the distance. It was made more enjoyable by having Ben for company for most of the ride. It’s quite amazing what a difference having someone to talk to makes whilst pounding the road and I am looking forward to cycling with my new found friends in the US. The bike will now be cleaned, given a final checkover and then packed by Hargroves Cycles, Fareham next Saturday morning.
Having all the right equipment and accessories to have a successful and trouble free trip is of paramount importance and yesterday was spent in Fareham and later Southampton purchasing and ticking off the few remaining outstanding items. I’m now finally at the end of the list although no doubt there will be some last minute panic purchases over the next few days.
On the work front, there is only 5 days left and this too has be a busy week as I handover pieces of work that my colleagues will pick up whilst I am away. During the week I had a good conversation with Employee Communications and hopefully a message about my forthcoming ride will be issued to all EMEA employees very shortly. In addition, an AT&T cycle jersey should be on its’ way to me which I will use to publicise AT&T as I pass through the various states on my journey across the US.
If all the above wasn’t hectic enough last Thursday evening we attempted a peal at St Agatha’s of 21 Spliced Surprise Minor. Sadly, it was not a success although we did spend a couple of hours practicing the various methods for another attempt sometime in the future.
Finally, sponsorship continues to trickle in and I have reached the half way point of my attempt to raise £5,000 for Dorothy House and Naomi House & Jacksplace. It’s just amazing the amount of support I am receiving from family and friends and I have no doubt that I will reach the target I set without too much difficulty.