Paris to Swansea - The Daily diary
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We're up and on the road by 830 and ready for the 75 miles to Le Havre. We get a visit from the 'puncture fairy' 10 punctures on 6 bikes in 1 hour. That's a new record and not only that there's lots or rain around too. By the time we get to our first tea stop we are exhausted, covered in break dust and not happy. I get a chance to speak to Anwen who is the clinical psychologist with Maggies, she tells me that in the last month she's dealt with over 1000 cancer cases at Singleton hospitals Maggies centre. It brings home how much the centre is needed and how the 50 thousand pounds raised will help.
Next it's a massive hill climb and lots of guys and determination required from the riders. The second day starts to take it's toll on their weary bodies. They make a great pace though and the hundreds if messages from home of support and goodwill give lots of encouragement to keep going. Mum of 2 Katy is determined to get over the huge suspension bridge just a few miles outside Le Havre and after repairing another puncture completes the journey to rapturous applause from fellow riders. Now it's a ferry hop to Portsmouth and a 90 mile ride to Bristol to get to.
Day 1 and it's time to leave Paris. A bright early start and a team briefing on safely exiting the chaotic traffic of Paris. After a quick pic in front of the Eiffel Tower our 50 riders stay cloe together in order to make it easy to navigate the 10 miles of traffic lit north west of the city. By lunch we make good time to our first stop 50 miles outside the city boundary .
The weather is warm and sunny and we have lunch at the Garden of Monet, while Eating Sara Ivey is greeted by the driver of a British camper van in the car park. He gives a five pounds donation to Maggies as he says ' they do wonderful work there, well done.'
After a quick catchup with Siany we get going and very quickly the sunshine turns to rain, then thunder, then hail stones. The riders take it all in their stride. Lucia who works at the centre in Maggies has been training in this weather and worse back home. Having only ridden for 6 months she has 'fallen in love' with cycling she says. 'The weather today? awful! But to raise the necessary funds to keep the centre open it's worth every penny'.
Tomorrow we head for the Ferry at Le Havre. The forecast is heavy rain all day. Time to put the waterproofs on, get ready to get soggy.
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