Mary very impressively supported Leaf by riding from London to Paris. Mary has sent us some images and an insight to her amazing adventure.
‘Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.’ Gold Meir
And so it was that we set off from Blackheath in East London at 7am last Wednesday. Training began in January and I must have completed almost 2000 miles. Discover Adventure organised the trip flawlessly with water stops every 2 hours, enormous lunches, and very welcome accommodation each evening. I, along with two friends, joined by 53 others for the 353 miles to Paris – I still can’t believe that I cycled to Paris(!). Over £90,000 was raised by our group who were supporting various charities – a phenomenal amount of money and something which I felt very proud to have been a part of. Day 2 was a killer with 102 miles of flat roads through Dunkirk to Cambrai in Hauts-de-France, a very long day with a continuous 30 mile an hour head wind – even the professional cyclists said it was the hardest day they had ever cycled. On day three, we had a ‘short’ day of only 73 miles through beautiful rolling countryside, staying the night on the outskirts of the pretty town of Soissons, before heading into Paris and a rather surreal final few metres around the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysees and finally the Eiffel tower. This adventure wouldn’t have been even half as much fun without my great friends Nicky and Katie, 53 other inspirational cyclists, constant sunshine, and endless laughter. And of course, all of you, for helping me exceed my fundraising target and supporting those that are helped by LEAF.
Blackheath Common – Dover – Dunkirk. 85 miles. 6 hours 51 minutes cycling.
Dunkirk – Cambrai. 102.1 Miles. 8 Hours 21 minutes cycling.
Cambrai – Soissons. 73.3 Miles. 6 Hours 1 minute cycling.