Cycling above the Clouds

Riding the Andes by Bicycle

Getting ready for the off!

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Finally I got around to sorting out this much requested blog so please be patient with me whilst I play a bit of catchy-uppy…

Looking back to 2 weeks ago in Blighty… flat decorated – tick (thanks Dad!), flat let – tick, work finished – tick, bike ready – tick, kit ready – tick, farewells done – tick. Months of planning all now seems a million miles away!

So what’s this all about? The big plan is to cycle the length of South America. To make the most of the seasons I’ll start in Cusco – Peru, then ride down through Bolivia and Chile to Ushuaia at the very south of the continent. If all goes well, I’ll then transfer back up north to ride through Colombia, Ecuador and back to Peru. 9 months and 11,000km in total, give or take.

I’ll be riding to raise funds for two wonderful charities – Hope & Homes for Children, and The Bike Project. If you think it’s worthwhile, check out more info on the ‘Donate’ tab or simply go straight here:

For those in the UK: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/Sarah_Brindley

Outside the UK: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-brindley

I’ll be joined for the first leg from Cusco – La Paz of 800km or so by the wonderful Sara-Ann, who was game enough to come and join me on this hair-brained plan. Also by my Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike – now christened Snarky Puppy (named after one of my favourite jazz bands, but I think quite apt given she’s still relatively young but comes with some hardy grit). Needless to say, I wouldn’t want to be starting without either one.

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Training on The Weald

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Volunteering at The Bike Project

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Snarky Puppy fully loaded

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Packed and ready for 3 flights…ever to be seen again???

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