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Postscript

Shelter Box Visit - Wednesday 4th August

Judy & Duck

Four of us braved the early morning drizzle by train to Camborne where the poor weather persuaded us to visit the excellent little station cafe for tea & cup cakes to belatedly celebrate Steph's birthday, before setting off along pretty country lanes to Helston. The weather soon perked up & thanks to Kirby's invaluable satnav we arrived on time at the Shelterbox HQ & were given a warm welcome. We handed over our cheque & were shown an interesting background video before being taken around the warehouse. All hugely impressive & we were even given the opportunity to pack a box which 3 of us could barely push to the conveyor belts when full, let alone lift it up!

Presenting the cheque

29,000 boxes have been sent all over the world already this year, including 2,000 to Pakistan for Flood Relief victims & it is hoped to have sent 50,000 by the end of the year - pretty impressive for an organisation that only got going 10 years ago! Rotary locally & internationally plays a huge part, as was evident by the many flags on display from all over the world & recently Shelterbox has been trying to do more with young people by setting up Young Shelterbox and forging close ties with the Scout Association - especially overseas.

A Shelterbox satchel

Each box contains the latest high-tec tent, specially designed for up to 10 people & to withstand winds of up to 120 mph, & double-lined for protection from the cold & also includes an array of cooking utensils,woodburning stove (for cooking), thermal blankets, local survival kit including hammer, saw, axe for woodcutting, & other tools & even the boxes can be used for storage of food, clothes, etc after initial deployment.

There are also childrens boxes containing crayons, chalk, slate, pens etc & even children's soft toys for the very young, made by local WI groups & other volunteers.

SB has an excellent website worth a visit - http://www.shelterbox.org. We handed over just under £1,500 which will pay for 3 boxes & in due course will be given box numbers to identify final destinations, which we will try & check out later. The gift aid relief will amount to just over £500 & so will finance another box in due course. We also raised £370 to share with the two small African charities & will be settling up so many thanks again to everyone who sponsored & supported us on our bike ride across France in June.

Tim and Judy


Tim and Judy's Charity Adventure - 2010

Tim & Judy

Tim and Judy are doing an 800 mile cycle across France from South to North, (Mediterranean to Manche), starting at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer & finishing at Caen, between 12th-30th June. Their planned route is shown below.

They will be updating this page during their trip so you can track their progress.

Ride Report

Tim & Judy txt'ed reports on their ride to this web site - see below.

Sat 12 June 2010, Exeter - Avignon

22:45: Made it thru Exeter airport & survived grumpy security man. Everything scanned even the spokes! No smiles - damn cyclists! Duck made it too.

Sun 13 June 2010, Avignon - Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

The start at the Med.

22:06: Sta Marie de la Mer (61 miles) Hungry mossies in hotel last night but Judy unscathed.

Tomorrow we start our 800 mile ride for shelterbox so today we're tourists. Cycled round Avignon old walls, Bridge and Popes Palace & across the Carmague to Sta Marie & our start.

Duck relaxing after a hard day

Mon 14 June 2010, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - Quissac

22:21: Duck reports: up early, 67 miles Quissac, paddled in the med, watched graceful flamingoes fly, dreamed of riding a white stallion. And glad to miss the horns of black bulls! Mighty Rhone left behind for vineyards and walled town of Saumies. Just started to climb! Too much luggage!

Tue 15 June 2010, Quissac - Le Vegan

08:11: Duck can't spell town was Sommieres - quack.

22:09: Vigan 37 miles Judy 43! A coffee stop tour. Spent an hour looking for quiet road, oblitorated under new road! Soave delightful mediaval, cafes, flowers etc. Started climbing into gorges of limestone hills . After Ganges (no burning ghats only 4 more cyclists. On a missiön to do canal du midi .. arrived last week from Wetherby (Yorks) - took them 2 days on the bike bus!

Wed 16 June 2010, Le Vegan - Severac le Chateau

Made it up first climb!

18:58: Severac le Chateau (70 miles). Judy & duck went for early morning swim in cold pool. Left our warm bed - I'm a worried man! Hard 20 km climb (4,170 ft).

22:38: Severac le Chateau (68 miles): Heavy rain last night Judy had a quick swim in hotel pool before breakfast & away early for hard climb (2,500') over the Col du Minier. Stunning views to the Mediterranean. Gentle descent over 15 miles of mountain pastures with wild flowers in abundance and great ride along & above the Gorge de la Jonte before our 2nd climb of 950 ft to Severac le Chateau. 3,500 foot climbs today over 68 miles with all our bags - not bad!

Thu 17 June 2010, Severac le Chateau - Entraygues-sur-Truyère

Wooded slopes to the gorge

12:56: Error last night! Please amend - 1st climb 4,170' & 2nd 1,650' so total was 5820'. No wonder knackered today! Regards to all.

We're worried about duck

22:21: Duck alive and well! Tried to fly with eagles ysterday, today leisurely ride. Flower meadows, along the Lot via Estaing, with towering castle reflected in the water. Entragues - the confluence of Lot and Truyere. 48 miles Judy 60!

Fri 18 June 2010, Entraygues-sur-Truyère - Lacapelle Viescamp

22:08: Duck under wraps, drizzle, rain. Left the lot climbed up and down all day. Chatted to a group of french cyclist on hols. Found 2 English interlopers. All complaining about the weather! No cafes!

Lunch, laughing cow cheese and banana in old garage. Then miracle, a scruffy cafe doing menu du jour. Lots of well oiled raucous workers knocking back green liquers. Hope none were roofers. I think we had remains. Thin soup and a plate of chips came as a huge tin tray! Hotel on lake. Lacapelle Viescamp. 51 miles

Sat 19 June 2010, Lacapelle Viescamp - Neuvic

22:08: Dismal grey day even for ducks. 13 degrees. 4 layers and a snood! Long hard day ... Numb bums! Forests and lakes, steep ravines to whiz down. But long flog up. Vintage rally. 40 or so cars. Tooting and waving. Spurred us. At last hotel by the lake. A glimmer of sun. fab views and a beer in the wing. Neuvic 57 miles.

Sun 20 June 2010, Neuvic - Bourganeuf

21:54: Love a duc, so cold. 7 deg. am hail showers. Huddled around hot choc. In various cafes. Lunch in a chapel. Swallow flying in to nest above the alter! Into limousin, meadows and historic medival villages. Long day 68 miles. Bourganouf. 8pm ! 4 course meal hoovered in no time.

Duck has some tea

Mon 21 June 2010, Bourganeuf - Eguzon

14:13: Yeah! Duck gasking in the sun! 2n enjoy his beer!

21:43: Eguzon (44 miles). An easier day-shorter less headwind, 17 deg+ even some sun!

Have left limousin region & heading for the indre. More gentle hills with meadow banks of moss + wild flowers, small farms & traditional stöne barns. m/t in le Grand Bourg but wasn't-only cafe run by drunk who cleaned cups with floor cloth! Met 4 English bikers & said we were taking week to get to normandy - oh we were there this morn! - but did have massive BMW bikes!

Tue 22 June 2010, Eguzon - Buzancais

Judy rescuing more sheep

22:01: Holiday going too fast! Left our hotel beside the Eguzon dam, in mist. The last as the hills roll back. On every lake there has been a barrage, but only 20 ...

22:22: Holiday racing by! Left our hotel in mist, beside the Eguzon dam. The last for a bit as the route almost flat! Amazing, after all barrages we have seen only 20 per cent of power from hydro. 80 from nuclear. Peddled up the river Cruese, very high after the rain. Sun out! Into the marshes of Brenne. Nearly lost duck to the crocs! 57 miles. Buzancais.

Wed 23 June 2010, Buzancais - Amboise

15:56 Hot day at last!

Thu 24 June 2010, Amboise - La Chatre sur le Loir

24: Chateaux Ambois

22:57: Left the hotel with elegant dining room, great food and 1st british tourists doing gentle potters from chateau to chateaux. On sit up and beg bikes. A bit envious, so joined the throng tn the Chateaux Ambois. Back across the Loire , 2 long bridges and an island! Chateaux 13c , stunning views and Leonardo da Vinci entombed there. The royals loved all his inventions and threw an annual party! Gentle peddle on huge filds of wheat flecked with poppies. 38 miles La Chartre sur Loir. A stopping place for le Mans car rally.

Fri 25 June 2010, La Chatre sur le Loir - Brou

11:57: Duck sun bathing ...

Duck celebrating

12:05 ... And ducks anniversary!

22:52: Hot again today! Bikes stuck to the melting tarmac. Small skirmish with dogs, Tim's dog dazer worked a treat. Found a perfectly restored Knights Templars training farm, with pigeon loft with niches for 2000 pigions. The little garden was square shaped which symbolized heaven. Medicinal plants still used today. Translating french menus fun. Ordered pigeon breasts and got flattened sardiner with grilled pigeon shaped tomatoes!

22:55: Should read sardines! 55 miles. Brou.

Sat 26 June 2010, Brou - Chartres

Fancy garden

22:59: Duckarood! This life of a tourist. Awoke to smell of crossants. Boulangerie next door! Distractions before we started. Old cars from another rally. A wedding. And buying all those cakes for the journey. M/t at Illiers-Combray,10 miles from Chartres - beautiful 15c church paid for by arms lord of Jeanne d'Arc. More on 2nd text

23:15: Chartres - 56 miles. Flat route into Chartres. Hotel opposite cathedral which turned out to be just that. Cathedral stunning & a world heritage. After dinner a free concert o/s cathedral excellent & caught end of son et lumiere with amazing lighting. Also still hot - touched 31C today.

Sun 27 June 2010, Chartres - Mortagne au Perche

Poppies

22:21: Why are French towns sometimes so difficult to get out of! Needed Kirby's sat nav! Chartre no exception, the ring road took us back to go without getting 200! Judy tried to do extras after lunch and ended coming back up the road and surprised to meet us going the other way! Small town at lunchtime had our version of a car boot sale. Both sides of the street for at least a mile. Apart from a lad trying out an invalid buggy, se vendre, all other punters in the shade in the various tabacs.

Little logis hotel closed on arrival (sun nite) so had to ring on the mobile & ...

Part 2

... eventually got her out- 6.00pm & she was in bed! Most of the day cycled along flat empty roads alongside huge fields of maize or wheat. Who said French farmers have 50 acre farms! Just 2 more days & our adventure is over. Tonight we are in Montagne le Perche - 55 miles today & temps in the 30's mid afterñoon- that's it for tonight!

Mon 28 June 2010, Mortagne au Perche - Falaise

Nearly there. Nomadic life ain't bad. No worries except route, food and hotel! Early thunder storm delayed start. Tim also interested in Semaine Federal event next year so set off to tourist office for info. Lady agreed to photo copy 3 pages, but somehow a mistake in french. We watched in horror as copier kept ön churning! Needed another pannier to lug it away! Asked respectable french gent way out of town. Follow me! Off he went at a smart pace with us trailing behind! He then disaqpeared only to reappear moments later in his car and escorted us out of town - who needs a sat nav!

55 miles today mostly through vast estates of wheat or maize for as far as the eye can see. Now we're at Falaise & just 1 more day to go !

Tue 29 June 2010, Falaise - Ouistreham & Ferry

15:50: Duck's last afternoon tea!

22:45: Oistreham (48 miles). Quick look at old castle & ramparts dating back to the vikings, William the Conqueror, the town was rich & sophisticated from trading over many centuries but suffered huge damage in the 2nd World War. More time spent in the tourist office trying to find accomod'n for 2011 semaine cycling week in Fleur but all fully booked already - 14 months ahead!

Pegasus Bridge at Oistreham - Nearly all over!

2nd text to follow ...

Pedalled away threading our way through little white roads with farmland stretching out for miles around us, small villages with pretty gardens,the smell of roses & fields of peas good for scrumping!

Got to Pegasus Bridge & did our last few miles on the cycle track to the ferry port.

Overnight at excellent Normandie hotel where we also had our celebration end of trip meal. Duck very sad it's all over but special thanks to our friends John & Sue White from Edgeware CTC who were great companions & kept us laughing & all for their texts & other support & everyöne who sponsored us & especially Kirby for handling our daily blog.

We cycled 896 miles & have raised about £1,800 (latest) so many thanks to all.

Post Ride Note

The end!

Hi everyone,

We're back and pleased to say we completed our Med to Manche sponsored bike ride for Shelterbox & two African charities, local friends are involved in, successfully & we had a great time.

We cycled 896 miles from Sta Marie sur la Mer (near Montpelier) on the Med to Oistreham (Caen) on the Manche in 2 weeks & 2 days without even a puncture & with mostly good weather so we were very lucky. We have raised about £1,600 so far, with some sponsor money still to come in & we are doing a tea on Thursday for our local CTC Coffee Potters which should bring in some more so a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us & all the other support & encouragement.

We would greatly appreciate any outstanding sponor money now so we can finalise everything.

Special thanks to our good friends John & Sue White from Edgeware CTC, who were with us all the way, for their great company and to Kirby from Devon CTC who set up & handled our blog for us.

Talking of which, several people have been following our blog on route which was great (& sending text messages of encouragement!

Many thanks again to all.

Tim and Judy

Motivation

We had wanted to do this trip for some time and see it as an opportunity to raise some money for some worthwhile charities. Our target is to raise £1000, including the proceeds of a coffee Pot tea in early July and with Gift Aid tax relief this would gross almost £1200 which we would share 80% with Shelter box and 20% with the two small Africa charities our Woodbury friends are involved in.

Who Will Benefit

We want to raise money for Shelter-box & two African children's charities which our friends are involved in.

Shelter Box

Shelterbox logo.gif

Shelter Box is an international disaster relief charity which delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.

African Charities

Burbur Health Centre

The Burbur Health Centre was set up a few years ago by a small group of nurses including our friend, Noreen Collins who visits the Centre several times a year.

It is in Kenya and has done a lot of work to provide clean water and a malarial protection programme for the community. They are working with the local Public Health people but resources are extremely scarce, especially for essential drugs for the Clinic.

Jonah Home for Children & Hope House Refuge Orphanage for Kids

These charities are based in Namibia and other friends, Gordon & Linda Cameron are closely involved in fund raising and helping support these two essential units

How To Contribute

Duck is going too!

We will try and catch anyone who would like to sponsor us individually on either a Thursday Coffee Pot / Bike Bus run or the Sunday CTC ride and at the same time we can get the Gift Aid forms signed which Shelter box need to claim back the tax.

We can't use the internet sites, e.g. 'Just Giving', as they don't deal with very small charities such as the African ones.

  • Gift Aid Form - Gift Aid it! Completing this form helps us get more money from the Inland Revenue at no cost to you.
  • Sponsorship form – Completing this form provides three charities with valuable funds at some cost to you!


Tim & Judy Green
01395 232 605
timandjudy1@btinternet.com

The Route

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