Picos Original Riders

Picos Original Riders
Highlights of 2010

Last of the Picos Riders - to Rome Alone!

Our first two charity rides were a huge success - raising over £20,000 for the South East Cancer Help Centre.

The Centre does a fantastic job of supporting patients and carers at the most difficult times of their lives. They make a real difference and you could help them in their work by contributing to our fundraising. Donations can be made via JustGiving.comhttps://www.justgiving.com/Tom-Vaz/ or directly into the Centre. For more details of the Centre and their work see their website at http://www.sechc.org.uk/

After 3 years of rest it seemed time to dust off the old muscles, bones and sinews and do one more spectacular ride in aid of this fabulous charity.

This time I will travel alone for 25 days, mainly following the ancient pilgrimage route to Rome, the Via Francigene, covering a distance of around 1,400 miles.

The route travels through Newhaven - Dieppe - Paris before I eventually reach the Via Francigene in Eastern France. From then on it is pretty simple apart from having to cross the Alps without an elephant!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Finally into Santiago de Compostela

After leaving Parga at 8am we headed out via the Confraternity of St James albergue at Miraz having been invited for coffee by Gosia, the lady who writes the Confraternity's bulletins. She wanted a picture of us for her next bulletin and as it was her birthday we couldn't refuse.
From Miraz the route goes offroad through some rough tracks where we followed the scallop shells that mark out the route. The route here is very dry and bleak before following there road to the monastry at Sobrado. Here Christopher celebrated because he spotted a pizza meal for 5 euros.
We spent the night in a pension at the dull but very busy town of Arzua because the pilgrim alburgue was full. No wifi :-(
Today we faced the short 40k ride into Santiago where we had to weave through the pedestrians to get to the cathedral in time for the 12noon pilgrim mass. We each received a certificate known as a Compostela for completing the pilgrimage. The chap signing our certificates was from Balham!
Tonight we stay at the albergue at the Seminary Menon where we have the luxury of separate rooms before an early start to Finisterra (the end of the known world in medieval times). A trip of 50 mikes with the threat of thunderstorms.

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