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!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

On Dry Land

Onboard our luxury cruise ferry Ricky had a rub down from a young lady on the ship and was feeling much better. Well, he was smiling at least. The rest of us were more boring and watched as dolphins frolicked alongside.
As we docked in Santander the sun shone on us righteous pilgrims. However a short while later we were feeling at home as a damp drizzle started. We caught the train out of Santander to Puente San Miguel where we rode uphill to Santillana del Mar. A popular, historic town but the Tourist Information Centre sent us in the wrong direction to our Posada. Still Des prevailed and got us there - via another hill or two of course.
The end of our comfort was marked by a nice, spanish, evening meal of egg and chips.

Arriving in Santander with some trepidation

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