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!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Upwards Into Galicia

Left Tapia and it's beatiful setting overlooking the cliffs and headed up towards Ribadeo. A bit of trouble finding a route to the bridge but well worth it when we finally got there.
Stunning views overlooking the river estuary. A hair raising ride across the bridge 100ft over the river.
After Ribadeo we began the climb into the mountains.
After climbing for two hours in a sweltering 30 degrees we encountered a sign indicating another 900m. What a let down!
The high point was 435m and it took us almost 5 minutes to get back down to Lorenzá and its beautiful church. Tonight's albergue is our best so far, almost as good as a hotel apart from the dormitory.

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