As I sit down to write this Simon Berry and his companions will be cycling some between Hengrove and Bristol city centre. The route through Bristol is just one of 48 stages on a 12 day ride from Land’s End to Severn Beach, Scotland.
Even though I have never met Simon, after reading the trip blog I feel I could easily strike up a conversation with him. Simon runs ruralnet|uk, a rural development charity promoting a living and working countryside. He, and nine fellow cyclists, are aiming to raise 2000 pounds through people sponsoring them. The money will be used to fund travel expenses for people to attend the annual ruralnet|uk conference.
After three days they’ve already had lots of adventures: jamming brakes, punctures, late night arrivals. It sounds good fun and I’ll definitely be following progress in the days ahead.
A full itinerary for the ride is available on the trip blog, and there are maps and GPS co-ordinates as well. Before he set off, Simon made a short video about how he packed his very small Pashley Moulton TSR30 bicycle, see “Simon’s bike” on YouTube.
I haven’t got the money at the moment but if so inclined, I could make a donation via the 2007 participation ride page at the Just Giving website. When I checked, about 66% of the target had been raised, including a donation from a Mr Bill Bryson (reputedly).
That Simon uses a range of freely available web-based applications to publicise the participation ride is irresistible. The pictures and maps, the rattling of the donation tin, enhance the story, rather than getting in the way. Simon, and his team of web writers, etc, have done a really nice job.
I hope they enjoy the ride as much they seem to have enjoyed getting the blog and other bells and whistles set up.