The Beginnings.

Trip Start Nov 04, 2005
Trip End Nov 14, 2005

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

You might think that this is way to early to start writing about a trip that doesn't actually happen until November. However for me the trip has already started in a sense. Planning a trip can be as exciting as actually doing it. Last time I had to arrange flights, work out routes and check out accommodation for myself. This time that is all done for me. The challenge here lies in raising 3000. I've never done anything this difficult before. Right now that seems like a huge amount of money to persuade people to part with. I have a few ideas, I hope they work.

This travelogue will initially follow the trials and tribulations of fund raising and I'll write a little about how I try and get into some sort of shape for the trip. Never mind the fact that last spring I cycled across Europe, I've only been on the bike a handful of times since I got home. So you can expect a few entries about interesting little cycle trips around where I live, i.e. Derry and Donegal.

Although I actually volunteered for the trip shortly after returning home I decided to not think about it too much till after Christmas. I had plenty else to be doing, settling into work and studying a little. Then I got a letter from Ciaran of The Foyle Hospice inviting me to a meeting about the trip in the Hospice last Sunday.

There I meet a number of the other cyclists for the first time. They appear to be a sound bunch, men and women and a range of ages. A few of them are veterans of the previous cycle the Hospice organised to the Grand Canyon.

In a short meeting Ciaran outlined the details of the trip as they stand and talked a little about fund raising. This is the point at which I got nervous. Some people seem to be so well organised, and me, well dreaming really.

I'll end this little intro page by saying that if anyone feels like donating a pound or two, go to

The money donated via goes directly to the Foyle Hospice and if you pay UK tax you can have an extra 25% or so added to your donation.
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