Upcoming Trip - Trans-Pennine Trail
Posted on: 06 Jul 2013
Before I begin, I would like to say that fitness and exercise has always been one of my biggest passions in life. Ever since I was in highschool, I loved cycling around Southport and the surrounding areas, exploring new places I've never been to and experiencing a good thrill from racing along the coastline. My love for cycling was also one of the reasons why I never ballooned out from eating so much McDonald's food and KFC during that time. Then I was almost killed in a road accident in 2001, which put me off cycling for over a decade. And got fat from eating fast food as a result.
Fast forward a few years later, and I discovered this fancy place called the Gym (or a Gime, as Homer Simpson would call it.) Went there for a few years, got bored with it, then ordered P90X and Insanity on DVD and decided to work out at home from now on. I got back into shape after years of abuse and neglect, and after moving further away from work, I started using a bike again - first as a means to get to and from work, before I rediscovered my passion for cycling.
So what does my history of cycling and exercising habits have to do with this post? This:
This coming Monday, I'll be taking on the Trans-Pennine Trail, starting at my hometown in Southport and cycling all the way to Hornsea along the east coast. I've been planning to do this for years, having originally planned to walk there by foot (mad crazy I know, but it -is- possible, if not a little overly long, and several cross-country hikers have done it before). Now that I've gotten back into cycling again, I can take on the route by bike instead - much faster that way, and I won't have to put up with any blisters forming on my feet as I go along.
The route itself is 215 miles coast-to-coast. I plan on being gone for about 3 - 5 days minimum, longer if I decide to take a detour to Leeds and Chesterfield. I've already planned on stopping by at York whilst I'm gone, but that depends on how much ground I cover during the day, and whether or not I go sightseeing along the way. We'll see.
So tonight and tomorrow, I'll be busy packing and making some last-minute preparations for my journey. I would also like to mention to people that I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE JOB OFFERS WHILE I'M GONE. I'll still have limited internet access with my phone, but I won't be able to respond to any emails sent to me until I return around on the 13th or 14th of July.
See you guys in a week. Hopefully I and my bike will come back in one piece, and maybe some photos depicting my amazing journey across the Pennines :)
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