Neil's Diary: Ramblings of the Bikelord

I'll be updating this page as regularly as I can with all kinds of related stuff - training news ,sponsors, photos , occasional ranting….

I'll also be posting here during the journey itself, so please check back regularly to keep up to date. Your support really will make a massive difference to me, even if it’s just a few words it all makes a difference!

Online return of the former 'bikelord'

Posted at 12:00am on 23rd September 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 42 Comments | Category: Ramblings

Hello again! Its now been almost 6 weeks since I completed the cycle and you haven’t heard a word from me. Sorry!

Allow me to briefly explain the lack of any update since then. A few days after the ride the fatigue set in and I was constantly shattered, and this coupled with no internet connection made me think ‘ I will leave it a while to recover then get back online’

However as time went by I kept putting it off as I wanted to be sure to get the right words down to express my gratitude to everyone who sponsored and helped me to achieve this and also to write a bit more about what it means to me to have finished the whole expedition.

It has now got to the stage where I simply cannot put it off any longer, but unfortunately I still don’t have the perfect words at my disposal. For about 2 weeks now I have had the time and the internet connection to sit down and write something but I have haven’t been able to summon the courage as I don’t want to disappoint anyone with what I write. There are a lot of strange emotions and thoughts in my head.

( I am writing this bit here after what comes below – Stevie just phoned and confirmed exactly what I am thinking – he has been meaning to put a post on the site as well for ages but keeps putting it off as he wants to get the words right as well)

This is the best I can come up with for now, but even having read this over countless times it still isn’t exactly what I wanted to say.

I went from working and cycling ( or thinking about/organising cycling) every day for 6 months, to unemployed and not cycling in an instant. It has been a very odd time. I have now been staring at this sentence for a full 15 minutes and I don’t think it is possible to explain myself so I am going to give up for now.

However, the good news is now I have got over my worries I can now begin to fully update the page at last.

I am planning to upload more photos ( if this has worked there should be more photos from the trip below already). I am also going to work out exactly how far I travelled and list all the places I visited and try and write a bit more about each day.

I would like to say a massive thank you to those who have helped me and I will detail as the days go by exactly who has helped and how. To summarise for now – you know who you are and I will be in touch very soon – there are too many to mention and I don’t want to start with names just now in case I forget anyone.

Now that I am employed again in the North of England I will be arranging to go to the ICU to see exactly how the £1000s will benefit others and report back to you.

I still have a number of donations to collect from those who used the paper forms, I have 2 cheques I still haven’t cashed and probably £100 in cash in an envelope so the total is still going up. It really is amazing how generous so many people were and I cant thank you enough.

The only person I want to thank by name just now is Ross. Still a constant inspiration and since I have finished cycling I have definitely tried to adopt his positive attitude to life and I must say I am happier because of it.

The cycling is over and I have almost forgotten about it really. However I wont ever forget about Ross. Still miss you mate.

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks and I promise there will be more web action on the way.

Cheers Neil

J. Cunningham24 Sep 10, 12:05pm

even with 1,000 dictionaries at your disposal words wouldn’t be enough - but you’ve done well - we all know what you are trying to say - thank you for doing this - much love

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