Saturday was a fantastic day. Sunshine. Not too hot. Not too cold. The perfect day for a bike ride. In fact, the ride had been planned for some time. Charlie, James and I cycled from London down to Brighton.
It was a fantastic ride. My favorite part was Slugwash Lane, which is a typical English country lane. Hedgerow alternated with small woods, where the bluebells were in bloom. It was lovely.
But the most rewarding part of the ride is the ride down to Brighton after climbing Ditchling Beacon. I stopped very briefly (~10 seconds) on the way up, but I pretty much managed to climb the whole thing. And it seemed much less grueling than last year.
It seems that Charlie enjoyed the ride to Brighton, as well. So much so, that he cycled back on his own.
For me, this was just a ride to Brighton on a lovely sunny day. For both Charlie and James, this was a preparation for a much longer ride. Both of them are going to be riding from London to Paris in the Big Issue London to Paris Bike Ride. That's 240 miles in 3 days. Impressive.
James has a great post on why the Big Issue is worthy of your support, and Charlie has a similar post on why the London to Paris event is important for the Big Issue.
They invited me along, but I declined. I didn't feel that I would be able to raise the money. What a wimp!
So, to make up for my wimpiness, I'm going to urge you to support James and Charlie, even it's just for a couple of pounds / dollars. Both of them deserve your support, both are very near their target and it's for a great cause. Here's how to support them:
I know both of them (and the Big Issue) will appreciate any support you can give.