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I'm back!!!

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by cyclebum, 11 Feb 2008.

  1. cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Hi there, just in case any of you are interested, I'm back from India and I survived!:smile:
    What an amazing experience :smile::biggrin:;):thumbsup::tongue:xx(:biggrin::becool:.
    The journey out there was a challenge in itself but the excitement got us all through it. The bikes were amazing, even though they were basic but I just loved mine and could easily have brought it home with me. We had a fantastic maintenance and back up crew though thankfully I didn't need them very much, and no punctures!There were 74 women of varying ages and abilities and we covered about 250 miles and I rode every inch, up every hill and 'incline' and finished with my 'cyclebum' fully intact, mostly helped by my wonderful saddle (thanks Mickle).:biggrin:
    I don't know if any of your ears were burning but I was constantly singing the praises of all the wonderful advice support and encouragement that I recieved from you lot on here. I totally amazed myself at my fitness and ability and even found myself helping a couple of ladies with gear changing and so on, which before I came on here I could barely do myself. Mind you I did get a slight knuckle rap for being in the 'wrong' gear on a hill from the event leader!:ohmy:
    This has been a life changing experience and was challenging both physically and emotionally, a lot of laughter and quite a few tears but everyone crossed the finish line.
    But also cycling through rural Rajasthan, I felt like Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boreman, mostly the response was so welcoming, but in places such a culture shock. Some roads were brilliant to cycle along and also some great off roads though some of the proper roads were the most challenging and the cry of 'Bums up' as a warning of major pot holes was a frequent call!xx(
    A huge Thank You to all of you who made this possible for me. I could probably have coped by just going out an cycling the best I could, but having such sound advice on how to do it properly is what has made all the difference. This has meant that I could really get the most out of the challenge rather than it being purely and endurance trip which for some it was. Also the motivational support when I had low moments in training were so important.
    What's next? possibly China 2009 but don't tell my hubby just yet :angry:
     
  2. PaulSB

    PaulSB Veteran

    Ah I should have been more patient, best ignore my thread. Glad to read you had such a good time, the highways and byways of Cheshire will seem a little ordinary now.
     
  3. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Blimey!...Good on you ...sounds like a great adventure..well done.
     
  4. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Well done cyclebum! Sounds like you had a fab time, glad you made it back bum intact!!! :angry:
     
  5. trio25

    trio25 Über Member

    Sounds like you had a brilliant time, nothing like planning your next challenge again.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks all, forgot 1 very big thank you though, and that was those of you kind enough to sponser me. so THANK YOU. :smile::biggrin::biggrin:

    Also to Arch, I saw an elephant and actually stood right next to it, got a couple of piccies too. It was outside our hotel in Agra though it looked very sad! I couldn't believe the heat coming off it. We also saw some giving rides up to a palace in Jaipur, but we were not given the chance to ride them. We were later told that this was because they are very cruelly treated and not very healthy. :biggrin:
     
  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Great stuff, I felt the same after my first tour. You'll have itchy feet now (or an itchy bum!) until the next one.:smile:
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Well done - glad you enjoyed it !
     
  9. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts


    Can you get cream for itchy feet ??



    Well done cyclebum, and glad you enjoyed it.
     
  10. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Well you can for an itchy bum, I'm told!:smile:
     
  11. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    SO glad you had a great time!!! Well done on cycling every inch of the trip - that's a brilliant achievement!!!!

    Welcome back
    x
     
  12. OP
    OP
    cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks Cathryn, your extra tips came in very useful! ;)
     
  13. Three cheers for Cyclebum!

    Hip hip! ;)
     
  14. tomb1960

    tomb1960 New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    HUGE RESPECT and so glad you enjoyed it!
     
  15. OP
    OP
    cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks guys xx:biggrin: