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So another day completed, and we are about a quarter of the distance done.

OK, back to last night. Having arrived reasonably early, we were able to take time to chill out.  We were staying at the Reservoir View Motel in Axbridge, and I stretched on the grass whilst looking at the eclectic mix of animals they had in their grounds.  There were Lllamas, goats, geese (I think), hens plus fish.  It was great lazing in the sun.

We then walked into town to meet Chris and Pete.  We stopped at the reservoir and in the pic you can see Cheddar Gorge in the background which was our first stop the next day (today).

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It was great to meet Chris and Pete and brilliant to hear that they’d had 2 really good pieces of news.  We had an excellent meal in the Oak Tree Restaurant and many thanks to Chris for treating her young (hmmph) brothers, we really enjoyed the evening.

We awoke to another lovely morning.  This is the only place we are staying that doesn’t offer cooked breakfasts.  In hindsight this was brilliant planning as we had planned to stop and our mum and dad’s house for lunch, and mum does not do half measures!

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One of Ian’s friends, Simon Thorne arrived on time at 9, as he was riding much of the day with us.  He wasn’t impressed with our nutrition plan for the day – and it didn’t get any better (see later)

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We spotted a cyclist ahead and it was the guy we’d seen yesterday in Taunton.  He is doing LEJoG unsupported on his own in aid of Air Ambulance.  We stopped for a chat and suggested he tag on with us until the A37 which would then take him into Bristol.  His name was Dave Percival from Darlington, so if anyone wants to contribute, he is also on JustGiving.

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We arrived at mum and dad’s ahead of time and it was lovely to see them.  Mum made us a great cheese and bacon omelette with all the trimmings plus a bunch of green veg I’d asked for.  This really appalled Simon as it breaks all the serious cyclist nutrition rules – but it worked for us :) 

Thanks mum x
 


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Dad (83 in June but still beating his age at Golf), planned to ride a couple of miles with us.  We also had Nat’s (Ian’s wife) brother Warren and Auntie, Debbie riding back to Gloucester with us.  They had been brought down by Nat’s parents (Dave and Sue) who later on drove past with the horns blaring.


This should have been an easier day, but the wind had picked up and was still in our face, so there was no respite and it felt quite tough.  We had a good ride back though mainly along the A46 and an exhilarating fast descent into Nailsworth. 

The title of the blog really sums up the last 24 hours, as just about all our family have got stuck in and supported us in one way or another.  Wendy did all the blogs and pics for us yesterday as my netbook packed up; the riding with Paul; lovely meal with Chris and Pete; Dave and Sue dropping the riders off; Warren and Debbie riding with us, Mum cooking lunch and spoiling us and Dad riding with us, plus Nats doing our washing, cooking our cracking tea and putting up with us tonight. Thanks people.

Tomorrow we head for Telford.

PS, I have to mention Wendy’s mum, Pauline – because she wants to be famous :)

PPS, we really like getting comments and seeing that people are reading this stuff we write - so please leave a comment, even if it just says you are reading the blog.


Dad
25/4/2011 05:20:11 am

Well the motorised bike just wasn't fast enough but I enjoyed the short ride with you. Keep up the good work. We'll pray for a change of wind direction.

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Mum
25/4/2011 05:28:46 am

great to see you today & to see that neither of you have lost your appetites!! Look forward to receiving your daily messages, families are great !Mum xxx

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Anna
25/4/2011 05:32:08 am

'I am reading the blog'.
(Made me laugh..)

Glad you had a good day and some great pics being taken!

Much love xx

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25/4/2011 06:01:06 am

Looking pretty hot in that 1st pic Norry! Can't wait til your home ;-))))


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warren
25/4/2011 06:33:55 am

it was great joining you both today i hope we were of some support for you both, you are doing an amazing job so keep up all the hard work no one said it would be easy but it will definately be worth it. wish i could have joined you for longer.

ps. wendy hes riding in the oposite direction to you!!! and hes going pretty fast for some reason!

only joking he misses you really he didnt stop talking about you.

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Anne
25/4/2011 08:04:11 pm

Hey I'm reading the blog now that Paul has shown me where it is.
Love your sense of humour and photos and looking foward to your next blog.

You are both doing a fantastic job. Well done to both of you.

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26/4/2011 01:41:02 am

Can you please shut up about the head winds!!!!! We are doing LEJoG & 3P's in June & it's sounding worse by the day!!!
Only joking guy's, keep it going, you're doing good & what I like is that you are normal guys with weathered bodies(and faces)just like myself :-) Hope the wind changes direction soon.
Keep pedalling Tony

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Becky
26/4/2011 05:24:34 am

I'm reading! (Stuck in a hotel in Glasgow so nothing else to do) . . . . only kidding I am of course incredibly supportive! Well done pa and keep going.

P.S put your shirt back on . .some of us are trying to eat their dinner.

Loadsa love to you and Uncle Ian xx

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Em
26/4/2011 05:43:00 am

You guys are legend! Ur blog is funny and pics are brilliant. I know u can complete this and do it in style cuz of that competitive Norris gene.

Go on lads, love u.

EM XX

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Em
26/4/2011 05:43:16 am

You guys are legend! Ur blog is funny and pics are brilliant. I know u can complete this and do it in style cuz of that competitive Norris gene.

Go on lads, love u.

EM XX

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pauline wendys mom
26/4/2011 06:24:30 am

thanks marty for my few words lol you guys are doing a great job so proud of you .and i love reading all about you and looking to where you are going each day luv u xxxxxx

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Em
26/4/2011 09:34:08 pm

OOOOH. HI PAULINE. I've always wanted a famous friend ;-)

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