Hello – thanks for visiting our blog – Many of you will be aware but for those who don’t my wife Sharon and I were cycling in a remote area of the south west of Bolivia when she was hit by a 4×4 and killed. This happened on the 26th of April 2014 and my was turned upside down not to mention her family and everyone who was so close to Sharon. After being in the Uk for 10 months I was finding it hard to settle especially after being on the road for two years was hard. Although I have the most amazing family both Sharon’s and mine along with incredible friends I needed to return. Partly to come to terms with my loss but to finish something that we started. The charity we were raising money for became even more important with so many losing the ones closest to them in an instant and with the love and kindness we have both been shown around the world it seems the least I can do to pay back their kindness. I am currently in Ecuador and am slowly heading north to finish our third continent and then to north America.
I have left the section below as Sharon wrote it and I would like to leave it.
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We are Tim and Sharon Bridgman from Devon in the south-west of England and are both keen cyclists (obviously!) We are currently attempting to cycle around the world. We set off on the 4th June 2012 from Nordkapp in Northern Norway and cycled to Cape Agulhus in South Africa clocking up 15,939 miles / 25,502 kilometres along the way. We cycled through 23 countries in Europe and Africa. [if gte mso 9]>
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We are now in South America and are heading to Northern Alaska – hence the name of our trip ‘ North to North cycle tour’.
This is us…
Before this trip, we had done a small amount of cycle touring – our first tour was in 2005 when with two good friends Andrew and Julian Bowyer, we cycled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats raising money for the Samaritans. It was a great challenge and lots of fun with lots of tea and cake eaten – we’ve managed to keep that theme going ever since…
The end of our first cycle tour in 2005
With a bit of fitness in the bag we then joined a local cycle club (Okehampton CC) where we met lots of inspiring people. We both enjoyed club rides out on the moorland in our local area and of-course stopping for tea and cake. We competed in some time trails on 10 mile and 25 mile courses so we could experience what it’s like to race against others and the feeling of hyperventilating for the duration (and the tea and cake at the end).
We then decided to spend three weeks cycling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in 2010 to test the water before we started planning for this trip. Despite Sharon catching the flu then having mild bronchitis and both having lots of pre tour nerves, mechanical problems and a significant amount of rainfall, we had a great time and both wanted to do more.
Once we set a date there was no turning back! We are cycling unsupported and have researched our route and kit with the help of other cycle tourists who are more experienced than us. We have chosen to raise money and awareness for Shelterbox during our trip -please see our Sheltoxbox page for more details about what they do. You can donate here – Just Giving
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