A week on wheels

It's been over three weeks now since I rode into Hull after six days on the saddle. I'd spent the past 250+ miles wondering how I might feel at the sight of the Humber bridge, and at no point did I expect the tide of emotion that welled my eyes at this point. Neither did … Continue reading A week on wheels

Day 6: 4th Sep

This morning I had the great privilege of spending time in Richard Smith's workshop, getting to know more about Smith-Watkins, the instruments, Richard's scientific research and of Derek's part in the company.   Most intriguing were Richard's experiments into brass instrument performance, especially the revelation to me that it was not necessary for any air to … Continue reading Day 6: 4th Sep

Day 5: 3rd Sep

I tried to wake up early to get underway on what I knew would be a long day, but my body was beginning to protest against the treatment I was giving it. This was going to be the most gruelling day in terms of mileage, although it was largely on the flat and without any … Continue reading Day 5: 3rd Sep


Riding a long trail presents all kinds of challenges; of weather, fitness, equipment, nutrition, navigation, and no doubt more I shall discover along the way. But to add the challenge, I've set myself a tight schedule of visits along route. These visits will be checkpoints for the ride. You may wish to sponsor me based … Continue reading Checkpoints

#TPTsolo – the route

30th Aug: Southport to Warrington 31st Aug: Warrington - Faireys - Glossop 1st Sep: Glossop - Black Dyke - Shipley 2nd Sep: Shipley - Grimethorpe - Dearne Valley 3rd Sep: Dearne Valley - York - Smith Watkins 4th Sep: York - Hull