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Day Two: Kind Strangers

25 April 2013

The latest from our cyclists as they reach halfway.

The Colchester United cyclists reached the halfway mark of their ride to Carlisle, with some 160 miles under their belts.

After our morning sweets and drinks stop in Bourne, the roads started to undulate in a way that I found unpleasant from the van let alone a bike, so I decided to concentrate on my strengths: sourcing a picnic lunch from M&S in Stamford and finding exceptional country pubs. We all have our gifts. 

The boys set out early on Wednesday morning from near Peterborough heading off on a fast, flat route across the Lincolnshire countryside.

Day 2 has been all about getting miles under the wheels.

U's fan Lea Finch, who is travelling with the cyclists, brings us up to date.

The weather has remained kind and they're edging closer to northern territories with Saturday's game on the horizon.

Robbie and Richard Cowling have been revelling in the more challenging terrain, but I think Stuart Begg and Dale Bailey are enduring the route. Dale hasn't felt well today, ultimately losing his lunch just past Newark.

We have had some lovely responses from people. Twice now cars have suddenly pulled over and complete strangers have handed us a tenner. It's so touching.

We're just getting ready to do a bit of refuelling over dinner, then tomorrow we're heading for t'Yorkshire Dales.

Big hello to Tom Beard, Retford based Col U fan who offered us his assistance with staying in his home town. Good lad!

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