I'm a double cancer survivor, cyclist and walker who does various challenges for different charities, mainly cancer-related.

My latest trip was a three-week tour of Tasmania in February 2015; amongst other things, I've cycled from Land's End to John o'Groats (2003), Rotterdam to Lemvig (Denmark) (2005), walked the Pennine Way (2008) completed the ascent of all 214 'Wainwrights' in the Lake District in only 55 days (2009), cycled 4,500 miles around the coast of Great Britain (2011), cycled all 42 of the accessible Western Isles of Scotland in under a month (2012), twice abseiled 230 ft from the top of The Big One in Blackpool, cycled the WWI Western Front from London to Compiegne via Ypres and Arras (2014) and cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014).

Altogether I've raised over £70,000 for my charities including The Christie, Cancer Research UK, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and ABF (The Soldiers' Charity) and I was mightily chuffed to receive the British Empire Medal in the 2014 New Year's Honours List.

I'm a Rotarian and give illustrated talks about my adventures in exchange for a donation to charity, so if you're looking for a speaker leave me a message. I am also Event Organiser for the Ribble Valley Ride Cycle Sportive, to be held this year on Sunday 14 June 2015 - more details at www.ribblevalleyride.org

You can also follow me on Twitter - @CancerBikeMan and on Facebook - just search for Bill Honeywell

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research, whilst The Rosemere does fantastic work for patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Easdale Island

When we arrived at the quayside after a steep up and down, past the Old Tin Church (which is exactly what it says on the can except it's a B&B) we started to look for the ferry but instead found the sexagenarian line up of 'String Driven', no doubt a very fine group, who were to play on Easdale this very evening. So, having always fancied being a roadie (as opposed to a groupie) I (and Richard) helped them move all their instruments, PA systems, drums, bags etc, to the edge of the quay where shortly the very small boat arrived.

It was a tight squeeze and half the band were left behind, which suited us as that way we knew the boat would be coming back soon!

Easdale is a little bit odd, rather Bohemian, with budgerigars and rabbits in cages and lots of arty things aka junk.  It is also home to the World Stone Skimming Championships where once a year aficionados skim nice flat stones across the harbour. Perhaps the winner gets his (or her) choice of rabbit or budgie, I'm not sure.

When the boat came back we returned to Seil. We were on a tight schedule and had to get to Luing next.

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