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.

Friday, 18 May 2012

More Island Bagging

First of all, the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted the deliberate mistake in the last post. I was so keen to alliterate the title that I forgot that lobsters are decapods, not tetrapods. You just can't get the staff...

Now, where was I? Oh yes...

We cycled south through the island of Benbecula, which is peppered with lochans and sea inlets. In places you can't tell whether there is more water than land or vice versa. An elderly couple came cycling in the opposite direction, complaining that they'd been battling a headwind for two days. We knew how they felt!

It was after 12 noon when we got to the junction for the next islands, so instead of turning off we carried on to South Uist where we knew there was a café. Imagine our surprise to find that Sarah Palin runs it! Yes folks, if you thought the controversial Governor of Alaska had been keeping a low profile recently, it's because she's running Mary's Café just over the causeway on South Uist. She served us with battered haggis & chips plus a sample of battered white pudding. Only a few thousand calories...

We retraced our footsteps to visit the island of Griomasaigh (another causeway) and then three tiny islands, which were so small I decided they couldn't count, linking to Eilean na Cille. There were Redshanks and Oystercatchers everywhere. I have so many photographs, but I can only post the ones on my iPhone whilst I'm away. When I get home I'll try to post a selection of the best!

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