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.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Rain at last! Grr!

At breakfast this morning it was cloudy but dry, though reports from the rest of the country suggested rain would be with us soon. In fact it started as we set off, but not heavy. Lots of motorcycle trials bikes were heading in the opposite direction.

Over the big bridge at Ballachulish and on to the Corran Ferry, as I'd decided to avoid the heavy Fort William traffic by cycling along the north shore of Loch Linnhe to Loch Eil before rejoining the main road. The road was quiet, the rain held off, and we passed the place where the oak tree was blown on to our motorhome last year.

It was a long ride without food, then - to depress spirits further - the rain started in earnest, but fortunately we arrived at the Glenfinnan Monument where there is a café. Phew! I didn't want to set off again...

To be continued...

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