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

In 2016 I climbed every single 'Birkett' in the Lake District - all 542 fells over 1,000' within the National Park, including all 214 Wainwrights. I've also done a three-week cycle tour of Tasmania in February 2015 and 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 (my first) 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), cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014), done a bit of sky-diving and cycled Australia's Great Ocean Road - just before lockdown in 2020.

Altogether I've raised over £120,000 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 5 September 2021 - 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.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

From Coll to Tiree

---written 7 May, posted 8 May---

As I write this there is neither phone signal nor wifi. We are at the excellent Millhouse Hostel at Cornaig on the Isle of Tiree - the 12th on our Excellent Adventure. I can't communicate, but I can write this in the hope that it will be posted once a signal appears.

This morning (Monday) I had a lie-in, not getting up until 8.00. After a proper B&B breakfast at Tigh-na-Mara, in Arinagour on Coll, I stopped inside to catch up with my diary. We needed to be at the ferry by around 10.45 so there wasn't really enough time to cycle far or do much else.

As we left the island, the sun was still shining and it wasn't too cold. I thought Coll was a really nice island. Hopefully I'll return soon with Val, and next time I'm sure there won't be a dead sheep in the public toilets as there was in 1996!

And so on to Tiree, to the west and north of Mull, a flat, low-lying island which enjoys some of the highest sunshine readings in the British Isles. I'll tell you more in the next post.

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