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.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Lismore - a Race Against Time - Lost!

During lunch at a cafe in Oban, the octogenarian at the next table was behaving like a teenager, refusing to leave his laptop alone - amusing really, although his wife didn't think so!

Our little ferry to island no 14, Lismore ('big garden') took 50 minutes for the crossing from Oban to Achnacroish. A couple on the boat gave us a donation of a fiver, bringing the total from people along the way to over £125.

We knew there was a ferry from Point - at the NE end of the island, to Port Appin, at 1515, meaning we had 25 minutes to do 5.5 miles. So we cycled as hard as we could, missing photo opportunities, almost mowing down sheep and pedestrians (but not quite!), only to find that the SIX miles took us 26 minutes. And the ferry left on time!

How disappointing! An hour to wait for the next one. But nothing we could do about it. More donations on the ferry and on arrival at the excellent Pier House where we couldn't miss the Cttee and scones. We wer served by the same lady as last year, when I called in with 'Big Al' Taylor hours before 90 mph winds blew a tree on to our motorhome. She told us about the new cycle paths which were worth following on the way to Our destination of Ballachulish.

That's enough for now. My head is drooping and it's time for bed. Wet weather forecast for our ride to Mallaig tomorrow - well, we'll just have to grin and bear it.

Good night all!

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