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.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Luing (2)

Back over the steep hill and down the other side, then along a narrow road to the southern tip of Seil where Cuan Ferry gives the impression of the only Hebridean island with a serious parking problem - cars seemed to be parked everywhere!

The wee ferry plies to and fro almost constantly, taking cars and passengers to the island of Luing (pronounced 'Ling').  On the way the views to Easdale and Mull beyond are very pretty.After we got off the ferry we cycled a short distance but, being aware of the time on this very long day, we soon returned and were back on Seil.

At least the wind was behind us now as we rejoined the mainland over that big daddy of all hump-back bridges. Fortunately the bomb squad hadn't been called to the panniers we had stashed away in the disused phone box, and then we were on our way to Oban and North Connel, six miles beyond.  It was 7.30 pm when we arrived at tonight's lodgings, after cycling over 85 miles and doing over 5,000' ft of ascent.  My eyelids are dropping now, and it's an early start for Coll in the morning so I'd better get to bed.

But before I do, I would just mention that we were given another few quid by members of the public today, once they'd learnt what we are doing this ride for. So if you haven't donated already, would you consider doing so? - there are lots of links on this blog to help you find the Just Giving page and also details of how to donate from your mobile phone.  Thank you!

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