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Author Archives: Smudger

About Smudger

Watford/England footy fan off to cycle 5,500 miles across Brazil for charity!

Manaus media coverage

Thanks to Geri, Carol & Bob, James Peddle Ltd, Les & Gill, Fran, Rahul, Rob, Martin, Jo & Wilf, the Beast family, Fake Pecker, Henry, Gareth, David, Andrew, Simon, Dirk and last but not least Naomi who’s donation took the Running Total to £5,000 – woohoo the target has been achieved, and now beaten! But … Continue reading »

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Welcome to the jungle

This was it, the culmination of my 5 month journey, finally I’d arrived in Manaus, met a bunch more journalists, shipped the bike home, and it was time to become an England fan! And then we lost to Italy. But no problem, not a huge surprise, England can still qualify (we want to finish 2nd … Continue reading »

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Slow boat into the Amazon

Thanks to Mum & Dad, Tareq, Kate, Chris, Laura, Yvonne & Graham for their charity donations since my last update! Please donate now and help get the total (excl gift aid) over the £5k target! As you know, I’ve reached Manaus and completed the #SambaCycle journey, but the last leg was rather different because me … Continue reading »

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WE DID IT!!!

Thanks to Mark, Mary & baby Elliot, Susan & Dave, Alex, Rikke, Moose, Jeremy, Vincent, Alan and anonymous for their donations since my last update! The fundraising total including gift aid currently stands at £4,999,52 so who’s gonna push it over the £5k mark?! Please donate now, because… I’m in Manaus, my 12th and final World … Continue reading »

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I did a 5,000 mile cycle tour!

Thanks to the very generous Sebbas (Neil, Zanna and baby Daniel!), Vicky, Debbie & Neil, Nigel, Dave, putajumperon, James (a L*t*n fan, amazing!), Matt, Florrie (a puppy dog!) and anonymous x2 for their charity donations since my last update! Please keep the wonderful donations coming! Why – well because… 5,000 miles / 8,000 km -> … Continue reading »

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Most northerly point

Thanks to Yvonne & Graham, the Skinners, Tamzin, and Pip for their charity donations since my last update! Please donate now – there’s only 2 cycling days left and then I’ve almost completed my epic journey!!! Currently me, Wedgie, Martin and his bike (boring – has no name!) are in Capanema which is the most … Continue reading »

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Alcantara – Festina Divino Espirito Santo

Last Thursday we took our bikes on the 7am ferry boat from Sao Luis to Alcantara and after the usual find pousada/unpack/shower/change routine we went to explore the town as it celebrated the Divino Espirito Santo (God’s Holy Spirit) festival… We then got packed and loaded the bikes once again for a 112km cycle to Pinheiro. … Continue reading »

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Radio interview from a ruin

On Friday morning I was live on Colin Murray’s talkSPORT radio show for the 4th time – gotta love these guys for following my journey throughout! You can listen again here (click on 11.30-12.00 and go to 20 mins). Slightly fuzzy sound from me since I had a cold and was standing in a 300-year-old … Continue reading »

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Last 100+km day done!

Today’s ride: 123km, 7 hours (including drinks/lunch stops), 35 degree heat, one deluge of rain, one road-killed horse, so many potholes -> standard #SambaCycle. And that’s my last day of cycling over 100km, which I’ve done 20 times in the past four and a bit months, and trust me, in these conditions (ie. hot + … Continue reading »

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Olá Pablo, Makarth & São Luís

Thanks to Kirk for his charity donation since my last update! Please donate now! Back in Barreirinhas we met Pablo who’s another touring cyclist! And a proper hardcore one, having been on the road for 20 months since setting off from New Mexico and making his was down through Central America and across to northern … Continue reading »

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