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I did a 5,000 mile cycle tour!

Posted by on 06/06/2014

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 -> done!

What a ride! My first proper cycle tour – loved it!

But the #SambaCycle journey’s not over yet because I’ve still got to visit World Cup stadium number 12 – the Arena Amazonas in Manaus, which is 800 miles west of here.

Martin and I arrived in Belém on Weds at 1pm after a speedy 70km cycle to reach Couchsurfing host Lysmar’s apartment while he’d kindly nipped home from work on his lunch break to let us in. We made it on time despite illness, some dodgy hard shoulder surfaces, hectic traffic (including a truck on its side blocking half the highway), a slight wrong turn/detour, and tending to an injured cyclist. And then suddenly we were here and the cycle tour was done – what a weird feeling. And it hasn’t sunk in even now a couple of days later, but thanks for the lovely messages on Facebook, I expect I’ll reflect on what I’ve achieved during the next 5 days on the boat up the Amazon, and then celebrate big time in Manaus!

David Luiz and Sideshow Bob spotted from the highway

David Luiz and Sideshow Bob spotted from the highway

Last day of cycling selfie

Last day of cycling selfie

Good cycle path into Belem, apart from...

Good cycle path into Belem, apart from…

This guy fell off his bike, so Martin admistered some basic first-aid

…this guy fell off his bike, broke his glasses and cut his cheek, so Martin administered some basic first-aid

Belem's renovated docks

Belem’s renovated docks

Another reflection photo

Another reflection photo

Down by the markets

Down by the markets

Prawns?

Prawns?

Pineapples? Sleeping man?

Pineapples? Sleeping man?

Sightseeing, literally

Sightseeing, literally

Fishing boats

Fishing boats

Old town

Old town

Machete wielding lady

Machete-wielding lady

Looking forward to boarding our boat up the Amazon

Looking forward to boarding our boat up the Amazon

4 Responses to I did a 5,000 mile cycle tour!

  1. Vincent Massé

    Hey Andy,

    I’m Vincent, a French Canadian. We met in Lençois the night you arrived there and went to a restaurant. I don’t know if you remember me, but I sure do remember you and your crazy trip. You told me it was the best meal you had in a long long time. I think your trip is awesome and I’m glad you reached the end. I gave some money to your charity. It’s not much, but I hope you will appreciate it anyway.

    I hope England plays well in the Cup!

    Vincent

  2. JImmy R

    We’re really so chuffed for you finally doing it! ‘Well done’ seems a bit inadequate, but you know what we mean!! Get your feet up, turn to drink and enjoy-you deserve it!!

    Jimmy/Christine

  3. meggan feek

    Congratulations and well done both of you. Thanks for all the photo’s etc along the way. Enjoy the rest of your time in Brazil the river trip must be spectacular. Much love to you both from Meggan xx

  4. Alex H

    Well done Andy!
    It has been really interesting keeping up with your adventure over the last few months and now it’s over.
    Im sure you will enjoy the rest of your time in Brazil with Martin and a well earned rest and drinking party?
    Have fun at the footy and see you soon!

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