Saturday, 5 November 2011


Hi from Alan & Mary

As we begin to think of our next challenge, Mary and I would like to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU.
First of all our heartfelt thanks to those who supported our charity “Doctors Without Borders” (Médecins Sans Frontières). With so many natural and man-made disasters on our planet, their medical expertise and your money are badly needed. MSF, with your help, is truly changing the lives of millions of people around the world. For those of you who would still like to donate (and every pound counts) – just click the “VirginGivingMoney” icon on the right of this page.

Then there are the many who have helped us complete our journey down the length of Europe:-
Dean and Anne who still don’t know how they volunteered to drive our car all the way to the UK from Nordkapp. Without them we would never have got there or back.
Deborah and Brendan and John and Elizabeth  for their encouragement before the trip and keeping our real lives in good order while we were away.
Ev and Sophie and Kate and Tony for taking such good care of the house
All our family who offered words of encouragement, kept the phone topped up and especially those who thought we had lost the plot.
To Kate’s colleagues in the Assembly  (you owe us two Welsh flags).
The grandchildren who collected our postcards and enlightened their friends with tales of Mamgu and Grumps
Those who contacted us on the blog, by email and on the phone.  It was always a boost to hear from you.
Wendy for her valiant efforts to post a comment  and her baggage allowance on the return flight.
Ben and the guys at Up and Under for their advice on kit
All those who made the effort to put their cycling experiences in Europe on the net.
All those from around the world who took the time to read our blog and share our experiences
All the wonderful people that we met on the way who went to extraordinary lengths to help us out of trouble and encourage us to achieve our goal.
 “Merci” to all those talented and dedicated people in our local medical team who “fixed” Mary after her fall from the bike while in training.
To all of you, we are so grateful to have met and known such wonderfully friendly, kind and generous people.

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