Under the iconic tower…
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Jon and the iconic Blackpool Tower

  Here’s Jon right at the start, on what we were told was a typical Blackpool Day, with a fierce on-shore North Westerly gale! Why start at Blackpool, you may well ask? Well it’s a coastal ride and Blackpool is an iconic British coastal resort, that’s why!

Our friends and supporters came out in force to wave Jon off and to rattle the collecting tins only the disappointing weather prevented anyone from standing about unless they had to so there were far more collectors than passers by to approach! It was dry but cool and so very windy. Jon reckoned he had sand in almost every crevice and said he was still crunching Blackpool sand in his teeth when we stopped near Mold for the first night. 

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(From L to R) Daniel Whiston, the Mayoress of Blackpool, Sarah Birchall, The Mayor of Blackpool and Jon Birchall

We had wonderful support from the Mayoress and Mayor of Blackpool, Peter and Maxine Callow, David Cam the Under Sheriff of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Dancing on Ice skater Daniel Whiston, and all the friends family, bikers and supporters who came along to wish us well with the ride. After four months of planning actually starting the ride was quite an emotional experience for both Jon and Sarah, and this will undoubtedly continue to be so over the course of the next four months. 

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Jon with Hector the Mascot and Thunderbird 1

 This post will also feature on the Stage 1 route page and eventually the route pages as each stage is competed will briefly tell the story of the ride, day by day and stage by stage. 

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