The day started nice and bright and I was optimistic about the journey as we were turning out of the wind. Unfortunately, the wind had a different idea and my favourite flat, nice road was a real slog plus the end hill was a killer. My left knee was now really swollen and I was getting twinges in all joints now...lost feeling in fingers too. Nick had to bail because his knees had given up and I know he was upset to sit in the van and watch us struggle on. We were unable to stop at Smallininkai as there was no place to eat so we soldiered on to Jaburkas. The hills kept on coming into Kuanas and the roads worsened though we did get some speed on one very steep down hill...followed by another equally steep uphill. Only one day to go.....this has been far harder than last year!
I wrote this travel blog to capture my first charity bike ride around Lithuania that occurred between the 8th and 14th of May 2011 in the vain hope that it would be my one and only major foray into charity fundraising - hmm, we are all now back for May 2012! I originally took my then new Specialized Sirrus Sport 2010 in my Ultimate Hardware travel bag and set off on a predicted 500 mile journey (actually was 468miles in the end) with two friends that I work with at Barclays, starting from Vilnius. I still continue to support the Lithuanian charity called Rugute that supports child cancer famil... full info