The 1500 #reopeningroadtrip: on the road with David Johnston

David Johnston of Wedlake Bell is currently halfway through his second charity challenge, raising funds for #The1500. Wearing his Revo hat (helmet), he is conducting the longest self-propelled study tour in history, visiting retail centres and local businesses coming out of lockdown in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol and more on the way. Find out more about the plans for his journey here.

David has sent through an update on the first two days - follow his journey and the latest pics on Instagram here and on Twitter here

Day 1 - London to Warwick 

"Wow that was hard work - 15 months of not going out on the road really showed.  Despite all the help from Peter, John and Chris it felt like the first time I rode Cycle to MIPIM.  Everyone else is faster, fitter and stronger and you can’t see how you are going to finish.  But when people are working so hard for you it just pushes to you keep going.  

I had also forgotten all the best and some of the worst things about cycling in the UK. 

The worst :
Some of our roads are in an appalling condition. I suspect a link between government and the trend to go gravel riding. Why bother riding out to the countryside when you can get a similar experience outside your front door?
The Mercedes driver near Moor Park - enough said.
My route-finding around Milton Keynes - not my finest hour.

The best:
Friends working so hard to help you achieve your goals - above and beyond - thank you.
Seeing customers coming in to Twenty3c just to tell Ceri how happy they were that she had been able to re-open the shop and coffee-shop in Stony Stratford.  If you are in the area you won’t regret it.
Premier Inn beds - just amazing."

Day 2 - Warwick to Sheffield

"The wind shifted overnight to give John and I a gentle tailwind for most of the day.  I might of needed something a bit stronger to get me up the hills though!  We travelled through some glorious parts of Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.  What was really noticeable was the number of cyclists out with smiles on their faces.  Another thing was the number of women riding out - not a scientific survey but it but it just felt like a good thing.  

We managed a quick stop at Just-Ice Milford, just north of Derby. What Gavin and Sally (and family and friends) are doing is humbling. Take a look at their story on the website - it may inspire you to follow your hearts. I’m a lawyer so I don’t have one!

Long day tomorrow."

Keep up the good work David! To donate to David and help raise funds for our charity beneficiaries, check out David's JustGiving page here.

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