Day 10 Can I do it?

My toughest day lay ahead with only 5hrs sleep last night!

We had booked in at the Fortrose Caravan Park at 9.30pm. Lesley and I arrived together – an unusual event. What a beautiful place and the owners donated our pitch fee to Mark. There’s a long story here but I was looking forward to staying here out of all our stops and it’s beauty is beyond my expectations. It really is a privilege to behold – next time you’re camping or caravanning or whatever it is we’re doing and you’re near Inverness – don’t miss it!

Anyway it’s 6.30am as I type this and I must away the noo.

11.00 and I’m at Tain on the A9, 1/4 done – I gave a tow to a young lad (well old enough to be a vet) but he is off sight seeing as he is taking 2 days for the Inverness to John O’Groats trip in line with all the advice I have been given but hey ho onwards and upwards.

I rode through Dornoch, Golspie and Brora, all places I have golfed at in the past. Today it felt like a lifetime away. The sun was shining and the coast at Brora was stunning. It could have been the South of France.

Lesley and the the support crew were due to pass me around Brora and we were going to meet just after at Helmsdale. I got a call from her. They’d passed me. It must have been when I dissappeared into the bushes for one of many pees.

I couldn’t help but admire the way Ian (my ex-colleague who joined me on day 4) remained on his stationary bike whilst peeing. I tried to do it but it does take practise and the handlebars do tend to swing round but after a few accidents I perfected it.

Anyway, Lesley rang and said the they had gone through Helmsdale and there was a massive hill coming up.


About marmiteman

Marmite man will be cycling 1000 miles over 10 days from Land's End to John O'Groats raising money for Mark Carey. My wife Lesley & grandsons Jake, Callum and Dylan and their Auntie Vicky are the support crew - not that they will be around during the day!
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15 Responses to Day 10 Can I do it?

  1. Fiona Forey says:

    Marmiteman – just a short way to go now.
    Well done on your outstanding achievement! You must be very proud – & knackered!!
    Look forward to seeing you soon.
    Lots of love – Fi xx

  2. Sue says:

    well done David. super-pleased for you

  3. Emma says:

    Well done David I’m so proud I keep telling everyone what your doing even when I go to buy milk in the shop lol see u on your return. Love you lots. Love Emma well done. Xx

  4. Tania says:

    David, what a fantastic achievement. Enjoy the drive back home! Tx

  5. Russell says:

    David, I am assuming by now your are done. contrary to what i normally say about you this world would be better off if there were more like you in it.

    Well done

  6. Carole says:

    Good Luck David and all backroom staff nearly there – very proud of you all
    Luv Carole

  7. mark carey says:

    what achievement!! well done to you and the gang. enjoy the ride home. look forward to seeing you when you get back…if you’re still speaking to us.
    Zoe & Mark xx

  8. Robert Godman says:

    David, must nearly be over by now, well done and hope you are pleased with yourself, really is a fantastic achievement, but only possible with a great support team.
    See you soon (cash in hand)

  9. Donna Dunnachie says:

    Think it must all be done by now…you are wonderful, so pleased and elated for you…….. the bigtgest ever respect and well done for you and your fab team. have a well earned rest and all drive back safely xxxxxxxxxx

    Donna and Ian

  10. Donna Dunnachie says:

    Think it must all be done by now…you are wonderful, so pleased and elated for you…….. the biggest ever respect and well done for you and your fab team. have a well earned rest and all drive back safely xxxxxxxxxx

    Donna and Ian

  11. Gayle says:

    An amazing feat David – or maybe amazing feet???? I’m so proud of you!

    Have a safe journey home

    Love you bro xxxx

  12. Donna Dunnachie says:

    Bet it’s alot easier coming home!!!! Take care all xxx

  13. Russell says:


    Just remember on the way home it’s all downhill


  14. Andy Smyth says:

    Hi David. You are a star on a reasonably priced bike! Julie and I cannot believe how quickly the last 7-10 days have gone. Everyday we have been reading your blog, looking out for you on the news, gettting phone calls from people asking if it really is you in the Watford Observer? Can they get your autograpgh etc..Truely amazing achievement. We look forward to hearing some other the unpublishable stories when we next see you!

  15. Douglas says:

    I bet it felt wonderful this morning…..when you woke up and realised….no more cycling! You have done it. Very well done to you, and well done to your back up team…they also deserve a very big pat on the back.

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