This week I am pleased to bring you a guest blog written by Martin Symons giving an account of his Boma journey. He rode from Kings Lynn to Norwich as part of Disability Pride.
Day 1 – Morning
Lovely sunny morning, up early at 5am for my 3 day Boma cycle challenge. Teerth arrived on time but I was a bit behind. In fact, we were all behind schedule for one reason or another. I’d planned for us all to meet at 9.15am outside the Corn Exchange in Kings Lynn for photo call and to be seen off by the Deputy Mayor at 10am.
We were to meet Michelle my support vehicle driver in Kings Lynn along with Nick and Jayne who were supporting with Disability Pride and David Indge who was filming my ride.
After everyone arrived we talked to the Deputy Mayor. A reporter from the Lynn news spoke with us and photographs were taken.
As with my previous trips, I had a cyclist leading at the front and one behind with an extra for support. Teerth was there in case I needed support.
Nick led us through the busy town. A doddle for me! Been through worse. Once out of town we were safe on the National Cycle Route 1 heading to Castle Rising. We had a brief stop at the Unique, a pub opposite the castle.
As usual the Boma attracted some attention and naturally conversations geared to what we were doing.
Day 1 – Afternoon
After the pit stop we continued on our journey through the western part of Norfolk. We eventually came through Sandringham estate. I gave Jayne, Nick and Teerth a little history lesson on the ‘Lost Prince’ Prince John 6th son to King George V. He was diagnosed with epilepsy and was sent to spend his last young years on the Sandringham estate away from the public eye. This was fitting since the cycle ride is regarding disability for disability pride.
We continued to Sedgefield where we stopped at the King William IV pub. Jayne finished her journey here and headed back to Kings Lynn and we had a quick drink and went on to Burnham Thorpe. Finally arrived at the Whitehall Farm campsite where Nick was staying overnight and left the Boma there.
Up not so early though we had to drive to Burnham Thorpe to the campsite to meet Nick (I stayed in a comfy bed at Michelle Renaud’s in Northrepps!). Colin Michelle’s husband joined us today and David Indge was driving the support vehicle. Today our finishing point was Cromer taking cycle routes 1 and 33. My timings on this trip went out the window and just went with the flow!
We made our way to Langham where we ate sandwiches under a tree as it was hot. From there onto Weybourne where we stopped for a hot drink then took the coast road to Sheringham.
The Norfolk countryside was quite beautiful for the first day of September. Nick was in awe and occasionally said “look at that”. All very well but when there is hedgerows I couldn’t see a thing as I was lower than the cyclists in my Boma.
We finally made it to Cromer and going through the town we went side by side through the one way system. I felt like giving a royal wave!!
We finally reached the finish at the About with Friends café. The café is ran by people with learning disabilities although it was not open when we arrived!
Day 3 Final Day
Our final day and 2 more people joining us. Joe, a friend of Nick’s and designer of the T Shirts and Michael (Mike), my elder niece’s boyfriend.
We set off from Northrepps towards Southrepps, then across the A149 at Antingham towards Banningham where we stopped to refuel at the Crown. And then headed to Buxton and Lamas and pressed onto Norwich. There were some fantastic views of the ridge to the north of Norwich as we were cycling along.
We stopped at Frettenham and Spixworth for more pit stops and leg stretches. We finally arrived in Norwich coming down St Clements Hill, then along Magdalen Street. Through Tombland and Castle Meadow then across Gentleman’s Walk up to The Forum.
Sadly we missed the Lord Mayor of Norwich as we were late arriving (my rubbish timings!!). However, we did finally meet the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of Norwich at Norfolk Disability Pride.
In 2019, I will be aiming to do the Coast to Coast along Hadrian’s cycle route as a 10th Anniversary ride. I completed this as my first cycle challenge in 2009 and ever since I have been taking Boma adventures annually around England. I will have a team of cyclists and support for care.
To make this happen, I’m looking for assistance with;
- Financial Sponsorship (campsites fees, fuel for support vehicle)
- Motorhome (help with cost of hiring one)
- Volunteer (care & support)
If you are able to assist or for more information, please contact me (Martin) by emailing Martin.firstname.lastname@example.org or cintact me via https://www.facebook.com/aspectsofmartin/