Recently, while counting out six rashers of smoked bacon and chatting about what I had been up to, our butcher asked me if I was bored. Bored?!Bored?! I paused and smiled, raising my eyebrows and tilting my head to look at him more closely. He was serious – it wasn’t a trick question. I resisted the urge to chuckle and instead sketched over some of the reasons why I love my life right now. I have never been less bored.
One of those reasons was that my schedule is flexible enough to allow me to have lots of mini adventures – and my plans to loop the planet under Sarah-power next year mean that I need them too. Cycling will form a big part of my planetry loop, so I am pedalling miles and miles and miles and have plans to get in some serious paddling training too. In fact I recently had my most enjoyable commute – a 180 mile cycle ride back home from York after a speaking gig. Happy days, eh?
I am excited to have two mini adventures planned for the next few weeks – one is on a bike and one is on a board. One will be watery and I really hope the other is not. Both will be brilliant.
Pedal for Pounds
Over May Bank Holiday weekend I will be joining 45 other cyclists, including the wonderwoman that is Olympic heptathlete Denise Lewis, to cycle across Cornwall. ‘Pedal for Pounds’ is the brain child of my friend and cancer warrior Kris Hallenga, founder of the brilliant breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel. I will be supporting Coppafeel through my ‘London to London: Via the World’ expedition too – so you will hear more about Kris and this fantabulous charity over the months ahead.If you would like to pop a few nickels in the charity tin then please click here.
As soon as I have pedalled to Lands End I shall be nipping up to Bath ready for my next mini adventure, which will see fellow adventurer and quirky nutter Dave Cornthwaite and I Stand Up Paddle Board to London. A what? I hear you say… SUP is fairly unknown and certainly a bit of a head turner. It’s simple, you stand up on a big board and paddle with a big long paddle. I am excited about this – we have a great band of sponsors covering all our costs (including our very own Spaceship) which means we can raise more dollar for our chosen charities. Mine is Coppafeel and Dave’s is The AV Foundation.
We would love folks to join us on the water and also to welcome us in to London Bridge on June 8th. So if you would like to get involved or throw a few spare pennies at the pot then click here.
For now, thanks in anticipation of all your good-hearted coin throwing.
PS The wonderful Jessie Watson landed in Sydney today after her epic 210 day loop of the planet. Well done Jessie!
PPS People keep asking me to spill the beans about ‘London to London: Via the World’ and I promise to post more information about it all before long. Put April 2nd in your diaries for next year, book a ticket to London and watch this space.
PPPS I still have a stash of limited edition ocean polo shirts – both big people sizes and children’s. Perfect for the summer and bargain price of £10/£8 plus p+p. Email me if you want one.
PPPPS If you’re into this Twitter lark then you can keep up to date on all the fruitloopy happenings @SarahOuten