Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Rimini to Brindisi


We are obviously trying to raise as much money as possible for the Red Cross, and the default sponsorship donation goes 50/50 for the Red Cross and towards the costs of the trip (Visas, Food, Internet Cafes, Maps etc). We are budgeting as much as possible but it is still difficult to keep the costs down because we cannot control the majority of our spending which is not on food or any other variable but on things like VISAS (It costs £95 for Iranian VISA alone) and maps and unexpected repairs such as my front pannier rack which has given way. Any excess sponsorship cost covering money will go to the Red Cross once we have finished the trip if there is any too.
If you would still like to sponsor us you can by:

Emailing me the amount you have sponsored us, your name, and the amount you want to go to the Red Cross and amount you want to put towards covering the costs of the trip, if any.
The bank account I have set up for the sponsorship money is:

Mr Mohan Everett
account no: 72433983
sort code: 07 00 30

You can pay money into that bank account via phone banking, online banking, cash (in bank) or by cheque.
I'm set up with online banking and will be basing my budgets and checking balance/transferring money with it throughout the whole trip, whenever I'm near a computer.

You can also pay via Paypal to:


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Blog update:

We have reached the town of Brindisi after a week of cycling from Rimini. A lot has happened in this week and Italy has been incredible. After a week of relaxation in Rimini whilst waiting for our package from the UK to arrive, our legs had got used to the lack of cycling unfortunately they have a lot more work to do.
The people at our hostel were very nice they even sold duff beer??? We have had an amazing cycle down the coast of italy the scenery has got steadily nicer and more tropical as we go. The towns have got less touristy and much more friendly the further we have gone.
The weather has been perfect until today, and it has only rained once since we entered italy.
We have slept outside most nights this last week, as the weather has been good and its much faster to pack up in the morning.
Mo has suffered the first puncture of the trip, and i am proud to say that i have cycled to greece without getting a puncture i wonder how long this luck will last.
Weve met a lot more people now we are out of the tourist zones of italy, the locals are much more interested in us. Everyone we have spoken to has said "mumma mia" when we tell them how far we have cycled hahaha.
We had a nasty nights sleep after cycling 150km, we slept on a rock solid ploud field. It was freezing and our sleeping bags were already soaked from the dew from the night before. It wasnt the highlight of the trip thats for sure.
I had a very close escape as we cycled through Bari, a car pulled out as i was going down a hill, and i swerved but went into the side of the car. luckily i was unhurt, and the car was undamaged. But when i started to cycle away i noticed that my front wheel was completely bent. We attempted to adjust the spokes and bend the rim back, but it wasnt happening. Luckily we pushed the bike into town and some very enthusiastic italian men showed us the local bike mechanics shop. The mechanic obviously knew his stuff, we were convinced i would need a new wheel which would cost me around 60 euro. But the mechanic spent a few minutes adjusting the spokes, bent the rim slightly and my wheel was better than before the crash, he was a genius. All for 10 euro he even reinforced mohan's front pannier rack, we believe it will last him to australia thanks to this mechanic, he saved the day!
We set ourselves the challenge of reaching Brindisi for this mornings ferry. After 5 and a half hours of cycling yesterday and another hour this morning we arrived, to discover that the ferry isnt until 6.30 this evening. To make matters worse the final cycle to Brinidisi was all against the wind making it twice as difficult and twice as unpleasant. But it is over now and we have greece to look forward to, though we have the unexpected inconvenience of arriving at 2.am!

ps. we are trying to upload high resolution pics to photobucket, but most the pcs we use are too slow for it! watch this space though, we have some good pics and are working on it.

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