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uk coastal trip

hi there folks, just to introduce myself, i'm a family man from dorset u.k. i live with my wife of six and a half years, my two sons aged fifteen and five and my dear ol' mum aged eighty. we recently (1 week ago) were told that my mum has contracted cancer for probably the last time (she's had it four times before!?). this is to be confirmed tommorrow (tuesday 09/03/2010). if it's bad news i'm thinking that i'd like to do a coastal ride around the UK to raise awareness and money for cancer research, macmillan nurses and marie curie nurses, who give their time and care free! my main question would be who knows the complete distance starting from poole, dorset and finishing back where i started. no motorways and only the occaisional dual carriageway. any other interesting thoughts or ideas or indeed any suggestions (as this is going to be my first charity ride) would be very welcome...
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Well, 'Bike' magazine did a run round the coast in the July 2009 issue and they covered 3152 miles (in 72 hours using several riders) They took a few shortcuts, but it's a ball park figure anyway.

Perhaps the relevant cancer care organisations can advise on sponsorship. Good luck anyhow.

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thanks for that, it was just to get an idea of how long the trip could take.
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hey spiff sorry to here that about your mum.

if you wanted to be really precise and had some spare time you could use googlemaps. Make your own map, then use the 'draw a line along a road' function.

If you need help let me know as im a geek with these things.

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Hi spiff sorry about your mum, Nick Sanders did a trip like this last year and wrote about it in Bike magazine, I remember somewhere that he said to alow a fortnight to do it comfortably but if you didn't want to stop and sightsee then you could do it a lot faster than that.

Nick Sanders - Parallel Coast - Notes & Pictures

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MCN did a trip arount the UK run a search on there site Motorcycle News UK | Motorbikes | MCN
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hi there, guys thanks for all the support and suggestions, think i might buy Nicks' book! i wasn't planning on "sightseeing" but would like to hook up with other riders and area groups of the three charities i plan to fundraise for. All would be welcome... watch this space!
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unfortunately the time has come to plan for the ride as my mum sadly passed away last month. the trip will start on the 25th May 2011,(my mums birthdate). it will take approximately two weeks, some 5000 miles on my Triumph Daytona 955i (ouch!). I'm hoping to get some radio coverage and also set up a blog with links to the charity web sites, to allow people to donate straight to them. I would also like to use the facilities of the YHA each night so any tips as to who to speak to organize this would be appreciated.
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Think it might be one of the iron butt rides too. It will tell you on their website
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sorry just checked, its just a 4 corners ride
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Hi Spiff, sorry to here of your mums passing. Have you thought of a web site for max exposure , linked to the charity of your choice and donations on line.
Im doing somthing similar at the mo. Check out Solo Bike Tour for Cancer with Julians Restaurant, Hoylake . This might help with ideas. Feel free to PM me for anything else . Good luck . Jules.
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thanks for that jules, i had thought of a website but i'm not that literate with i.t. however i'm going to the hospice that my mum enjoyed going to, while there i'll talk to the fundraising team and hopefully they'll also have a few ideas....watch this space.....
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