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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Jake meets Olympic Gold Medallist


Sir Steve Redgrave

London Inspiration and Excitement

The London 2012 countdown clock,
Trafalgar Square, London

The team had tickets to go to the Antarctica Exhibition, The Heart of the Great Alone, in the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

So, for the first time, they spent the weekend in London and had a fantastic time.

On Saturday, they queued for 4 hours 45 minutes.  Yes, you did read that correctly - 285 minutes, outside the Royal Academy in order to visit the David Hockney Exhibition - A Bigger Picture.

Jake was introduced to the concept of long hours standing in a snaking line, chatting to strangers, experiencing the delights of Pret a Manger sandwiches (a real delight), filling in activity books and watching 'Fast Track' and pre-booked ticket holders stroll past with a carefree air.

Nic & Philip are still not sure whether they convinced him that standing in a queue was part of the whole experience and would really make the whole day more memorable.

However, the exhibition was fantastic!  The size and bold colours of  the canvasses really made an impact.

 The following day the team found themselves surrounded by inspirational sights and sounds.

The Heart of the Great Alone was an exhibition of photographs from the famous Scott and Shackleton Expeditions to the Antarctic.

Both men and their teams were incredibly brave, determined and inspirational.  The photographs are stunning and the stories of the expeditions are extraordinary.  Shackleton's Endurance expedition and the amazing rescue and survival of him and all his team after the Endurance was shipwrecked is truly incredible.
Jake standing in front of a photograph of
Captain Scott
In the gallery reading about the rescue of Shackleton's men
 from Elephant Island
This was not the end of the team's inspirational day.  They headed out of the exhibition and onto The Mall to witness hundreds of runners Going the Extra Mile for Sports Relief.  It was an amazing sight and then, as they watched the 2:00p.m runners leave the Start Line, they caught sight of 5 times Olympic Gold Medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave.  Jake was able to get his new polo shirt signed, tell him a little about the bikewithJake challenge and then get a photo.

What a fantastic, inspirational day!

Jake waiting to meet
Sir Steve Redgrave

We're still here

No the team haven't disappeared in a puff of smoke, they're here in some form or other.

Nic is back to sickly and so the pedalling is on hold, yet again!  At this rate, the first day of the ride in June, a total of 62 miles, will just about finish her off.  Still, with qualified medical people on the case there is an anticipation of improvement any time soon.  Of course, the improvement may just happen as a result of the Easter Holidays.  Not wishing to be left out, Jake is showing signs of a cold and cough (end-of-termitis, probably) so all this fabulous weather has rather passed them by.  You'll be pleased to hear that Philip is at least doing some rides in isolation - he'll need to work hard because it's likely the other two will be asking for a tow.

Do not go thinking that nothing has been happening because this is far from the case.

Schools have been contacted, re-contacted and then spoken to again.  A PowerPoint presentation has been completed for schools to use in order to introduce the team, Action for Children and Access Sport.

Nic took a great photo of a hot air balloon (no, this has nothing to do with anything but she was pleased with it).

New polo shirts have been delivered along with the print for the pannier covers and Jake has had his polo shirt signed by a very important person.....

You see, this is a great photo
considering it was taken with a mobile phone.