I have many people to thank their support on the trip, so roughly in chronological order:
For their support, and for trying to balance James’ desire to come along on the trip with a matter of far more pressing importance! To James especially for nevertheless driving me and the bike down to Cornwall and collecting me from Forfar.
Special thanks to Streetbike, firstly for their faith in electric motorbikes and their insistence in supporting them through their early years, in the full knowledge that they are the future. Special thanks for initially offering James the use of the demo bike for the journey, even if he couldn’t take up the offer ultimately, and for liaising with Zero in the Netherlands and persuading them to lend me the Quiq chargers for the trip, without which it wouldn’t have been viable in the timeframe. Alex, Jason, and colleagues: you’re great!
For sponsoring the three main ferry crossings between Scrabster and Stromness, Kirkwall and Lerwick, and Lerwick and Aberdeen.
For letting me charge and providing me with a pleasant first night’s stay.
For the great photos at Land's End.
For letting me charge, your hospitality, offering me drinks, interesting conversation and showing me around your impressive property.
For the charge while I enjoyed a nice evening meal.
For the stable for the bike, overnight charge, and helping me out, despite my late arrival.
For accompanying on one leg of the trip and company at the following stop.
For the charge, great porridge, and lovely surroundings.
For the charge and a very nice evening meal.
For the company while charging in Carlisle and proper introduction to infrared panel heaters.
For staying up late to welcome me and for the overnight charge.
For your friendly welcome, letting me charge, entertaining me, feeding and watering me, and offering me the use of a guest’s bathroom. A great pleasure to meet you!
For the cheerful welcome, the use of your car port to charge the bike, a pleasant stay in your nice hotel in a lovely location, and for the proper porridge at breakfast.
For allowing me to charge, the great time I spent chatting with regulars Donnie and Billy. To Donnie for the generous contribution to the fundraising, and for a very pleasant early afternoon in a nice location.
For allowing me to charge overnight and a homely stay, accompanied by very friendly cats.
For the welcome on Orkney, arranging the interview with BBC Radio Orkney, meeting up with the other folks you’d lined up to see, showing me around and the visit to Hammars Hill Wind Farm, the footage you filmed, the interview you gave, inviting me to the meeting in the afternoon, and generally making me feel welcomed, and of course… letting me charge the bike at your house.
For taking the time out of your busy schedule to explain to me the work of Pure and talk about green technologies more generally, and of course for the “bottled Unst weather” from your wind turbines, which allowed me to ride to my brother’s house, south of Lerwick
Well, it would be rude not to thank my own brother and family for their usual hospitality in Shetland and for feeding me and the bike. Paul, for meeting up with me over your lunch hour and then showing me to BBC Radio Shetland.
For co-ordinating the ITN 5 News coverage, interviewing me, and genuine interest in following my journey.
For their support; for helping me to constantly improve my riding and for fostering a healthy mentality of continuous improvement in members; for supporting me in my role as a trainer; and for not taking the mickey out of my electric bike… too much!
For their ongoing love and support and for putting up with a rather odd hubby/daddy.
Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated in support of the fundraising efforts. Every penny is appreciated.
Finally, not one of the places I stopped and charged at asked for any money, even when offered. It wouldn’t have been a huge amount at any rate, but it was still a nice gesture. Thank you to all of you.