DAILY BLOG

Keep up-to-date on preparations and the challenge itself. I will post an honest daily account of the ups, the downs, the difficulties and of course the beautiful scenery. During my journey you can find my location here:

Hello from Shetland!
Hello everyone. Thank you for coming back to my website and checking out my blog. Although I have finished the[...]
Day 97 – New Romney to Brighton
I was so excited when I set off this morning but knew that I had a tough day ahead. I[...]
I’ve made it back to Brighton! The first disabled female cyclist to circumnavigate the entire Great British coastline!
End of journey film - compressed Today I arrived back in Brighton, 97 days after setting off on my adventure.[...]
Day 96 – Faversham to New Romney
Wednesday 30th May I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I thought I would use[...]
Please help me share my Press Release – THE FIRST DISABLED FEMALE TRIKE CYCLIST TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE ENTIRE COASTLINE OF GREAT BRITAIN
Press Release can be found here: PRESS RELEASE - Zebra on a Bike   Thank you all so much for[...]
Day 95 – Orsett to Faversham
Tuesday 29th May I packed up the tent and travelled the 5 miles to the Tilbury Ferry. It started raining[...]
 DAY 94 – South Woodham Ferrers to Orsett
We spent the morning organising my final few days and working out when I could get home. I’m pleased to[...]
Day 93 – Ramsey to South Woodham Ferrers
Sunday 27th May I am going to start todays blog with Danny’s review of the campsite, you will see why:[...]
Day 92 – Leiston to Ramsey
Saturday 26th May We had planned a later start so that I could wash my hair (I was too tired[...]
Day 91 – Cromer to Leiston
Friday 25th May Day 91, the day I had estimated I would be back in Brighton and that would have[...]
Day 89 – Grimsby to King’s Lynn
Wednesday 23rd May So today I was supposed to cycle 67 miles but I just kept going and going and[...]
Days 86 – 88
Day 86 Sunday 20th May The opposite to yesterday a very hilly start, up out of Robin Hood's Bay. I[...]
Day 85 – Seaton Carew to Robin Hood’s Bay
Saturday 19th May - A day of contrasts As I headed towards Middlesbrough I was cycling through heavy industry, chimneys[...]
Day 84 – Back on the road – Newcastle to Seaton Carew
Friday 18th May I was a little apprehensive when I went to bed last night and I had questions whizzing[...]
UPDATE
Friday 18th May I am over-the-moon to tell you, I am back on the road today! I spent a few[...]
UPDATE
Monday 14th May Unfortunately I haven’t been able to fight off the infection that I have in my cheek, I[...]
UPDATE
Wednesday 9th May Thank you for all of your messages yesterday! I am overwhelmed by the support. I am sorry[...]
UPDATE
Tuesday 8th May I managed to make it to Berwick yesterday where Danny had parked his car on Friday. I[...]
DAY 72 – St Andrews to Edinburgh (Musselburgh)
Sunday 6th May Today was going to be a good day. The sun was shining, the skies were blue, and[...]
Day 71 *Guest blog post written by Danny*
Saturday 5th May *Guest blog post written by Danny* Yesterday I had driven six and a half hours from Wokingham[...]
Day 70 – Cruden Bay to Montrose
Friday 4th May The lows are thankfully usually followed by highs and yesterday was one of them. Reading all of[...]
Day 69 – Portsoy to Cruden Bay
Thursday 3rd May I got off to a bit of a late start because my bed at the bunkhouse was[...]
Day 68 – Nairn to Portsoy
Wednesday 2nd May This morning it was pouring, I wish I had put the extra awning I have with me[...]
Days 66 and 67 Inverness
Monday 30th April I turned up at the bike shop just after they opened to find out that my front[...]
Day 65 – Helmsdale to Inverness
Thursday 29th April How lucky were we, the sun was forecast to shine on us all day! It was still[...]
Day 64 John O’ Groats to Helmsdale
Saturday 28th April Sören and I were fast asleep and at 3am there was an extremely loud noise. I remember[...]
Days 62 and 63 – Cycle tourist! Thurso to Evie and Evie to John O Groats
Thursday 26th April Mike escorted me to the ferry terminal in Thurso to get the ferry to Mainland Orkney. NorthLink[...]
Days 60 and 61 – Rest Day / Tongue to Thurso
Tuesday 24th April (rest day) Today I needed to order a new front derailleur and get it delivered to someone[...]
Day 59 – Kinlochbervie to Tongue
Monday 23rd April A lot of you may know that I had a catastrophic mechanical yesterday afternoon, which is why[...]
Day 58 – Unapool to Kinlochbervie
Sunday 22nd April Firstly, thank you for all of your kind messages on yesterday's blog post. They really do make[...]
DAY 57 – Lochinver to Unapool
Saturday 21st April Despite the drunk locals waking us up as they talked loudly when going home from the party[...]
DAY 56 – Ullapool to Lochinver
Friday 20th April This morning we were rudely awakened by an intruder of the winged variety. To our surprise a[...]
DAY 55 – Poolewe to Ullapool
Thursday 19th April Last night the wind was so strong that we barely slept. The 40mph gusts battered the tent[...]
DAY 54 – Shieldaig to Poolewe
Wednesday 18th April After a slight lie in (we still got up at 6:30am) I was feeling refreshed and ready[...]
DAY 53 – Rest day in Shieldaig
Tuesday 17th April I really needed this rest day after being so tired the day before. The thought of packing[...]
DAY 52: Lochcarron to Shieldaig – over the Bealach na Ba pass
Monday 16th April For the first time I stepped outside the tent and it didn’t feel cold. We managed to[...]
DAY 51 – Portree to Lochcarron
Sunday 15th April After a restless night's sleep in our tent (something to do with pitching it on a slope[...]
DAY 50 – Broadford to Portree
Saturday 14th April I’m pleased to report that I woke up this morning feeling refreshed (if still somewhat groggy) and[...]
DAY 49 – Mallaig to Broadford
Friday 13th April I’m not at all superstitious but this Friday the 13th hasn’t gone exactly to plan. After a[...]
DAY 48 – Kilchoan to (near) Mallaig
Thursday 12th April Welcome to the Costa del Scotland! (Danny’s pun). Today could have been played out in Spain rather[...]
DAY 47 – Craignure to Kilchoan
Wednesday 11th April We arose early in the Bunkhouse (pre 6am) and crept out of our shared dorm, trying our[...]
DAY 46 – Inveraray to Craignure
Tuesday 10th April Despite our tiny room and bunk beds we actually slept pretty well. We woke up and had[...]
DAY 45 – Hunters Quay to Inveraray
Monday 9th April Again the day began shrouded in thick mist giving the loch a mysterious and eerie presence. We[...]
BLOG POST: DAY 44 – Maybole to Hunters Quay
Sunday 8th April This morning started with a mass reshuffle of mine and Danny’s bags so that we could more[...]
Day 43 – Mull of Galloway to (near) Maybole
Saturday 7th April If yesterday was my ‘go-slow’ day then today I had my go faster stripes on! This speedy[...]
Day 42 – Kirkcowan to Mull of Galloway
Friday 6th April I am sat writing this watching the lighthouse on the Mull of Galloway (the most southerly point[...]
Day 41 – Dumfries to Kirkcowan
Thursday 5th April I struggled to get up and gave myself an extra hour in bed. I was still exhausted[...]
Day 40 – Kirkbride to Dumfries
Wednesday 4th April I have been putting off writing this blog post as I do not want to relive this[...]
Day 39 – Holmrook to Kirkbride
Tuesday 3rd April I had another slow puncture so the night before had taken the wheel off my trike and[...]
Day 38 – Penny Bridge to Holmrook – the rain, snow and wind have returned at the same time as the hills!
Monday 2nd April Today was supposed to be a 58 mile cycle but after seeing the weather forecast there was[...]
Day 37 – Pilling to Penny Bridge
Sunday 1st April I had arranged to meet Andrew, another ICE trike rider, next to a pub close to where[...]
Day 36 – Stockport to Pilling – punctures, north wind, flag retrieving and glitter balls!
Saturday 31st March The first stretch of the day was along Marine Drive in Stockport, it was bitter cold again[...]
Day 35 – Rest Day – A restless rest day
Friday 30th March I woke up to find that my hosts had booked themselves into see a doctor and that[...]
Day 34 – Greasby (Wirral) to Formby – Back to Liverpool and a half rest day
Thursday 29th March A bit of a later start this morning, I picked up my parcel from the post office[...]
Day 33 – Conwy to Greasby (Wirral)
Early mornings, torrential rain, glorious sunshine, massive local support, the Scouse accent and getting pooped on by a Seagull! Wednesday[...]
Day 32 – Valley (Anglesey) to Conwy
3 Trikes, 1 Recumbent Bike and 7 Bikes Tuesday 27th March It was spitting when I left this morning so[...]
Day 31 – Tudweiliog to Valley (Anglesea)
Monday 26th March I again squeezed my sore foot into my cycling boot and started the day. It started pretty[...]
Day 30 – Barmouth to Tudweiliog
Sunday 25th March I fell asleep at 6pm last night! I woke in the middle of the night for a[...]
Day 29 – Llanrhystud to Barmouth – beautiful scenery and a very sore toe
Saturday 24th March Another morning, another hill, a long one up to Aberystwyth and then another steeper one out. I[...]
Day 28 – Newport (Pembrokeshire) to Llanrhystud
Friday 24th March All ready in our cycling attire, Peter, Julie and I ate breakfast looking out at their view.[...]
Day 27 – Herbrandston to Newport (Pembrokeshire) – A new perspective, the hills felt easier!
Thursday 22nd March I woke up with a bit of a headache, I don’t think I had enough water to[...]
Day 26 – Carmarthen to Herbrandston
Wednesday 21st March I started out this morning in fog, the beautiful view from the top of the hill had[...]
Day 25 – Swansea to Carmarthen – finally the sun appears
Tuesday 20th March Stepping outside the hotel in the sunshine really made it feel like spring has finally arrived, it[...]
Day 24 – Cardiff (Penarth) to Swansea
Monday 19th March There was still a lot of ice on the roads but we had to get Danny to[...]
Day 23 – Snows stops riding for the second time on my trip
KSunday 18th March It was a tough decision to make when Danny and I woke up to quite a few[...]
Day 22 – Portishead to Cardiff; 2 trikes, 1 tandem, 8 bikes, snow storms, gale force winds and bitter cold.
Saturday 17th March We woke up to porridge cooking on the hob courtesy of a blurry eyed Richard. He was[...]
Day 21 – Crowcombe to Portishead (with Danny)
Day 21 - Crowcombe to Portishead (with Danny)Friday 16th March With no warm up we were faced with Crowcombe Combe,[...]
Day 20 – Exford to Crowcombe (a low mileage day to meet Danny/ a second rest day)
Thursday 15th March I woke up early with the intention of cycling to Porlock and trying the steepest A road[...]
Day 19 – Rest Day
Wednesday 14th March A very brief write up for today since there was no cycling involved. I had planned to[...]
Day 18 – Knowle to Exford, including Challacombe and Exmoor Forest 100 climbs
Tuesday 13th March The sun was shining and I took the opportunity to check over my bike, after greasing the[...]
Day 17 – Bude to Knowle – Cornish Mizzle
Monday 12th March My 9th day cycling in a row without a break! Today was the first morning that I[...]
Day 16 – Treyarnon to Bude
Sunday 11th March I woke up and was ready to leave by sunrise, the first hour of the day was[...]
Day 15 – Portreath (Illogan) to Treyarnon
Saturday 10th March The weather forecast had 95 percent chance of heavy rain all day. Waterproofs were the order of[...]
Day 14 – Lands Ends to Portreath
Friday 9th March I started early to cycle as far as possible before the heavy rain. It was already spitting[...]
Day 13 – To Lands End
Thursday 8th March I started out at 8am, Ewen helped me load my bike and I was off to find[...]
Day 12 – St Mawes – ICE Trikes (Falmouth) – Cury (Lizard)
Wednesday 7th March I woke up and had another bath with a sea view and then had breakfast in the[...]
Day 11 – Plymouth to St Mawes, finally the sun shines on me all day!
Tuesday 6th March I woke up early, had a quick breakfast and Bella (the lady who owns the BnB) helped[...]
Day 10 – Plymouth to Polruan – Emotions changing as quickly and as much as my front chainrings!
Monday 5th March I woke up early and spoke on Radio Plymouth. James made me breakfast and helped me pack[...]
This weeks schedule!
I am back on track but skipping my rest day today get ahead of myself. This is this weeks schedule[...]
Day 9 – Back on track: Dorchester to where I got rescued near Honiton when the road turned into rivers. (Now in Plymouth)
Sunday 4th March I got up at 5am and made the most of my massive bath before having breakfast and[...]
Day 8 – On the move again, slowly and not far. Lulworth – Dorchester
Saturday 3rd March I had made a plan to cycle to Dorchester and get a train (with 1 change) that[...]
Day 7 – Another snow day in Lulworth
Friday 2nd March I woke up early, the snow was deeper and the bare parts of the road caused by[...]
Day 6 – Snow, -6 degree temperatures and ice have stopped this Zebra for today
Thursday 1st March (Lulworth Cove in the snow) It is with a heavy heart and it has been tough decision[...]
Day 5 – New Forest – Lulworth
I had to get up early and have breakfast to talk on BBC Radio Dorset, which went well. The next[...]
Day 4 – Hayling Island to Burley (New Forest)
February 27th I was on a go-slow from the minute I woke up this morning. I think relaxing the day[...]
A BBC news film… About Me!
The day before I left for Brighton I was an extremely busy bee spending hours with a BBC film crew[...]
Day 3 – Littlehampton to Hayling Island
Monday 26th February I woke up after 11 hours in bed, feeling refreshed but pretty sore, I kept waking every[...]
Day 2 – 13.1 mile run followed by my first 20 mile cycle along the coast
Sunday 25th February Phew that is over. My anxiety towards doing the Brighton Half for the last few weeks has[...]
Day 1: A big Wokingham and WCC send off
Yesterday was the culmination of months of planning, organising and dreaming of cycling the coast line of the UK. It[...]
Listen to me on BBC Radio Berkshire
I was on BBC Radio Berkshire this morning (Friday 23rd February) talking about my challenge that starts tomorrow! Please listen[...]
Custom Zebra
A snapshot of my custom kit So excited that my custom kit has arrived from ProVision today! This was the[...]
One last service – thanks Steve :) – 11 days to go
I've spent a lot of time recently preparing myself for the challenge that lies ahead...but what about my trike? My[...]
It’s not all plain s̶a̶i̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ cycling
You may have all noticed that I have been doing very few miles on my trike over the past few[...]
3 months worth of toiletries…
I don't wear make-up very often or use many products, but I am away for just over 3 months so[...]
Training with EDS – it’s not all about cycling!
My personal experience with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is that the fitter I am, the more I keep my symptoms under[...]
ICE Trikes Unite – Making friends on the road
Last week Danny and I visited Mandy Adams on our way back from Yorkshire. Mandy got into contact with me[...]
Cooking round the campfire
For me, fuelling my body during the trip will be one of the most challenging aspects. I suffer from gastroparesis[...]
Recumbent cycling: From 5 – 5000 miles
For me recumbent cycling makes perfect sense. Having PoTS and EDS means that by bodies autonomic nervous system (ANS) does[...]

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