Left home at 05:00, rode to The Mall where the Prologue started at 6am. Royal Parks had forgotten to close the road as agreed, but TfL Road Events Supremo Gary McGowan flagged down a passing police car and the road was closed to motors five minutes later.
Monday 29th July, Pocklington to Moffat (Dumfries & Galloway), 371km
We made it into Scotland by around tea-time, and were with beer in Moffat before dark. A delightfully scenic route across the Pennines via Alston where we stopped in the splendid Moody-Baker tea rooms and I ate all the cakes.
An early start saw us in Edinburgh for breakfast, then we turned south - time to go home. At the Traquair control I was alarmed to discover a splitting rim on my rear wheel. Luckily there was whisky.
Wednesday 31st July, Brampton to Market Rasen (Lincs), 301km
A grey day today in the Yorkshire drizzle. Crossed back over the Humber in the company of Stuart "Bikefix" Denison and Dominic "Wheeler" Trevett.
Thursday 1st August, Market Rasen to home, 311km
The final day, the party's all over too soon. Strong headwinds across the flatlands of Lincs and Cambs but got into a useful group with a couple of Yanks and made stonking progress, only interrupted by frequent visits to local hostelries in premature celebration of our achievement. Final brevet card stamp at 22:53
Really nice medal!