Bermuda End to End
Date 2100 - 7 May 2011 (UTC -3)
Friday was a leisurely day which ended up with Happy Hour in the
Waking on Saturday morning there was a flat calm and the sound of PA coming across the water. It dawned on us that there was some sort of charity event taking place and investigation in the local information handouts revealed that it was the 24th annual Bermuda End to End cycle and walking event. By the time that I had digested all of this it was 1000 and over the water came the sound of the start of the cycle event; a challenge! Leaping into lycra and digging a folding bicycle out of the lazarette having been packed off by Elizabeth with some on board support and vitals I dinghied across the harbour and was able to register and get off by 1030.
There were a number of minor issues. Firstly I had no idea where the
route went and secondly it dawned on me that this was an end to end which
inferred that it did not finish where I had started – worry about that
later. As fortune would have it on the way out of St George I came across another
late starter, Dean Minors. Dean is a teacher in one of the
The Coggeshall Randonneurs shirt had an outing for another End to End, not quite John o’Groats in the background. Our shirt sponsors should be proud:
The route was exactly 24 miles and lest there be any misunderstanding
The event is huge with some 400 riders and large numbers of walkers starting at different stages. It reckons to raise over $350,000 for local charities.
As the British Rail used to state “it is not the going it is the getting
back”. There was a free ferry back to
Looking at it philosophically it was an excellent way to see the island and I am sure that I will recover soon!
The north shore has many beautiful coves and beaches. The