3 December 2016
When I completed my first European Country – 800+ miles down the length of the UK – I knew that (a) I could cycle long distance, (b) that ’50 Good Turns’ was a brilliant and valid concept and (c) I wanted to maintain momentum. I had a lot of paid work booked into the diary in September and October, and couldn’t feasibly cycle a cold country in winter whilst carrying all my wintry kit in panniers (the 4-season sleeping bag alone would take up a load of space), so I pondered how to maintain momentum, or at least feel that I had done more than one country in 2016… I needed a small and warm country 🙂 Hello Malta.
Malta is smaller than the Isle of Wight! I had no idea. Just 9 miles N/S x 16 miles E/W it was going to be a doddle after the UK.
My ‘unique cycling buddy’ on this trip was a real trooper and stepped right out of her comfort zone to accompany me – thank you Lou.
The charity work – the Good Deed – was working with autistic children through The Inspire Foundation, who help over 1000 individuals with physical and mental disabilities ranging from Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and others. Lou and I landed in Malta on Friday 2nd December, got picked up by Inspire from the airport and had a very full-on afternoon working with the autistic kids! I believe this was more tiring and demanding that cycling across Malta!
On Saturday 3rd December, Lou and I cycled 30 miles, from coast to coast and on a circular route, to make the most of our trip. Thanks so much to our ‘superhero’ Jack, who loaned us top notch bikes: The Cyclist Malta.