On Monday, I made it to Cropredy, just outside Banbury, and to my digs in the 'loft room' at The Brasenose Arms. Every day in my life is emotional and this first week of my ride has seen many a tear. But Monday was a particularly emotional day; one that took me through Warwick, the place where Julie learned that her cancer was inoperable in 2010 and that it was therefore going to end her life very prematurely. I will spare you the details of all the emotions that I went through that day but I will just mention riding briefly into St Nicholas’ Park in Warwick. Julie and I had a walk around that park on the day after she had been told about the cancer being inoperable. She had asked if we could stay in Warwick for a few days, instead of returning home straight away, while she got her head around the latest information and prognosis and decided how she was going to tell our families the news. Despite the devastation and turmoil that she must have been feeling inside, Julie walked around the park taking in the beauty of the flowers, the songs of the birds, and the vibrant colours. I have some lovely photos of her from that day and in each and everyone, Julie is smiling.
Immediately below, I have posted a few photos from the first three days of my ride, and one of Julie, in St Nicholas Park, Warwick, taken in September 2010. K xx