Its some time since my last post, but I have packed in some things since then. Firstly my ride from London to Paris. Three wonderful days of cycling with a great bunch. It was really well organised and supported by Cycle Wild. There was 40 of us in the end, and we managed to raise £55,000 for Diabetes UK between us.
I them went to my daughters in the USA for a holiday. Its the first time we have been to them since they moved to New Jersey in May this year. We had a really nice time with them, and particularly enjoyed the weekend away in Cape May on the Jersey coast. We managed to get lost on out second to last day trying to go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from the Jersey City side. We managed to see most of the Manhatten skyline from across the Hudson river and racked up $25 in road tolls, when it should have cost us $3.90. We did eventually find it, and had a wonderful day, after driving through some real dodgy places. Got lost on the way back to, so ended up in Starbucks and a strong coffee to calm the nerves. We have driven all over the USA in the past and never managed to get lost before, but it was New York! Lucy and her husband Ben had the snow this weekend. They had 10 inches and the power is out. They don’t expect to be back on before Wednesday.
On our return we got a call to say Jill’s dad was in hospital seriously ill. He had a stroke four and a half years ago, and has been living in a care home. Sadly he passed away peacefully after two weeks back in the care home with his family around him. He had a good life and was 87 years old.
We are going to Athens this week for five days, which will be a well deserved break after the last month. It will be nice to have some Autumn sunshine to recharge the batteries before Christmas.