Apologies for the delay in posting this thank-you (my broadband connection has been down since I arrived home last Tuesday and it has only just been repaired), but here goes….
For providing me with a bed for the night when I was in their town or city thanks to Iain & Carly in Deal, Alain in Boulogne, Anais in Lille, Simone & Elettra in Pavia, Marcello in Rome, Massimo & Elena in Benevento & of course, for putting me up (and putting up with me) in Puglia itself, Basil & Liz.
For turning up on time and meeting me along the way as arranged, thanks to Paul in London & Claus in Strasbourg.
For taking time out to chat, the countless number of people I met along the way and who helped me never feel lonely. You know who you are!
For advising and encouraging me as I cycled through your thoughtful, funny, supportive comments on this blog, thanks to (especially) Jim in Cumbria, Iain (the same one as above!), Tricia & Helen in (different parts of) New Zealand, “Otto Sentieri” (aka Basil), Zoe back in Reading (and thanks for the ride home from Stansted as well btw), Simone in Pavia, my old school friend John in Ripon, Janet & Michael who I met in the Vosges and have been commenting since, ex-colleagues Nicki, Sue and (especially) Sally (have you found something else to occupy your time now that I am no longer posting ever day?), my cousins David and Richard for their advice on the fat content of crisps and camping respectively, my current colleague Kerrie, middle-aged cyclist Darrell, fellow bloggers and Eurovelo 5 enthusiasts Sue, Bill & Chris, all currently en route and all the other people who took time out to read my blog either with or without commenting.
For donating to the charity, Darrell, David B, brother Matthew (not a monk, my brother) & family, John W, Sally & Nick, Ellie, Michael “RJB” Palin, mum & dad, Dr Ed, Kerrie, Susan H, Naomi, Christine, Helen O, Caroline, Ronald & Beatrice, Judith & Cliff, Mike W, Yvonne, Alain in Boulogne (very generous!), John & Veronica in Puglia & Lillian B. And if you haven’t given yet but are planning on doing so, thanks to you in advance too! The current total stands at £510 – I thought I might struggle to get 50!
Apologies if I have missed anyone. If I have, thanks to you too. 🙂