2 more scans and then I'm off
20 Jul 2012
Well, the bike is stowed on the new super-duper roof-carrier, the waterproofs are packed, the gears and chain have been de-mucked and lubed, the maps checked and the panniers are nearly packed ... I leave tomorrow (early) for North Wales and the pedalling starts on Sunday at 1300 from Holyhead harbour.
There's no going back now. I'm not in the best shape. The past 6 weeks have been a disaster from the preparation point of view and I continue to feel weak most of the time. I'm just hoping the occasional bursts of energy I get will coincide with the uphill bits. However I can reassure all you kind well-wishers that I will not over-do it.
This week I've had a CT scan and (today) a Bone Scan. The latter involved an injection of radioactive liquid which had to be allowed to seep into my bones for 3 hours. Then it was back to the hospital to lie, absolutely still, inside the scanner. I listened to a relaxation tape and even succeeded in dropping off. I then had to drink pints and pints (of water, not beer, sadly) to flush out the radioactive material.
I'm not in a rush to hear the results - they can wait until after The Ride.
Meanwhile, I've been greatly boosted by a better weather forecast and - most of all - by everyone's generosity in sponsoring me. I am now 97% of the way to my £5,000 target. Thank you. Last chance to donate now at: www.justgiving.com/Michael-Baker8
Now I can't wait to join the others on The Ride - their exploits, and physical and emotional ups and downs, make a terrific read. Do look at their daily blog.