Final Day – Day 17 – Woodhall Spa to IBCC

To The International Bomber Command Centre After 17 days of riding, today was the final day. It was a comparatively short run from Woodhall Spa along the Sustrans route into Lincoln. I didn’t manage the Steep Hill up to Lincoln, my legs are finally starting to suffer. After a quick[...]
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Day 16 – Knipton to Woodhall Spa

...and finally to Woodhall Spa. Woodhall Spa Cycling wise - today was an easy run up from Knipton to Woodhall Spa. I had intended to travel via RAF Syerston, which had been the base of 106 Squadron when the Admiral prune left at 18:10 hrs on 4th February 1943, and[...]
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Day 14 – Ampthill to Maidwell

To Maidwell Northampton The plan today was to leave Ampthill and spend some time at Bletchley Park. During the second world war, Bletchley Park was home to over 150 people, primarily engaged in trying to crack the enigma code. The first operational break into Enigma came around the 23 January[...]
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Day 13 – Central London to Ampthill

Via the home of the Mosquito de Havilland Aircraft Museum At Last leaving London on the home stretch to Lincoln. I left Westminster and cycled the short distance to Kings Cross Station to RV with my daughter Katie to continue for the next two days. It's so much easier with[...]
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Day 12 – Rochester to Central London

To WESTMINSTER GREEN PARK The weather was back to the sun I had enjoyed (sometimes too much) over the preceeding 10 days. I travelled from Rochester the land of Charles Dickens via the National Cycle Network Routes 1 and 4 right into the city of London. Congratulations to Sustrans for[...]
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Jour 10 – Day 10a – TOURNEHEM-SUR-LA-HEM to Folkestone UK

??France to UK??????? Handwritten Envelope From the private collection of the Christie Family Today I crossed the channel to the UK in the relative luxury of a car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover. Boarding was a systematic, unhurried and stressless proceedure. Once on board, people ate and drank, sun bathed[...]
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Day 9 – English Channel to Tournehem-sur-la-Hem

ENGLISH CHANNEL TO TOURNEHEM-SUR-LA-HEM I was not surprised to find that the wind that had blown directly in my face all the way down the Canal de Somme continued today. Christie was the observer in a recognisance mission over Belguim when on 11th May 1940 he was shot down. His[...]
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DAY 8 COURCELLES-SOUS-THOIX, PICARDY TO ENGLISH CHANNEL

COURCELLES-SOUS-THOIX, PICARDY TO ENGLISH CHANNEL Today marks my first day of my second week in the saddle – none of this ‘having a day off’ like in the Tour de France.Today I pass by Poix in Picardy – A place of great significance for FO Christie. The very man who[...]
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Day 7 – Paris to Courcelles sous Thoux

Paris to Courcelles sous Thoux Beauvais Today I start to head for the coast and through the site of the Battle of France in the early stages of the war. Much of this area has great significance for Flying Officer Christie but first I need to get to Picardy. En[...]
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DAY 6 VENEUX – LES – SABLONS TO PARIS

VENEUX - LES – SABLONS TO PARIS Today's Route Sticking to my plan of keeping as close as possible to La Seine I made my way north. This plan, however, was not one of my best and navigating myself through roadworks and Paris suburbs, expectant for the afternoon match was[...]
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