The halow250 cyclists made it safely to France and with the first 82 miles complete they still had a lot of hard work to do. They had to cover 118 miles as they cycled through the pouring rain from the beautiful walled port city, St Malo, to Caen the capital of the Basse-Normandie region.
The first food stop, after 25 miles, was at Mont Saint-Michel. The island commune in Normandy provided a stunning back drop albeit cold and wet.
The mileage today across Normandy is along stunning coastline and through quaint towns. Facing a steady incline along the whole course and some decent hills in places too, our gritty cyclists ploughed on to Gathemo for a French-style lunch. Team spirit was good with heads down but smiles along the roads too. Gathemo was the 60 mile marker and some cyclists even had time for a decent rest before resuming the ride with our two youngest riders making good time. Nick and Nigel on the tandem did brilliantly in conditions described by riders as "dirty, wet and hilly".
90 miles into the 2nd leg of the ride, the riders were still pushing themselves, arriving in Aunay to a cheery support crew and a welcome slight break in the awful weather. At this point in ride cakes, flapjacks and brownies all baked by our wonderful halow parents and volunteers were a very welcome sight. The group met up at Pegasus Bridge to make the trek to the port together, some of them with time to visit Bar Mariana in Caen. The team enjoyed a drink and sit down in the warm before checking into the ferry at around 9.30pm. The ferry left at 11pm and began its journey to Portsmouth.
Well done everyone on an amazing effort through tough conditions today! Thank you to everyone following their adventure on social media. Please keep sharing and donating to help us raise as much as we can to support young people with learning disabilities. Change lives here: Donate to the halow250