All posts for the month September, 2013

Caitlin’s Adventure begins

Published September 22, 2013 by Caitlin Rose

0921_ Cpt Nancy Davis kt and kj

Our journey to St Louis was punctuated by:

Kian throwing his arms skyward on takeoff – he loves it like a rollercoaster;

THE MOST obnoxious, sour-faced Passport Control Officer in Atlanta;

Heavy, humid rain in Atlanta causing Kt and Kian to express concern (and not so secret desire) that a tornado was imminent;

A wonderful Captain Nancy Davis (pictured) of the Starshi… of Delta Airlines who badged and kept the kids in awe before take off to St Louis. Kt’s attempt to follow her through the gate pre-boarding was only foiled last minute; and

An incredible St Louis sunset.

Caitlin’s loud “Morning Mum” as she strolled through the living area at 3am this morn did not get the pleasant response it may have deserved. Promptly marched back to bed, we hope she’ll timezonify soon!

Monday is Caitlin’s pre-operation appointment at St Louis Children’s Hospital.

The SQUAD LOG REPORT: London to Brighton Ride – Sept 8

Published September 9, 2013 by Caitlin Rose


L-R: Mick, Conor, Dwight, Mitch, El, Caitlin, Kev


Mile 1: Kev has 1st team puncture! Dwight expresses pressing need for a dump. El’s fro wig has dew on it

Mile 13: Chipstead Hill – hurt but good, Dwight still carrying ‘excess baggage’

Mile 20: Church Hill – Like Churchill himself might have done, we stuck two fingers up at that too. Dwight see horse taking ‘tail-lifting’ relief in adjacent field – envy. We ride ahead of him. Mitch and Conor, the two fast riders set out from start to catch us. These RoadKings set an all Conquering pace.

Mile 31: Turners Hill – 40 min Lunch. Dwight finally gets his drop his personal log, mankini causing delay! El’s fro now dried out is attracting a lot of attention and a lot of wind drag. Quick boys have their own puncture dilemma 500m out from the Lunch stop!!

Mile 43: Prep for Ditchling Beacon – Mankini Dwight, his Tights now 7lb lighter, is like a mountain goat and flies far ahead. Mick drops the Hammer and follows. El Cramps in two places on same leg –typical.

Mile 46-47: Ditchling Beacon – so vertical in parts the front wheel lifts. Mick tails Dwight up the mountain only walking last 100 yards to top, Kev stops once, recalibrates, then rides all the way over, El is absolutely ***** but refuses to walk and gets over with one stop. No sign yet of our 2 speedy pursuers.

Mile 50: Mitch and Conor, the two chasers swoop by on the decent into Brighton. Suitably unfazed by the torturous last 50 miles, they look as fresh as they started!

Finish line: We link up for the last 7 miles and cross the line together in the Brighton sunshine. Miss Caitlin Rose was there to greet us with mum Sorcha.

Followed by well earned beer and meat-based fare for all. Punishing but wonderfully rewarding.

Thank you for supporting us all so well!!