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STEPH JEAVONS

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What Steph Jeavons has done is superhuman. 

This is a superfluous comparison and is likening apples to bananas, but when I set off on my first European tour in 1999, I was riddled with anxieties. It had nothing to do with the journey itself, but the perceived hazards that I would meet on the way.

My concerns were the little things like dealing with my first channel crossing on a bike, punctures, engine failure, exhausts falling off, dropping the bike, falling ill, food poisoning, running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere, having an accident etc etc, you get the picture. 

I was overthinking the modest challenges I would be facing, whereas I would be just one quick phone call away from assistance and unlikely to be stuck alone in a foreign land far removed from civilization.  

I had been a Chef for over fifteen years and in that job, preparation was 85% of delivering a smooth service. So, I adopted that mantra, and, as I did then, I started by making a prep list of what I needed. 

I didn’t wait until the last day to pack and long before my departure, I set about selecting my survival kit and load them onto my bike. I memorised the route and backed it up with a detailed atlas of the terrain. When I was eventually fully loaded up, a trial run would ensue.

I determined that the only control I’d be able to exert over the outside elements was inside my own space bubble. Everything else beyond that would be purely instinctive and reactive. This mental approach went some way towards alleviating my stress factor, but still, my reservations continued to occupy my overactive imagination.

I figured out too, that faith in the people I would meet along the way was key to my safeguard. The biking world is renowned for its extraordinary community spirit and if I got in trouble, I’d always find someone (a kindred spirit) to help. 

What Steph was proposing to do was so far removed from my own backyard adventures and the only way to describe her grandiose plan was ‘Crazy. Foolish. Insane’.

I therefore understand the self-doubts that she felt when she set off from the Ace Cafe London in 2014. Having her mate Pete with her was no doubt reassuring and again thank goodness for the moral and physical support of good friends and family.

In my travels across Africa in the 70s & 80s, I’ve had to rescue a number of misguided damsels in distress who thought that following the discovery trail on their own in the bush was ‘hip’. 

Knowing what I know and having experienced the dangers of going walkabouts in the African jungles, if I had been Steph’s father, I would have been sorely tempted to take a chainsaw to her bike and shackle her to a tree in the gardens of Wales, but I’m sure she would have found a way of breaking free. You just can’t keep a determined individual down.

Steph needs to be congratulated for her contribution to the world of motorbiking, her courage, her tenacity and her achievement in completing this herculean tour de force. Would you undertake this dangerous trip as she did and take 4 years to complete it? I doubt it.

Her inborn strength is what I also think helped her beat her drug dependency. I believe that unless you possess a strong inner resolve to survive, no amount of therapy, punishment, coercion and medicinal cocktails can cure you from your addictions. 

Steph, for sure, had buckets full of will power and a strong sense of survival. She has lived through the worst of the worst in her life and thoroughly deserves all the successes, accolades and adulation she now enjoys. 

The world is made up of two kinds of people. Them that DO. And, them that DON’T and prefer to sit under a tree, sip rum & coke and smoke weed all day long.

This book should be an inspiration those who may be wallowing in the negativity of life. There is light at the end of the tunnel and hope is eternal. Get off your arses and do something. 

Pick up a copy. Available now also on Amazon. Ride along with Steph and share with her, the realisation of her extraordinary human endeavour.

It’s been humbling reading about her adventures. What also struck me the most was the extent of the human kindness that exists in the one world we inhabit, regardless of language, culture, colour and creed. 

The most definitive compliment I can pay her, is utter and total RESPECT. 

Steph’s sense of adventure knows no bounds and it will be interesting to find out ˜What next?

Yep. 

ONE LIFE. LIVE IT.

 

 

 

Unfortunately, due to the Corona Virus outbreak and the nationwide lock-down, my planned ride has been postponed indefinitely.

Many of my friends are planning and rescheduling their activities for June, but quite frankly I think this is too optimistic. In my view, we do not know. The government certainly doesn't know. The scientists don't know and all they've got are the data, which by all accounts are suspect. So, until the herd is let loose again, I am erring on the side of caution and will wait and see what long term exit strategy the government adopts. 

I will keep you abreast of any developments and if the circumstances dictate it. Having endured the longest period of deprivation from tarmac scratching, I shall be up for it.

Meanwhile, stay safe and however flawed you may think it is, please follow the government's advice.

Warm regards

Roger

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UPDATED 21/04/2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has put an indefinite hold on whatever plans I had for this year.

And, until we know for sure what the government has in store for this country, I cannot even give you a forecast on future events.

The raffle will remain live and feel free to purchase tickets via my facebook page or my JustGiving link on my website.

Future updates will appear on my facebook page.

In the meantime, please stay safe.

UPDATE 08/02/2020

THE WORK IS NOT YET DONE 

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My next Charity Ride 2020 may be a repeat John O'Groats - Land's End. 

To be honest, I haven't yet decided on the definitive route and I am also looking at the 'Roger Clarke RAC Rally' which offers fresh challenges and new experiences.

RAFFLE IN SUPPORT OF PROSTATE CANCER UK

The raffle has not gone according to plan and only those tickets listed below have been sold.

I have therefore decided to extend it 'til the end of this year's charity ride when hopefully there will be a wider audience able to donate to the cause by buying the rest of the tickets.

The raffle, posted in 2019, has not gone according to expectations and only 4 tickets out of 100 have been sold. I have therefore decided to extend it 'til the end of this year's proposed charity ride, when hopefully it will reach a wider audience able to donate to the cause, by purchasing the rest of the tickets. 

RAFFLE ITEMS

1st Prize

The MOBIL OIL can, gifted by Henry Cole, famed from his television series Greatest Motorcycles Rides The Motorbike Show, Shed & Buried, Find It Fix It Flog It, Find It Fix It Drive It and his autobiography ‘A Bikers Life’. 

As aficionados from the world of recycling and upcycling of rusty, treasured and perceived disorderly old junk related memorabilia will confirm, this MOBIL OIL can is more valuable that the sum of its past content.

It has been autographed by both Henry Cole and his long time friend, Sam Lovegrove, from Junk & Disorderly and other televised series.

Also included:-

A printed photograph of Henry, Sam and I taken on the set of Junk & Disorderly.

A new Prostate Cancer T-Shirt (Large only)

A signed plain text paperback copy of my book "John O'Groats to Land's End Charity Rides 2014 - 2018".

2nd & 3rd Prizes

A new Prostate Cancer T-Shirt each (again Large only) and also a signed plain text paperback copy of my book. 

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION

Anyone can enter this draw, but as it is essentially a UK based competition, prizes will only be posted to a UK (England, Scotland, Wales) address.

The raffle numbers go up to 100 and priced at £10 each.

All proceeds go directly to Prostate Cancer UK.

YOU ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO HOW MANY TICKETS YOU BUY, but once all 100 tickets are sold, the winners will be announced. 

The links to donate can be found on my Facebook page and JustGiving on my website.

Once notified of your purchase, I will post allocated number/s to your name. 

Once the magic number of 100 is reached, the raffle will end. The draw will take place, winners notified and names posted. 

Please accept my personal gratitude for your support over the past years. I look forward to catching up with you on my ride or at the many venues where I will appear.

TICKETS SOLD

Nos. 1&2 Simon Pickering

Nos. 9&30 Dave Terrans

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JOHN O'GROATS TO LAND'S END CHARITY RIDE 2020

IN SUPPORT OF PROSTATE CANCER UK

The work is not yet finished.

More needs to be done to further raise awareness of this debilitating disease which is

KILLING ONE MAN EVERY FORTY-FIVE MINUTES.

As a prelude to my intended ride next year,I am currently compiling a series of short, sharp, video blogs, on this issue.

They will firstly appear on my Instagram and will eventually feature as an hour episode on my facebook and YouTube.

Hopefully, it will help to create a greater momentum of interest and contribute towards raising more funds needed to finding a cure.

Should you wish to join me on my next tour, please register your interest by contacting me via my Instagram account, this site and email address.

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Kind regards

Roger

 

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