Chas Bland was just 3 days older than Arthur Benbow and they had been cycling mates since their teens and celebrated their 18th, 21st, and 70th birthdays so they could not ignore the 80th celebration. Sadly three years later Arthur attended the funeral for Chas.
So on behalf of the 13 cycling friends below from the UK, USA and Tasmania there is a big thank you to Barry Flood a long standing cyclist resident of Ballymena in Northern Ireland who organised our 13 day bike ride in Ireland north and south. Plus Laurie and Norma Tighe from Liverpool who drove our support vehicle.
There is a reminder to ALL the folks on that adventure that subject to no travel restrictions there is a provisional plan for a UK reunion in Lymington https://www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/explore/towns/lymington on the coast of Hampshire the first week of June 2021.