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Tour De Vet2 closes

Last day of Just Giving Tour de Vet2 page

Last day of Just Giving Tour de Vet2 page

It took Dr Margie Scherk and Mike Brampton, hours of toil, planning, researching, riding, teaching, sleeping and meeting so many fabulous people and we can now bring Tour De Vet to a close having put £12,740.33 into Cats Protection.

Thank you everyone for whatever part you played or however much you donated.

Now for Tour de Vet 3, ideas please.

 

Tour de Vet goes on TV!

It had been a cold wet and windy day from the Bath Vet Referrals day at Blagdon to Emersons Green. Followers of Tour de Vet will know this seems to be standard weather, but this time we were also told to be prepared not just to discuss Feline Medicine with the fabulous team at Emersons Green Vet Practice (last year’s Tour de Vet departure practice) but to do interviews with local TV!

Margie prepared herself for her lecture, whilst Mike stayed wet and in kit, to film the arrival shots you can see the results here:

Nearly there, Tour de Vet2 closes in on all targets

We are nearly there, final destinations in sight, Cats Protection headquarters, and target monies nearly there

Closing in on all targets

Closing in on all targets


Some fabulous days riding recently, without the trailers, but some seriously high quality CPD with Dr Margie Scherk.
A couple of snapshots in the meantime, enjoy:
Felix from Purina, checks the map on the Isle of Wight

Felix from Purina, checks the map on the Isle of Wight

A momentary diversion before a lively evening lecture on the Isle of Wight

A momentary diversion before a lively evening lecture on the Isle of Wight

No wheel on our trailer……but Tour de Vet2 keeps rolling along

Day 13 and the remaining wheel on the remaining trailer, comes off. Bearing and axle failure and on closer inspection tyre failure was probably not far behind!imageimage
We are re-evaluating the detail but will still be delivering our unique brand of bespoke, specialist CPD and will still be travelling by bike.
RIP trailer #trailerlove

RIP Trailer

RIP Trailer

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Tour de Vet rolls on and we are, thanks to our supporters generosity well on target to smash our fund raising goals, thank you, www.justgiving.com/tour-de-vet2/

Day 9
Sunny and warm all day at Bath Vet Referrals Feline Medicine Day, where Dr Margie Scherk did 3 lectures as part of the day to a very warm and very generous audience.

Riding into Coombe Lodge for Bath Vet Referrals

Riding into Coombe Lodge for Bath Vet Referrals

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Then as is its want, nature turned against us, cold wet and windy as we battled to Emersons Green Vets for teaching sessions and in a first for Tour de Vet; TV interviews!image

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One wheel on our wagon, Tour de Vet2, week 1

It has been a week now since Tour de Vet 2 on behalf of http://www.cats.org.uk/ (Cats Protection) started, and what a week both Margie and I have had.

Thanks to our charitable partners Onswitch, thank you Alison and Donald, we  were ferried to our starting point in Truro in some style.

Clifton-Villa

Day 1, after Margie spoke with Clifton Villa Vets, the trailers were loaded, kit donned and off we set to our first overnight at a little B&B in Bocaddon and easy 30 odd miles, right? WRONG!!

After 7 hrs, one broken axle (overweight trailer) and an unsubtle dismount by Mike, we finally arrived wet and bedraggled after been blasted by gale force winds. It is said by people who cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats that the first legs are the hardest, they are.

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Day 2 dawned…and despite shedding half our kit (we thought we had been travelling light to start with) we set off into the weather towards Plymouth Veterinary Hospital, where Margie spoke about Liver Disease, and then Felix1 and Felix 2 were idENTICHIPPED and scanned.

reflection-felixDay 3 where after an evening being looked after by Barry the cat, some running repairs to trailers, inspected and approved by Barry we headed over the hills to Kingsteignton, where we welcomed some vets from some other practices. A night spent in a charming cottage with 3 cats (thank you Petra) had us geared up for the next day.

Day 4, where else would you find a road that wasn’t a road and be whisked Back to the Future, we we would have been had I been able to turn it on. Vale Vet at Cullompton showed us they were very much a part of the present, before escorting us to the most fabulous restaurant/pub, the Mitre in the middle of Witheridge.

 

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bidefordDay 5, met after breakfast by Jon and Bill from Torbridge Vet Group, who escorted us all the way past “Nowhere” to Bideford, where despite it being a Saturday, we were met by a very lively and positive team for an Anaesthesia workshop.

one-wheelDay 6 began with the blown bearing on one of the trailers!, Margie graciously sacrificed her trailer wheel so we could continue to Taunton now with just one wheel on the Tour de Vet wagon!

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