I’ve now been back home for nearly a month and have begun to settle back into my home life. That includes a lot of reading, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. So far I’ve read Wild Swans, 1984, The Cold War and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, all of which I think are marvelous books and I really recommend.
I’ve also resumed my weekly radio show on Radio Utopia 102.4 fm – You can listen to the latest of these here: www.mixcloud.com/jimmyxjazz, although it is in Spanish!
I’ve also started writing a script for the radio programme I want to make about my trip down the Iron Curtain Trail,and I will post a few links once I’ve finished withthe whole project (this couldtake a few months).
I’m also setting up a blog to follow my Counterpoint magazine, which will include all the material to be included in Counterpoint, and also much more.
Apart from that, I’m working in Radio Utopia’s week-long local party this week, as well as starting school next Thursday!
But rather than speaking about me, I want this blog post to be about you – the reader. I want to thank you all collectively for all the enthusiasm and support you transferred to me during the whole trip. Thankyou.
Firstly I would like to thank my closest family, my Parents and my brother, without whose financial and moral support I would not have been able to complete the Iron Curtain Trail.
I would also like to thank my Grandfather, John Long, for being so enthusiastic,and posting cheerful comments pretty much every day – they were very helpful.
An enourmous thanks also goes to…
My girlfriend Gina for her never ending support, and also to her father Bernard for helping me out with the technical side of my bike.
Uncle Robert, for his kind sponsorship and also some very funny emails. I would also like to thank my other aunts and uncles, Jane, Andy and Carol for their support.
Simon Mallison, for his incredibly kind contribution, and to a certain extent for managing to confuse my writing as my Dad. I’ll take that as a compliment.
Anne and Mark, for such a generous contribution to my sponsorship fund – indeed oneof thelargest contributions.
Amanda Wheatley, for her support, which included a food fund!
Kathryn Holloway, from Friends of the Earth, for all her positive comments right from the beginning, and for even sending me a running vest!
To all those who helped me along the Trail, who gave me free breakfasts, indicated the way in an improvised form of English, let me stay at their homes, or simply answered my questionnaires.
To Cosme, the bike shop which sorted me out with a bike 3 days before I was set to leave, and to a small unknown bike shop in Berlin whose name I do not remember who sorted me out with a box to return. Also thanks to the small old man in Zarrentin who provided me with a bolt for my panniers. For free, a word barely uttered in Germany.
To all my other sponsors; to Bea Hayes, for being the first, Alicia Baker, Francoise Walker, Geoff and Louise Chalder, Tessa Rentoul, Sonia and William Chislett, Nick and Stella, Claire Marsden and Richard Grant.
To all friends of mine who supported the idea from the beginning. Even to those who called me crazy.
To anyone else whom I have missed out (I have probably missed many) – I will add you as soon as I realise!
Thanks so much to all.
Ps. You can access pictures from the Iron Curtain Trail here. This is an open facebook album (i.e you can access it even if you don’t have facebook or don’t have me on facebook)