First Live Ride: Southampton to RDE

Written by  Saturday, 11 December 2010 20:07
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Today I completed my first live ride! The mission (that I chose to accept!) was to collect 36 units of breast-milk from Southampton hospital Neo-Natal unit and deliver them to the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital.

I took the Pan, as it has the rack to carry the freezer-box, and planned my route on Google maps. 115 miles, door to door, and an expected travel-time of 2:15 hours each way.

I set off at 6:15am and rode through the darkness to watch the sun rise around 7:45am. The journey took me along the A30, to the A35, then the A31, onto the M27 for a couple of miles, then into Southampton, following the signs to the hospital.

I arrived at the hospital around 8:20am and collected the milk from their "Milk Kitchen", as they call it. Below is a shot of the bike outside the hospital. I had just enough time for the feeling to return to my toes and fingers (the Pan's heated grips don't currently work!) before I set off on the return journey.

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The job was classed as "Urgent once collected", which means that once the milk is picked up, it is important to get it to the receiving hospital as soon as possible, so that it doesn't thaw out (it's frozen when you collect it).

I set off on the return journey at 8:35am, and arrived at RD&E around 10:45am. You can see the bike parked outside the Women's Health unit below. The milk was received with thanks, and I headed home to get on with the rest of my Saturday!

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Finally, here's a close-up of the Pan, filthy after a mammoth ride! Dan polished the bike to a mirror finish at the Christmas Fayre fundraiser, and I've managed to muck it up!

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  • Total journey time: 5 hours, including time in each hospital.
  • Total mileage: 230 miles
  • Total fuel cost: £27 (I started with a full tank, and filled up after finishing the job).
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