Cycling From Greece To The Norwich Lanes

A Norwich Lanes regular who has recently recovered from prostate cancer has just embarked on a 2,000+ mile cycle ride from mainland Greece to the Norwich Lanes, raising money for charity en route.

Paul Strong, 55, will be raising funds and awareness for men’s health charity, Movember, and growing a ‘handlebar’ Moustache along the way. What makes this ride even more impressive is that Paul is not even what you’d call a keen cyclist, usually pedalling around for no more than a few miles a week. Added to that he’ has taken to the roads on a bicycle he bought for his daughter when she was 12.

Paul actually cycled from Norwich to Greece in 1987, albeit using a different route and on what he describes as “a rickety old bike.” Back then, he nearly met disaster several times, collapsing of exhaustion in Calabria in Italy (only to be rescued by local villagers), arrested in Tunisia and avoiding the war in Algeria by no more than a few days. He even made a diary of his travels and all the adventures but some 30 years on, he is hoping not to repeat them again.

Paul’s journey takes him from Greece through Italy then Corsica and then follows the rivers Rhone, Loire and Seine through France before taking a ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven on the East Sussex coast. From there he cycles to London, crossing both Westminster and Tower bridges. From there he rides cross country back to Norwich and the Lanes, for a well-deserved pint at the Birdcage Pub.

You can follow Paul’s journey on Instagram at @wheeliestrong and via the Norwich Lanes Facebook page and Twitter feed @NorwichLanes.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via Paul’s page on the Movember website here