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Bringing Home the Bacon: Day 8
Team Farrell remains on course on their European cycling adventure in their bid to collect £10,000 in donations for a charity organisation fighting epilepsy.
Making their way out of Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands, where they had spent two days resting, the team, led by cyclists Nathaniel ('Tan') Farrell, his father, Kevin, and his girlfriend, Regitze, headed southwest to Breda – a 110 kilometre journey.
The ride went unusually well, according to Tan’s younger brother, Sebastian. The group, Sebastian wrote in the family’s blog, managed to go on until their lunch break without having any problems, which was a “minor miracle", he wrote, considering that they usually “average three problems an hour”.
However, things got slightly more complicated during the afternoon. Roadworks, the team’s perpetual companion since they arrived in Germany a week ago, were a handicap once more. Tan and his fellow cyclists were forced into a long detour.
Despite this, the group safely made it to Breda. But some drama did await the team as they settled in at their hostel.
Nathaniel’s youngest brother, Alex, noticed his precious iphone had disappeared while unloading the jam-packed family van, nicknamed ‘Matilda’. This led him and his brother Sebastian into a long search: the pair drove back along the exact same road they had followed throughout the day. Alas, the device was nowhere to be found, leaving Alex in mourning.
On a brighter note, Sebastian proudly announced that Tan’s mileage has reached an impressive 500 miles (804 kilometres). He still has some 700 kilometres to go, the first 116 of which he will face tomorrow, when he and his family pedal their way to Ghent in northern Belgium – the fourth country the Farrells will have cycled through.
“Bringing Home The Bacon” is the Farrell family's plan to cycle their way to northern England in order to raise £10,000 (94,888 kroner) for a charity raising awareness of epilepsy. The project, set up by Nathaniel “Tan” Farrell, was inspired by the tragic death of his younger sister, Felicity, who succumbed to epileptic seizures in 2008. Donations can be made on this link.