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Old 09-23-2016, 07:23 AM
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The Earl of Wessex is currently visiting the Channel Islands in connection with the Duke of Edinburgh Award:


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Old 09-23-2016, 01:29 PM
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Sophie Wessex is in high spirits on day five of her 450-mile charity cycle | Daily Mail Online
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:01 PM
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I'm assuming that there aren't details of the route?!?!
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:41 PM
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I'm assuming that there aren't details of the route?!?!
The route isn’t known in advance, but they publish the stops once the day is over. Also people have been mentioning on twitter and such if they see them passing by.



The Countess of Wessex's DofE Challenge blog –days 4 and 5:
https://www.royal.uk/countess-wessex...#bio-section-3
https://www.royal.uk/countess-wessex...#bio-section-4
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:22 PM
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The route isn’t known in advance, but they publish the stops once the day is over. Also people have been mentioning on twitter and such if they see them passing by.

The Countess of Wessex's DofE Challenge blog –days 4 and 5:
https://www.royal.uk/countess-wessex...#bio-section-3
https://www.royal.uk/countess-wessex...#bio-section-4
If I were not a complete Sophie fan already, her reports from the peloton would have completely won me over. Pongs and backsides!
I'm a firm believer in recreating yourself as you age. I have her by a decade, but completely understand how Sophie took this challenge and think I understand where this might take her. To rediscover/push your physical limits is a really fun thing! I know it makes me feel younger and more confident. But it also put me in touch with my strengths and limitations. Knowing that, I (and I think Sophie) can understand how much there is yet to try/accomplish. And great ways to do that.
The joy for me comes when I meet a goal - because then it's on to some new goal that I had not imagined. Empowering. Very DOE Challenge-ish! No wonder people are loving her experience on the bike and with the team!
She will have crazy oxygen capacity when she finishes. I hope she uses it to chase and catch her children all over the yard. What fun!
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:29 PM
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They certainly are, aren't they? I love the group one in front of the Border Stone. Everyone looks thrilled to be there and it just shines out of the picture. :). I once trained for a day long Charity Bike Ride to raise money for the Cdn National Institute for the Blind and, while the hills we had are nothing compared to Sophie and Team's hills, they were still hills and I more than get just how relieved they were to get Day Two done and dusted. :)
That's a great achievement, well done! Unfortunately I never learned the common skill of how to cycle. I have a peripheral neuropathy, a condition which affects the nervous system, which in turn affects my balance so I've never been able to ride. It's something that I have always wanted to try (I had lessons once, but because of other things I had to quit).

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You mentioning how down to earth the Countess seems reminds me of a quote in the story of the Wessexes visit to Canada last year in Majesty magazine. HRH, accompanied by the Premier, Lt Governor and other prominent Senior Female Leaders here in Ontario paid a visit to one of the most remote of the Native Reserves we have here in NE Ontario. When the Chief was asked if meeting Sophie had lived up to what he imagined it would be, his reply was that of all the things he pictured happening that day, seeing the Countess plop herself down on to muddy grass to not only talk to, but to play a counting game w/his little Granddaughter? That was well and truly beyond anything he imagined taking place over the two days of the Visit.

I can imagine.

Speaking of the Wessexes, Majesty magazine and coverage of their Annual Visit to Canada, the latest Majesty has a wonderful piece in it about this Summer's Visit out West. Of course what's the latest here, may very well not be the latest one everywhere else, but thought I'd mention it. :)

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That's such a sweet gesture from Sophie - this is another addition to my mental "reasons why Sophie is one of my favourite British royals" list!
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The Countess of Wessex's DofE Challenge blog –day 6 (I had a good laugh with this one also):
https://www.royal.uk/countess-wessex...#bio-section-5

Thank you @RAFWittering1 for the fantastic send off for The Countess of Wessex on day six of her #DofEChallenge!
https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/stat...366208/photo/1

Sophie's Just Giving page is at £180,995 so far:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisi...tess-of-Wessex
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Old 09-25-2016, 03:32 AM
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Very good job by Sophie. I'm sure she is looking forward to finishing
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Edward's smile and kiss on the cheek before it started said it all. He knew she had it in the bag before it started.

Sophie wouldn't even have cosidered undertaking such a task unless she knew she was well up for it. Teamwork is everything ..... I'm sure the adrenolin is high!
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They made it:
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Lovely photos! Edward and the children look so proud!
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Sophie Countess of Wessex completes 450-mile cycle from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace | Daily Mail Online
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OK, she had a Go Pro or similar camera on her helmet. I do hope we get to see that footage. Though I will understand if she saves that for herself and her family.

I adore this "We did it" photo: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/...4807507004.jpg
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I haven't followed much of this, so sorry for my silly question. But, did the team make some stops? How did it work?

Very good job. I wasn't expecting anything like this from Sophie, I must be honest.
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I haven't followed much of this, so sorry for my silly question. But, did the team make some stops? How did it work?

Very good job. I wasn't expecting anything like this from Sophie, I must be honest.
The made frequent stops but averaged 70 miles per day, or so. Spent nights at army barracks - how smart and cost-wise was that! Their chase car was also military. Anna did a brilliant day by day post - with a map and other details at My Small obsessions on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Kate.Sophie...Blogs/?fref=ts It's the perfect way to get caught up.
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The made frequent stops but averaged 70 miles per day, or so. Spent nights at army barracks - how smart and cost-wise was that! Their chase car was also military. Anna did a brilliant day by day post - with a map and other details at My Small obsessions on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Kate.Sophie...Blogs/?fref=ts It's the perfect way to get caught up.

Oh thank you! I thought I was being really stupid in asking such a question.

I will read the post on Fb asap
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Well done to the whole team!

I do believe one family member missed Sophie more than anyone else!

James and mummy

James was so happy to see her that he wrapped his arms around her when Edward was hugging her and didn't let go. Then he moved to be next to her during the photo and wrapped his arms around her again = Mummy's boy!

I've said it before but i'll say it again - James' dimples are CUTE!
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Wonderful effort from the Duchess and her team. 500+ miles is a long way to cycle...and all for a worthy cause. I'm curious if she is going to continue cycling as a hobby and a means to stay fit and trim. Seems a waste to lose that level of fitness now, as well as all the other benefits of being active...


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