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The End

November 29, 2010

This is my chance to say a very big collective thanks to you all for your kind messages over the past few days. I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for a while, and I’m sorry I haven’t yet had time to reply to you individually – I’ve been exhausted in truth. It’s been quite busy what with my arrival and then some good cricket to watch. It’s now 11pm in Brisbane and the alarm is set for 4am – I’m off to the barrier reef and Daintree National Park for some rest.

There will be plenty more to come from my blog, including highlights of the trip and some of the lessons I learnt along the way. When I get home to England in the New Year I’ll be looking for a publisher too. But for now here are just a few photos from the past week (more to let you all know that I’m still alive than anything else). I’ll have more time for a good blog in the next week or so.

Eating A Pie - 20kms out...

 

Arrival – Big Hug For Mum and Dad

Michael Vaughan Riding My Bike

Wandering The Gabba

With Andrew Strauss At The Gabba

 

At The Pig & Whistle with The Barmy Army

Sky Sports with Michael Atherton

 

In the TMS Box

 

My Feet

There are some other Cycling To The Ashes related things if you follow these links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T-Wv5YlrEM

http://www.youtube.com/cricketwithballs#p/u/3/jRilhYEnt0s

http://sampsoncollins.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/oli-broom-at-the-gabba/

http://sampsoncollins.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/a-barmy-evening/

Please remember that I am still trying to raise funds for The Lord’s Taverners and the British Neurological Research Trust. The running total is about £60,000 which means there is still £40,000 to go. So if you have enjoyed my blog then PLEASE donate and help me reach my goal. Thank you! Oli

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  1. November 29, 2010 1:37 pm

    Congratulations! You left our crowd just before the Belgian winter set in and now there you are. Brilliant job and it looks like you are having a very well-deserved excellent time. Enjoy relaxing now.

  2. Marian permalink
    November 29, 2010 1:57 pm

    So pleased you got there relatively unscathed. Quite a feat!! Will look forward to welcoming you home in the New Year. Lots of love Marian x x x x

  3. November 29, 2010 2:49 pm

    Congratulations! Still think your nuts but well done, can’t believe how far you’ve ridden just since we saw you in Penang! Enjoy the reef and perhaps buy some new shoes to work on a different tan line.

  4. Darren permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:22 pm

    Great work. Being a school teacher I have used you as an inspirational figure in my class this week. Most people knew who you were and it was great to give an example of what you can do when you put your mind to it! I cycle, and just did the John o’Groats to Lands End in the summer – I can only dream of managing to undertake such an adventure in the future!

    Congratulations!

  5. Ray Higginbottom permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:27 pm

    Congrats Oli, but it’s only the beginning of the End. Best wishes for a great time in Oz and looking forward to catching up with you in the New Year. And the cricket’s been rather good too!!

  6. gabs permalink
    November 30, 2010 11:25 am

    incredible well done. ;)

  7. November 30, 2010 11:31 am

    Congratulations Oli; what an amazing adventure. Looking forward to catching up with you when you are home.

  8. Huw Downing permalink
    November 30, 2010 12:10 pm

    Suburb Oli, What an achievment! We have really enjoyed following your trip and for us it’s almost a shame it’s over, although I am sure you have a different view! We will look aot for the book.

    Well done once again,

    Huw

  9. November 30, 2010 4:00 pm

    Great to hear that you got there Oli, now time for a well deserved rest! (but I guess they won’t let you rest for long…)

    Hope to see you on your next journey, just make sure you pass through Turkey!!

    Best wishes,

    Abdullah
    Adana, Turkey

  10. November 30, 2010 4:00 pm

    A million congrats! I have huge goosebumps!!! You must be SO proud of yourself! Fingers crossed you get a publisher.

  11. Ruthers permalink
    November 30, 2010 5:35 pm

    WELL DONE OLS!! Brilliant brilliant achievement – we’re so proud of you!! Having been subject to 6am radio sessions for the past week, I have been thinking of you most mornings which has been weird. Cant wait to catch up in the NY – come home soon!! al x

  12. November 30, 2010 6:04 pm

    Hope to see you the next year for the small ashes in AUSTRIA and it is not too long to ride.
    We all proud about you,

  13. November 30, 2010 9:02 pm

    brilliant!I’m so glad for you.

  14. stuart permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:06 am

    Love to all on the trip north.So proud to have been able to tell lots of friends that we had known you all your life,what a fantastic acheivement,hope the anticlimax isnt too great.LOL Stuart and Sandy.

  15. George Cornwall-Legh permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:09 pm

    Broomy, fantastic effort mate – thought you were mad when you first mentioned this idea and you’ve only gone and completed it!! Brilliant achievement and looking forward to a catch up when your back home….Well done mate.

  16. Roger Mawle permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:34 pm

    well done Oli. You are my hero. Looking forward to seeing you back in Blighty.

  17. Avinash Pol permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:47 pm

    Congratulations!
    oli !
    u did a great job !!

  18. December 2, 2010 2:35 pm

    Congrats Oli for this achievement…Proud of you… More power to you my friend… looking fwd to the book and documentary.

    Cheers!!!
    Nimit
    Hyderabad, India

  19. Alex permalink
    December 5, 2010 2:10 am

    Heard you on TMS from the Gabba. Great achievement mate and what a year/series to go down under and watch. In fact if we carry on playing like this and bring the ashes home we might have to insist that you saddle up again in 4 years time. Well done mate, hope your enjoying some well earns beers.

  20. December 6, 2010 7:26 am

    Hope you’re having come fantastic R&R in Queensland’s R&R (reef and rainforest) and working on the rest of that tan. Come back and visit us at TQ sometime soon – you’re part of the TQ family now!

  21. December 10, 2010 3:49 pm

    Well Done Oli, you must be thrilled to have made it, huge congratulations from us both!! Hope you are having a great time at all the matches and a few beers to celebrate. Best wishes Liz & Chris ( now in China)

  22. December 11, 2010 6:18 pm

    Well done Oli, Chris in Africa

  23. Darren Cope permalink
    December 12, 2010 8:56 am

    Congratulations oli. Truly inspirational. Well written throughout. You shouldn’t find it too hard to get a publisher.

    I bet you never thought that the England team would be so dominant after the first couple of games.

    Really enjoyed following your adventure.

    Where next??

  24. Tim Brooke-Taylor permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:46 am

    Huge congrats Oli. All the Clots are proud.

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