The week ended with the triumphant entry into Fethiye of Tom Kelly, the 62-year-old who got on his bike in Wigan on 10th April, and headed towards Turkey.

He was met outside Fethiye by local cyclists who pedalled alongside as far the Fethiye Evi where Tom was greeted by the Council’s Band.

He made a speech in which he said that the welcome he’d received more than justified the effort of the journey.

Tom said in his blog:

“The deed is done. I have achieved what I set out to do, which was to ride from my home in Wigan, UK to my other home in Calis Beach, Fethiye, Turkey, a distance of approximately 2,500 miles or 4,000 km.

Thank you to everybody who has shown their support along the way. On occasions I felt all of the good wishes behind me in the form of a helping hand pushing me along. There were times I needed a helping hand and it was very much appreciated.

I have finished now and will enjoy a little holiday here in Calis each, but the people who work for these charities, Wigan and Leigh Hospice and the Fethiye International Group, will be out there tomorrow and the day after and the day after that, etc,doing what they do, which is quite simply to give up their time to make other people’s lives better. I just hope that anyone who has read and enjoyed this story has made an appropriate contribution which will enable them to continue to carry out their wonderful work.”

Well done Tom – and he’s from Wigan as well, which this writer also hails from. They breed ’em tough in Wigan.

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