It's two wheels only and a bit of mud for Carla McKenzie
PUBLISHED: 13:03 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:44 21 August 2015
Stroud businesswoman Carla McKenzie set herself a formidable new challenge to celebrate her half century by riding a motorcycle from John O'Groats to Land's End avoiding tarmac as much as possible.
Carla rode in aid of the Dougie Dalzell Memorial Trust and Bike Tours for the Wounded. Carla is the managing director of MYA Consulting Limited, based in Stroud, a company founded in 1991 by her parents John and Margaret Young, to provide advice to hotels and caterers.
On July 21st Carla McKenzie arrived in Land’s End after a gruelling sixteen day,1800 mile journey from John O’Groats riding a maximum of green lanes and a minimum of tarmac on a British-built CCM GP 450 motorcycle.
She and her travelling companions Andrew Byatt and James Higgs rode the full length of the country via Scottish glens and over mountain passes, through Welsh rivers and rocky English gorges. They had thrills and spills on the way and had to work as a team on the trickiest sections. Bruised and exhausted but delighted, Carla said:
“This has been an amazing and exhilarating challenge and I am extremely grateful to all the people who helped me to prepare for it and who planned the route, especially the local branches of the Trail Riders’ Fellowship. The feeling of achievement from all of us is immense and we are looking forward now to donating some significant funds to The Lieutenant Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust to send wounded service personnel to the USA for a pillion ride on Harley-Davidsons down Route 66. Knowing this will happen makes it all worthwhile and I know from doing my own trips with the wounded that the feeling of enablement they experience is life-changing”.
Carla’s personal journey, from her decision to take on the challenge last December, to her first trail ride in Wiltshire last February, her experience of training every weekend with nine different trail bikes and finally a day by day account of her ‘JOGLE’ journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End have all been documented in her blog.