No, I haven't blown the trip budget with a pointless bit of advertising on the side of a bus; Kelda directed me to to a one-trick site that can generate these types of things for, err, a laugh. It came about after atheists here in the UK had paid to run rather excellent adverts on the sides of buses, leading to some Christian bus drivers refusing to drive them.
I mentioned to her at lunchtime that I'd been reading 'Cycling Weekly' in the newsagents (rather than actually buying it - I'm saving up for the trip, so need to be tight where I can), and she pointed out that this was an apt description of how my training is going.
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