Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 30, 2018

Well done Jim

Our lovely friend Jim cycled into Ponte a Serraglio yesterday afternoon after his marathon 7 day cycle (8 if you count the day he had to take a train back to his previous stop that pick up vital equipment left behind) from Switzerland. He cycled 660 kilometres.

Jim did the ride to raise money for the Beaumond House Community Hospice to thank them for the special treatment they gave to his beautiful wife Liz, who wanted to spend her last days at home with her family. Without their help this would not have been possible.

Here is Jim happily arriving at Bar Italia.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

Jim and Liz have been a popular part of the Ponte a Serraglio community for several years and there was a welcoming committee and a cool drink waiting for Jim.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

We have been following his journey on his Facebook page. His son-in-law Duncan accompanied him on the first 3 days then he was on his own.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

Jim achieved much more than his goal. What a wonderful tribute to his beloved Liz.

Beaumont House Community Hospice


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  2. Wow! Brava Jim!

    • Grazie.

  3. Well done Jim….what a lovely way to raise some money for the Hospice. Hope we get to meet you next week.

    • Thank you. I’m sure we’ll see each other next week. Looking forward to it.

  4. A lovely tribute to his wife Liz and Beaumont House

    • Thank you Christine.

  5. I have not met Jim and hopefully I will on my next visit

    • Looking forward to it Liz 😊

  6. Dear Debra,
    So jealous of Jim’s endeavor. As I’ve mentioned to you before, I too am an avid cyclist. I’ll be in France soon cycling the Basque country. But, tell me, what’s up next for Jim. I’ll be in Italy next spring, maybe we can meet up on the road somewhere. Please give him a huge bravo from me. Such a moving tribute to his wife,
    Derin Gemignani

    • We went to the Spanish Basque area earlier this year and loved it. Jim lives here in Bagni di Lucca part of the year. He cycles in these mountains regularly. You never know you might cycle together one day. I will certainly pass on your message.

  7. A moving story. Well done!

  8. well done Jim!

  9. Great story, Debra….what a fantastic achievement!

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