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Mark and his wife Lorna have three grown-up children and live in Canterbury, Kent. He plans to repeat this cycle trip with his grandchildren – when they arrive.


For my father, Ken Swain, who worried about me too much, and for my son Sam, who has taught me how to worry less.

I am indebted to my parents for their kindness in spite of my refusal to conform, to my children for their good advice, to Colin Bowyer for taking the burden of business responsibility from my shoulders and not least to my wife for her support, and for helping me to make sense of my life.

Steve Walsh provided us with a target to aim for, hospitality at the end, advice and much else. Martin Latham gave me invaluable encouragement and advice. There are many more. People have always been generous to me, regardless of my lack of restraint. Thank you. I love you all. And, by the way, I may never learn to shut up.

Long Road, Hard Lessons

A 10,000-mile Test of a Father and Son’s Relationship


Mark Swain

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