On Tuesday, I waved goodbye to the interpid cyclists pedalling their way furiously to Darlington's twin town in Germany, Mulheim.
One of the participants is my wife Sandy. If you remember the weather on Tueday, you'll appreciate that they arrived at North Shields to get the ferry after a gruelling first day looking like drowned rats. They've made good progress since then, and today have reached the bridge at Arnhem.
Also on the trip are three councillors - Tom Nutt, Dot Long and Mike Barker. The trip is designed to raise funds for our burgeoning town twinning links, not just with Mulheim and Amiens, but maybe further east too, and all the cyclists have been busy raising thousands of pounds for this very good cause. Tom Nutt continues to do magnificent work helping our town twinning initiative to go from strength to strength.
If you'd like to sponsor Sandy, Tom, Mike or Dot, contact Darlington Partnership on 347773.