Brakes And Cakes

User: jwelf
Dates: 27 Sep 2015 - 15 Aug 2017
Duration: 1 year, 10 months
URL: http://www.brakesandcakes.org/

Debs and Jo pedalling around

Tuesday 15 Aug 2017 15:29

Final day. Reverse of the very first day on 27 Sept 2015. 20 miles on quiet roads. Chilli and cake (separately) to celebrate

Posted: Aug. 15, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Monday 14 Aug 2017 14:27

Nice ride to Hinckley via some great cake

Posted: Aug. 14, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

Sunday 13 Aug 2017 21:47

Sunny, quiet roads.... the best of English cycling

Posted: Aug. 13, 2017, 8:47 p.m.

Saturday 12 Aug 2017 18:45

Party in Peterborough

Posted: Aug. 12, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

Friday 11 Aug 2017 19:24

Short sunny ride

Posted: Aug. 11, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Thursday 10 Aug 2017 18:23

Lovely villages and small roads. And hills!

Posted: Aug. 10, 2017, 5:23 p.m.

Wednesday 9 Aug 2017 16:29

A morning of riding in solid rain. Some seriously heavy downpours and a few rivers to ride through. Lorry spray particularly unpleasant. Welcome back to England :-)

Posted: Aug. 9, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 21:27

Back in England!

Posted: Aug. 8, 2017, 8:27 p.m.

Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 14:30

Hook of Holland ferry

Posted: Aug. 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

Monday 7 Aug 2017 20:27

Day in Amsterdam then 50 nice kilometres to Leiden

Posted: Aug. 7, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Sunday 6 Aug 2017 14:30

Amsterdam!

Posted: Aug. 6, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

Saturday 5 Aug 2017 14:30

100km exactly. On our way to Amsterdam. Dinner date in a boat shed sheltering from a downpour

Posted: Aug. 5, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

Friday 4 Aug 2017 19:28

Woke up at 10.40am. Didn't ride very far as a result. Still windy.

Posted: Aug. 4, 2017, 5:28 p.m.

Thursday 3 Aug 2017 15:27

A hard into the wind half days ride to the football. Got kick off time wrong so arrived at the stadium 4hrs early. Could have ridden a bit slower.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

Wednesday 2 Aug 2017 19:25

Long day and a dinner date in a car park

Posted: Aug. 2, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Tuesday 1 Aug 2017 17:26

On our way to Enschede to watch the women's Euro semi final!

Posted: Aug. 1, 2017, 3:26 p.m.

Monday 31 Jul 2017 21:26

100km to cross the border into Germany

Posted: July 31, 2017, 7:26 p.m.

Sunday 30 Jul 2017 21:46

More rain, more wind.... nothing much changes. Apparently this is unseasonal rain... please stop!

Posted: July 30, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

Saturday 29 Jul 2017 21:44

111km into an unbelievable strong headwind. Very tired. Three course carb dinner of chip butty, pasta, muesli. Lovely

Posted: July 29, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

Friday 28 Jul 2017 21:42

Best shelter yet. Good job with all this rain... short day with some jazz time in Ribe

Posted: July 28, 2017, 7:42 p.m.

Thursday 27 Jul 2017 23:35

More rain. Then sunshine. And headwinds. It looks like England.

Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Wednesday 26 Jul 2017 23:33

Sunshine, 131km and a 45 min ferry. And another shelter. Love Denmark and camping

Posted: July 26, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Tuesday 25 Jul 2017 21:32

Rain, all day, didn't stop once. Arrived at free shelter at harbour and slept in the kitchen a the weather was so bad.

Posted: July 25, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Monday 24 Jul 2017 22:31

Back on the bikes. Nice Danish bike paths. And sunshine. A free shelter, a 16yo birthday party, Danish pop music and a sausage.

Posted: July 24, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Thursday 20 Jul 2017 21:52

A bit of help from the wind and a whole chocolate cake got us 115km to Copenhagen. Time for a rest!

Posted: July 20, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

Wednesday 19 Jul 2017 20:50

Asked a Swedish couple if we could camp under a shelter at the end of their drive. Ended up sleeping in their "children's house" - a cabin in the garden - having a shower and an amazingly large breakfast the next day. People are lovely :-)

Posted: July 19, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 18:48

More headwinds, more water, more trees and another great camp spot by a lake

Posted: July 18, 2017, 4:48 p.m.

Monday 17 Jul 2017 19:39

Seriously strong headwind and a hilly road.... not bad to have done 85km by 6pm...

Posted: July 17, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Sunday 16 Jul 2017 19:38

Took a turn inland for a change of scenery. But found more trees. Rainy afternoon so time for a campsite and a shower

Posted: July 16, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

Saturday 15 Jul 2017 19:37

More lengthy detours on the coastal bike route but worth it for the small roads.... best camp spot yet right by a lake with a picnic bench and everything... bliss!

Posted: July 15, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Friday 14 Jul 2017 18:59

Long and fiddly bike route

Posted: July 14, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

Thursday 13 Jul 2017 18:55

more trees and lakes and a camp spot by the marina

Posted: July 13, 2017, 4:55 p.m.

Wednesday 12 Jul 2017 18:53

Long ride out of the city, a short ferry and a wild camp spot in some woods where we could walk to a small lake with no houses around it. Peaceful!

Posted: July 12, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

Sunday 9 Jul 2017 20:08

Ferry to Stockholm then a day off exploring capital city number 4/6 of this European leg

Posted: July 9, 2017, 6:08 p.m.

Saturday 8 Jul 2017 14:38

Short day back to Mariehamn, our first campground in Finland and an afternoon relaxing. Also a little ride south of here on the most beautiful road on the island (apparently...)

Posted: July 8, 2017, 11:38 a.m.

Friday 7 Jul 2017 21:36

Ferry to Åland and then a late ride up to the middle of the island. Found a great spot to camp by a public beach that was being used as teenage Friday night party hang out so we pitched in the trees around the corner. The party carried on but we were too tired to notice....

Posted: July 7, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Thursday 6 Jul 2017 18:31

Some island hopping and a great camp spot right by the sea

Posted: July 6, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Wednesday 5 Jul 2017 17:35

Island riding, ferries and a lakeside camp spot. Passed 29000kms and 18000 miles today :-)

Posted: July 5, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Tuesday 4 Jul 2017 16:05

A short day and a Skype interview

Posted: July 4, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Monday 3 Jul 2017 21:04

Long day, first wild camp in Finland was a success!

Posted: July 3, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Sunday 2 Jul 2017 22:37

Riding West...

Posted: July 2, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

Saturday 1 Jul 2017 22:35

Ferry to Helsinki. Where we should have arrived from St Petersburg six weeks ago. Back on track and ready to ride home :-)

Posted: July 1, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Thursday 29 Jun 2017 22:33

Amazing Tallinn.. capital city 2/6 of this leg. Great place to wander around though too many cobbles for pushing the bikes

Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

Wednesday 28 Jun 2017 22:32

Three sets of ruins and miles and miles of forest...

Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Tuesday 27 Jun 2017 22:31

Camping by the ferry ready for an early start

Posted: June 27, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Tuesday 27 Jun 2017 13:30

Lunchtime ferry to island number 3

Posted: June 27, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Monday 26 Jun 2017 22:29

Thunderstorms, headwinds, a ferry and a 10pm campground arrival... 2nd latest ever. Dinner at 10.30pm. Long days mess with your body clock!

Posted: June 26, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

Sunday 25 Jun 2017 22:28

Cute garden camping and interview prep in Parnu

Posted: June 25, 2017, 7:28 p.m.

Saturday 24 Jun 2017 22:27

Camping at a midsummer party with drunk Latvians

Posted: June 24, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Thursday 22 Jun 2017 18:36

Short rainy day into Riga. Now a day off to explore. Looks nice and not seen any stag/hen dos yet...

Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Wednesday 21 Jun 2017 18:35

136km with the help of the wind.... don't think we'll be topping that as most of this leg will be into a headwind :-(

Posted: June 21, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Tuesday 20 Jun 2017 22:12

Latvia day 2

Posted: June 20, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Monday 19 Jun 2017 21:11

First night back in the tent

Posted: June 19, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Sunday 18 Jun 2017 22:10

Back on the bikes after two months - heading for Helsinki

Posted: June 18, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday 18 Apr 2017 17:34

Night two in China and what was to be our final day cycling for a while. Heard the next morning that my dad had died.

Posted: April 18, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

Monday 17 Apr 2017 18:33

First night over the border in China

Posted: April 17, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

Sunday 16 Apr 2017 19:28

Mostly downhill towards the Chinese border. Took a tumble. Stayed in a Chinese run hotel and ate Chinese food

Posted: April 16, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Friday 14 Apr 2017 20:49

Craziest of crazy hills. 1700m climbing in 80km. Legs not happy.

Posted: April 14, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

Thursday 13 Apr 2017 20:48

Long day to charmless Pak Mong

Posted: April 13, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 20:47

Downhill reward (plus a few crazy hills thrown in) and water festival craziness in Luang Prabang

Posted: April 11, 2017, 1:47 p.m.

Monday 10 Apr 2017 20:45

Crazy hills day 3

Posted: April 10, 2017, 1:45 p.m.

Sunday 9 Apr 2017 20:44

Crazy hills day 2

Posted: April 9, 2017, 1:44 p.m.

Saturday 8 Apr 2017 20:43

Crazy hills day 1

Posted: April 8, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

Thursday 6 Apr 2017 19:24

Crazy Vang Vieng. Bit more peaceful out at an organic farm... but not much...

Posted: April 6, 2017, 12:24 p.m.

Wednesday 5 Apr 2017 16:50

Day 1 on the road in Laos. Dust, friendly waves, and hills. I think this is going to be the way now :-)

Posted: April 5, 2017, 9:50 a.m.

Tuesday 4 Apr 2017 20:07

Welcome to Laos! Vientiane is crazy and not for the faint hearted cyclist. Looking forward to getting out into the countryside tomorrow.

Posted: April 4, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

Saturday 1 Apr 2017 15:05

Short hop to Nong Khai and a couple of days off relaxing by the river

Posted: April 1, 2017, 8:05 a.m.

Friday 31 Mar 2017 19:56

90 km feels like a short day now. Couple of short ones and at least one day off to recover from a week of c100km days...

Posted: March 31, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

Thursday 30 Mar 2017 19:46

80k via Wat Phu Thok

Posted: March 30, 2017, 12:46 p.m.

Wednesday 29 Mar 2017 20:13

Just had a brilliant chocolate croissant. Also saw some interesting monk processions today. It was hot.

Posted: March 29, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Tuesday 28 Mar 2017 20:15

Some very fancy temples. It was hot. We had a boat ride on the Mekong in the evening in Nakhon Phanom.

Posted: March 28, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Monday 27 Mar 2017 18:20

Amazingly cloudy day. Hardly shed a bead of sweat. 128kms no problem.

Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

Sunday 26 Mar 2017 16:41

First day following the Mekong, yet it's the hilliest day in ages?!

Posted: March 26, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Saturday 25 Mar 2017 18:40

The meeting of two rivers (and they are different colours so it looks pretty cool)

Posted: March 25, 2017, 11:40 a.m.

Thursday 23 Mar 2017 19:56

Hot. Sweaty. Iced chocolate drinks.

Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Mar 2017 15:14

Back into Thailand:-)

Posted: March 22, 2017, 8:14 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Mar 2017 17:13

Long, hot, 128kms. At least this road was much quieter than the main highway

Posted: March 21, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 18:05

A hot 105 km to Siem Reap. Time for a couple of days off to explore Angkor Wat

Posted: March 18, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 17:04

Cambodia!

Posted: March 17, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Thursday 16 Mar 2017 16:57

90km done by 1.30. Afternoon off eating, laying down and avoiding the thunderstorms.

Posted: March 16, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 16:56

Couple of days in Bangkok then a ride out just as unpleasant as the ride in. Luckily just not as long.

Posted: March 15, 2017, 9:56 a.m.

Sunday 12 Mar 2017 16:54

Short ride through the hell that is outer Bangkok. Not nice!

Posted: March 12, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

Saturday 11 Mar 2017 20:29

Today very little of interest happened. We rode, ate and drank. Bangkok is big and busy and we're not even there yet. We are in a hotel and have set the alarm for 00.30 to watch Lincoln City beat Arsenal...

Posted: March 11, 2017, 1:29 p.m.

Friday 10 Mar 2017 20:27

The day of a wedding breakfast, climbing a (mini) mountain, 7 huge bronze king statues, and the Thailand International Kite Festival. And a wicked tail wind

Posted: March 10, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

Thursday 9 Mar 2017 20:25

By Pui Noi beach. Also called poo noi on some signs. Great riding through Sam Roi Yot national park

Posted: March 9, 2017, 1:25 p.m.

Wednesday 8 Mar 2017 20:24

This beach has a pier and the biggest night market we have ever seen. I think it might be a fair. Amazing fruit shakes.

Posted: March 8, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Mar 2017 20:22

Another day, another beach

Posted: March 7, 2017, 1:22 p.m.

Monday 6 Mar 2017 13:21

Tiny day. Stopped by an empty beach at 9.45am and decided to call it a day.

Posted: March 6, 2017, 6:21 a.m.

Sunday 5 Mar 2017 19:08

Even longer day.... hot and sweaty

Posted: March 5, 2017, 12:08 p.m.

Saturday 4 Mar 2017 16:07

Long day to Ranong

Posted: March 4, 2017, 9:07 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Feb 2017 14:09

Island detour

Posted: Feb. 28, 2017, 7:09 a.m.

Monday 27 Feb 2017 19:56

Cloudy and rainy day to Kuraburi

Posted: Feb. 27, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

Sunday 26 Feb 2017 18:55

Planned on camping by the beach but stormy so sleeping under a mosquito netted massage hut thanks to a kind bar owner

Posted: Feb. 26, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Saturday 25 Feb 2017 15:53

Another 100k day to Phang Nga. Great scenery.

Posted: Feb. 25, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

Friday 24 Feb 2017 22:10

Back in the saddle. Time to cover some miles. First 100k day in a while. It's hot.

Posted: Feb. 24, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

Thursday 23 Feb 2017 22:09

Hard to leave. Took a speedboat ride to the next island, Koh Lanta

Posted: Feb. 23, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

Monday 20 Feb 2017 20:08

Camping on the beach on Koh Bulon Leh. Our favourite place for a long time. Picture perfect ocean.

Posted: Feb. 20, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

Sunday 19 Feb 2017 19:07

Ready for another island

Posted: Feb. 19, 2017, 12:07 p.m.

Saturday 18 Feb 2017 22:05

Into Thailand!

Posted: Feb. 18, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

Saturday 18 Feb 2017 11:02

Langkawi tour day 3 (after a day off at the beach..) back to the ferry

Posted: Feb. 18, 2017, 4:02 a.m.

Thursday 16 Feb 2017 20:54

Langkawi tour day 2 - to the much quieter and nicer Tanjung Rhu

Posted: Feb. 16, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Feb 2017 17:52

Langkawi tour day 1 - busy backpackery Pantai Cenang

Posted: Feb. 15, 2017, 10:52 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Feb 2017 14:10

Ferry to Langkawi

Posted: Feb. 15, 2017, 6:10 a.m.

Saturday 11 Feb 2017 17:09

Horrible busy ride and then a short ferry to Penang. Amazing place!

Posted: Feb. 11, 2017, 9:09 a.m.

Friday 10 Feb 2017 20:08

With warm showers host David and his wife

Posted: Feb. 10, 2017, 12:08 p.m.

Thursday 9 Feb 2017 22:00

Taiping, the best street food so far in Asia

Posted: Feb. 9, 2017, 2 p.m.

Wednesday 8 Feb 2017 21:59

A day on the island then back to the mainland for the night

Posted: Feb. 8, 2017, 1:59 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Feb 2017 19:58

Pulau Pangkor, our first SE Asian Island and a great west coast sunset

Posted: Feb. 7, 2017, 11:58 a.m.

Monday 6 Feb 2017 19:56

A cheap Chinese hotel, a leaning tower and amazing chicken rice

Posted: Feb. 6, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Sunday 5 Feb 2017 20:52

Day 1 on the road proper!

Posted: Feb. 5, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

Thursday 2 Feb 2017 19:42

Back from Melaka

Posted: Feb. 2, 2017, 11:42 a.m.

Monday 30 Jan 2017 19:18

Lightweight ride to Melaka. Two small panniers each. Hot and sweaty! 110kms, last 20kms horrible and busy.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2017, 11:18 a.m.

Thursday 26 Jan 2017 19:07

Staying with Pete and his wife who work at an international school

Posted: Jan. 26, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Thursday 26 Jan 2017 13:06

Into KL central to apply for Chinese visas and get some jabs

Posted: Jan. 26, 2017, 5:06 a.m.

Thursday 26 Jan 2017 5:03

Country number 21: Malaysia. 4am touch down in KL

Posted: Jan. 25, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Jan 2017 21:51

And... back to Auckland. With the help of a bus.

Posted: Jan. 17, 2017, 8:51 a.m.

Tuesday 17 Jan 2017 15:51

Final cycling destination

Posted: Jan. 17, 2017, 2:51 a.m.

Tuesday 17 Jan 2017 13:50

Lunch

Posted: Jan. 17, 2017, 12:50 a.m.

Monday 16 Jan 2017 18:49

Through the forest. Serious hills. 1290m climbing in 88km

Posted: Jan. 16, 2017, 5:49 a.m.

Sunday 15 Jan 2017 14:48

Afternoon off by the beach. Until it rained.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2017, 1:48 a.m.

Saturday 14 Jan 2017 18:47

Twin coast cycle route day 2 - camping at the boulders

Posted: Jan. 14, 2017, 5:47 a.m.

Friday 13 Jan 2017 18:46

Twin coast cycle route day 1 - to Kaikoe (almost)

Posted: Jan. 13, 2017, 5:46 a.m.

Wednesday 11 Jan 2017 18:43

Up to the bay of islands via the coast and a hilly gravel road. 1192m climb in 90km. Time for a day off...

Posted: Jan. 11, 2017, 5:43 a.m.

Wednesday 11 Jan 2017 13:44

Lunch by the sea

Posted: Jan. 11, 2017, 12:44 a.m.

Tuesday 10 Jan 2017 23:19

Boring day of highway 1 riding - traffic, bad road surface, noise....

Posted: Jan. 10, 2017, 10:19 a.m.

Monday 9 Jan 2017 20:18

Nice to hang out in Wel(ls)ford, even broke the 50km barrier today, evening of radio appearance, volleyball and BBQ

Posted: Jan. 9, 2017, 7:18 a.m.

Sunday 8 Jan 2017 19:16

Invited to camp on a farm so didn't quite make 50km

Posted: Jan. 8, 2017, 6:16 a.m.

Saturday 7 Jan 2017 20:14

Slow Northland ride day 1 - not even 40km

Posted: Jan. 7, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 15:33

CAMPERVAN DAY - back to Auckland after a morning by the sea

Posted: Dec. 21, 2016, 2:33 a.m.

Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 18:31

CAMPERVAN DAY - Mountains, Lake Taupo, Huka Falls, natural hot springs and Raglan's surf beaches. An extra 4 wheels lets you squeeze in a lot more sights!

Posted: Dec. 20, 2016, 5:31 a.m.

Monday 19 Dec 2016 21:29

CAMPERVAN DAY - camping by Tongariro National Park with full view of the mountains.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2016, 8:29 a.m.

Sunday 18 Dec 2016 20:27

CAMPERVAN DAY - a long old drive to get close to Picton for our morning ferry.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2016, 7:27 a.m.

Friday 16 Dec 2016 18:17

Back to where we started three weeks ago....

Posted: Dec. 16, 2016, 5:17 a.m.

Thursday 15 Dec 2016 16:16

Sunshine and great views. How quickly life on a bike can go from awful to amazing....

Posted: Dec. 15, 2016, 3:16 a.m.

Wednesday 14 Dec 2016 17:15

Cloud, rain, very steep hills and unfriendly people. 2am tent evacuation after waking up in a lake.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2016, 4:15 a.m.

Tuesday 13 Dec 2016 17:14

A day of old gold mining towns. Camping where 7000 people used to live and now there's not even one building left...

Posted: Dec. 13, 2016, 4:14 a.m.

Monday 12 Dec 2016 18:12

A long day, a bit of sunshine and even a tailwind.... finally!

Posted: Dec. 12, 2016, 5:12 a.m.

Sunday 11 Dec 2016 16:11

Saw a lake. And a glacier. But the mountains remained hidden behind clouds....

Posted: Dec. 11, 2016, 3:11 a.m.

Saturday 10 Dec 2016 15:44

Rain, low cloud, can't see anything, bailed to a hostel. Sitting drinking tea and eating biscuits wondering if we will ever see the mountains again...

Posted: Dec. 10, 2016, 2:44 a.m.

Friday 9 Dec 2016 18:42

No more sunshine. Still a headwind despite changing direction. Come on NZ give us some help...

Posted: Dec. 9, 2016, 5:42 a.m.

Thursday 8 Dec 2016 19:41

An alpine pass, some sunshine, loads of waterfalls and a huge free lunch. Great day.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2016, 6:41 a.m.

Wednesday 7 Dec 2016 18:40

Cloudy. Camping by lake wanaka. Hilly. New Zealand being New Zealand.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2016, 5:40 a.m.

Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 17:38

Toughest climb yet over crown range road

Posted: Dec. 6, 2016, 4:38 a.m.

Sunday 4 Dec 2016 20:54

Made in to Queenstown. Time for a day off...

Posted: Dec. 4, 2016, 7:54 a.m.

Saturday 3 Dec 2016 20:53

Camped by a lake

Posted: Dec. 3, 2016, 7:53 a.m.

Friday 2 Dec 2016 20:52

Long old day

Posted: Dec. 2, 2016, 7:52 a.m.

Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 21:51

Favourite place in the world looking as good as I remember

Posted: Nov. 30, 2016, 8:51 a.m.

Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 13:50

Best lunch spot ever

Posted: Nov. 30, 2016, 12:50 a.m.

Tuesday 29 Nov 2016 20:49

Even more serious headwind. Progress severely hampered. Good job Lake Tekapo looks awesome.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2016, 7:49 a.m.

Monday 28 Nov 2016 21:48

Serious headwind. Progress hampered.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2016, 8:48 a.m.

Sunday 27 Nov 2016 20:46

Planned to head to the west coast, saw the rain, went inland instead...

Posted: Nov. 27, 2016, 7:46 a.m.

Friday 25 Nov 2016 18:57

A day relaxing on a farm in Canterbury with an old friend and a former all-black...

Posted: Nov. 25, 2016, 5:57 a.m.

Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 20:45

Not happy about flying but look how far you can get in a couple of hours

Posted: Nov. 23, 2016, 7:45 a.m.

Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 15:35

Flight to Christchurch

Posted: Nov. 23, 2016, 2:35 a.m.

Thursday 17 Nov 2016 18:22

Hello New Zealand... hello spring!

Posted: Nov. 17, 2016, 5:22 a.m.

Thursday 17 Nov 2016 10:36

Flight to Auckland

Posted: Nov. 16, 2016, 9:36 p.m.

Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 15:44

Train out to the airport

Posted: Nov. 16, 2016, 6:44 a.m.

Monday 14 Nov 2016 16:43

Short but rainy ride into the centre of the city. Ride complete! Time to find some bike boxes....

Posted: Nov. 14, 2016, 7:43 a.m.

Sunday 13 Nov 2016 20:41

Motel on the edge of Seoul. Almost there!

Posted: Nov. 13, 2016, 11:41 a.m.

Saturday 12 Nov 2016 20:40

Camping with loads of other Koreans on an island. We're not the only crazy ones camping when it's freezing!

Posted: Nov. 12, 2016, 11:40 a.m.

Friday 11 Nov 2016 18:38

Back in the tent wearing all our clothes to sleep in

Posted: Nov. 11, 2016, 9:38 a.m.

Thursday 10 Nov 2016 18:25

Motel treat#2. It's cold out there!

Posted: Nov. 10, 2016, 9:25 a.m.

Wednesday 9 Nov 2016 19:24

A cold day and a motel treat

Posted: Nov. 9, 2016, 10:24 a.m.

Tuesday 8 Nov 2016 18:22

A cold night camping in a bird watching area. -6 at 7am the next morning!

Posted: Nov. 8, 2016, 9:22 a.m.

Monday 7 Nov 2016 18:20

100kms and camping in a shelter

Posted: Nov. 7, 2016, 9:20 a.m.

Sunday 6 Nov 2016 17:17

Found a campsite for the first night - much more fun on the bike path than riding out of the city

Posted: Nov. 6, 2016, 8:17 a.m.

Saturday 5 Nov 2016 19:19

Hello South Korea! Time for some off-road bike path action on the 4 rivers route to Seoul

Posted: Nov. 5, 2016, 10:19 a.m.

Friday 4 Nov 2016 17:47

And we made it to Fukuoka!

Posted: Nov. 4, 2016, 8:47 a.m.

Thursday 3 Nov 2016 17:46

Penultimate day in Japan - last night in the tent :-)

Posted: Nov. 3, 2016, 8:46 a.m.

Wednesday 2 Nov 2016 14:45

Afternoon off in beppu

Posted: Nov. 2, 2016, 5:45 a.m.

Wednesday 2 Nov 2016 8:19

730am ferry to Kyushu

Posted: Nov. 1, 2016, 11:19 p.m.

Tuesday 1 Nov 2016 8:17

Turning along the peninsula

Posted: Oct. 31, 2016, 11:17 p.m.

Monday 31 Oct 2016 19:15

More rivers, more rain, an onsen and a beach side camping spot

Posted: Oct. 31, 2016, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday 30 Oct 2016 16:13

Lovely riding along the shimanto river and an actual campground to end the day early at

Posted: Oct. 30, 2016, 7:13 a.m.

Saturday 29 Oct 2016 20:10

Sea walls and good scenery

Posted: Oct. 29, 2016, 11:10 a.m.

Friday 28 Oct 2016 19:08

A day of rain

Posted: Oct. 28, 2016, 10:08 a.m.

Thursday 27 Oct 2016 18:07

Iya valley and bridges made of vines

Posted: Oct. 27, 2016, 9:07 a.m.

Wednesday 26 Oct 2016 20:03

Ferry to Takamatsu and a late night tent pitching at a sports ground

Posted: Oct. 26, 2016, 11:03 a.m.

Wednesday 26 Oct 2016 14:08

Back on the road again after a couple of days quality rest at Mikes. First stop Kobe to catch a ferry to Shikoku!

Posted: Oct. 26, 2016, 5:08 a.m.

Sunday 23 Oct 2016 22:11

Heading west...

Posted: Oct. 23, 2016, 1:11 p.m.

Saturday 22 Oct 2016 22:09

Kurama fire festival and a record 1am tent pitching

Posted: Oct. 22, 2016, 1:09 p.m.

Wednesday 19 Oct 2016 18:55

Longer day than we would have liked, but we made it to Kyoto - two days off to explore!

Posted: Oct. 19, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

Tuesday 18 Oct 2016 18:53

Lake Bikwa and nice Shiga countryside. Nice to have the sun back :-) Also puncture number 1 in Japan...

Posted: Oct. 18, 2016, 9:53 a.m.

Monday 17 Oct 2016 18:22

A soggy start and lots of traffic. Great Japanese breakfast and udon dinner!

Posted: Oct. 17, 2016, 9:22 a.m.

Sunday 16 Oct 2016 21:21

Camping in the rain....

Posted: Oct. 16, 2016, 12:21 p.m.

Saturday 15 Oct 2016 19:25

First onsen experience and camped in a campground next to some kind of light illumination show. No idea what was happening.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2016, 10:25 a.m.

Saturday 15 Oct 2016 15:24

Another day, another lake

Posted: Oct. 15, 2016, 6:24 a.m.

Friday 14 Oct 2016 20:23

Ended the day camping next to a house where we were brought rice balls and beer :-)

Posted: Oct. 14, 2016, 11:23 a.m.

Friday 14 Oct 2016 11:21

Had to ride round all five Fuji five lakes while we were here...

Posted: Oct. 14, 2016, 2:21 a.m.

Thursday 13 Oct 2016 19:07

Uphill all day. And couldn't even see Mt Fuji :-(

Posted: Oct. 13, 2016, 10:07 a.m.

Wednesday 12 Oct 2016 19:06

Biggest city we have ridden out of for a while. Took ages!

Posted: Oct. 12, 2016, 10:06 a.m.

Thursday 6 Oct 2016 22:05

Country number 18!!! From a hot and humid Tokyo.

Posted: Oct. 6, 2016, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday 6 Oct 2016 18:45

Landed at Narita airport - bus to centre

Posted: Oct. 6, 2016, 9:45 a.m.

Monday 3 Oct 2016 16:04

First non-cycled miles in the US. 200 miles by train. Scenic journey and much faster than our legs....

Posted: Oct. 3, 2016, 7:04 a.m.

Tuesday 27 Sep 2016 19:16

Resting in San Luis Obispo and deciding whether to ride or train the rest of the way....

Posted: Sept. 28, 2016, 2:16 a.m.

Monday 26 Sep 2016 18:16

And amazing day 3. Big Sur you are our favourite!

Posted: Sept. 27, 2016, 1:16 a.m.

Sunday 25 Sep 2016 19:15

Second amazing day...hills and 100 degree heat making it tough but a camp spot right by the ocean is perfect

Posted: Sept. 26, 2016, 2:15 a.m.

Saturday 24 Sep 2016 17:13

Day1 of 3 amazing day son the Big Sur coastline

Posted: Sept. 25, 2016, 12:13 a.m.

Friday 23 Sep 2016 17:12

Monterey. A campsite at the end of a hilly day up a huge hill. Grumpy cyclists.

Posted: Sept. 24, 2016, 12:12 a.m.

Thursday 22 Sep 2016 17:11

Short day to Santa Cruz

Posted: Sept. 23, 2016, 12:11 a.m.

Wednesday 21 Sep 2016 19:47

Many hills to the lighthouse hostel...

Posted: Sept. 22, 2016, 2:47 a.m.

Sunday 18 Sep 2016 21:07

Short ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. Hello San Francisco!

Posted: Sept. 19, 2016, 4:07 a.m.

Saturday 17 Sep 2016 19:52

Almost San Francisco!

Posted: Sept. 18, 2016, 2:52 a.m.

Friday 16 Sep 2016 19:52

Short old day along the coast to recover

Posted: Sept. 17, 2016, 2:52 a.m.

Thursday 15 Sep 2016 19:51

Long old day along the coast

Posted: Sept. 16, 2016, 2:51 a.m.

Wednesday 14 Sep 2016 17:12

Back on the coast :-)

Posted: Sept. 15, 2016, 12:12 a.m.

Tuesday 13 Sep 2016 18:11

More trees....

Posted: Sept. 14, 2016, 1:11 a.m.

Monday 12 Sep 2016 18:15

Camping in the redwoods. Big trees!

Posted: Sept. 13, 2016, 1:15 a.m.

Saturday 10 Sep 2016 15:14

Short ride to see some friends and have a rest in Arcata

Posted: Sept. 10, 2016, 10:14 p.m.

Friday 9 Sep 2016 17:13

A night camping with raccoons

Posted: Sept. 10, 2016, 12:13 a.m.

Thursday 8 Sep 2016 21:12

California!

Posted: Sept. 9, 2016, 4:12 a.m.

Wednesday 7 Sep 2016 21:11

Last night in Oregon on the best stretch of coast so far

Posted: Sept. 8, 2016, 4:11 a.m.

Tuesday 6 Sep 2016 21:10

Another day of rain

Posted: Sept. 7, 2016, 4:10 a.m.

Monday 5 Sep 2016 20:09

Afternoon back on the bikes from the exact place we left 101... No cheating :-)

Posted: Sept. 6, 2016, 3:09 a.m.

Monday 5 Sep 2016 11:09

Still backtracking.... (Still in a car....)

Posted: Sept. 5, 2016, 6:09 p.m.

Monday 5 Sep 2016 10:08

Backtracking.... (In a car...)

Posted: Sept. 5, 2016, 5:08 p.m.

Friday 2 Sep 2016 22:28

Luxury weekend break in Eugene with Bill.... Go ducks!

Posted: Sept. 3, 2016, 5:28 a.m.

Thursday 1 Sep 2016 21:26

Side trip inland and a scary night camping in the woods

Posted: Sept. 2, 2016, 4:26 a.m.

Thursday 1 Sep 2016 12:26

Time to turn inland.... Florence we will be back

Posted: Sept. 1, 2016, 7:26 p.m.

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016 19:24

Some great coastal scenery

Posted: Sept. 1, 2016, 2:24 a.m.

Tuesday 30 Aug 2016 20:19

Camping by the beach

Posted: Aug. 31, 2016, 3:19 a.m.

Monday 29 Aug 2016 21:07

Debs favourite place - Lincoln City

Posted: Aug. 30, 2016, 4:07 a.m.

Sunday 28 Aug 2016 14:49

Not far as we spent too much time tasting cheese

Posted: Aug. 28, 2016, 9:49 p.m.

Saturday 27 Aug 2016 18:08

Almost a day off...

Posted: Aug. 28, 2016, 1:08 a.m.

Friday 26 Aug 2016 23:01

Hanging out by the sea in Seaside

Posted: Aug. 27, 2016, 6:01 a.m.

Thursday 25 Aug 2016 23:00

More riding south...

Posted: Aug. 26, 2016, 6 a.m.

Wednesday 24 Aug 2016 23:05

Just ride south

Posted: Aug. 25, 2016, 6:05 a.m.

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016 21:03

Best camp spot yet....

Posted: Aug. 24, 2016, 4:03 a.m.

Monday 22 Aug 2016 19:14

Circling the Olympic National Park

Posted: Aug. 23, 2016, 2:14 a.m.

Sunday 21 Aug 2016 18:13

Back on the road again.... Next stop USA! (Again)

Posted: Aug. 22, 2016, 1:13 a.m.

Thursday 18 Aug 2016 22:58

Finally we left Vancouver... To our next holiday spot, a few days on SaltSpring Island. Soon we will ride again... Just not yet.

Posted: Aug. 19, 2016, 5:58 a.m.

Monday 8 Aug 2016 23:21

Holiday time in Vancouver!

Posted: Aug. 9, 2016, 6:21 a.m.

Sunday 7 Aug 2016 21:20

Short day to Bellingham

Posted: Aug. 8, 2016, 4:20 a.m.

Saturday 6 Aug 2016 20:20

Back to Anacortes

Posted: Aug. 7, 2016, 3:20 a.m.

Friday 5 Aug 2016 23:19

Back to Shaw

Posted: Aug. 6, 2016, 6:19 a.m.

Friday 5 Aug 2016 20:18

Day try to San Juan Island to look for orcas

Posted: Aug. 6, 2016, 3:18 a.m.

Thursday 4 Aug 2016 23:17

Back to Shaw

Posted: Aug. 5, 2016, 6:17 a.m.

Thursday 4 Aug 2016 19:17

Day trip to Orcas Island and a small mountain climbed (for fun)

Posted: Aug. 5, 2016, 2:17 a.m.

Tuesday 2 Aug 2016 22:16

Holiday time on the San Juan Islands

Posted: Aug. 3, 2016, 5:16 a.m.

Monday 1 Aug 2016 14:49

MADE IT TO THE PACIFIC! WHOOP!!

Posted: Aug. 1, 2016, 9:49 p.m.

Sunday 31 Jul 2016 19:48

Long day but at least the mountains are behind us...

Posted: Aug. 1, 2016, 2:48 a.m.

Saturday 30 Jul 2016 20:50

North cascades national park... Beautiful

Posted: July 31, 2016, 3:50 a.m.

Friday 29 Jul 2016 20:45

Even hotter?! Day 4 of 5 passes in 5 days complete...

Posted: July 30, 2016, 3:45 a.m.

Thursday 28 Jul 2016 22:39

And even hotter. Over 100 degrees this afternoon. Like riding in an oven.

Posted: July 29, 2016, 5:39 a.m.

Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 21:39

Today Washington is still hot. And we are still riding up hills. This was a big one!

Posted: July 28, 2016, 4:39 a.m.

Monday 25 Jul 2016 18:47

Today Washington is hot. It looks like we didn't ride far but the road is not straight! And uphill.

Posted: July 26, 2016, 1:47 a.m.

Sunday 24 Jul 2016 18:45

Camping in a fairground. A shower for the 3rd night running. Life is good!

Posted: July 25, 2016, 1:45 a.m.

Saturday 23 Jul 2016 15:26

Short day, lots of ice cream, sitting by the lake

Posted: July 23, 2016, 10:26 p.m.

Friday 22 Jul 2016 21:34

State number 13

Posted: July 23, 2016, 4:34 a.m.

Thursday 21 Jul 2016 22:33

Camping behind a bar by a river

Posted: July 22, 2016, 4:33 a.m.

Wednesday 20 Jul 2016 20:03

Riding West!

Posted: July 21, 2016, 2:03 a.m.

Sunday 17 Jul 2016 21:45

And back to where we started the day. It was an unloaded ride. We were fast. Ah to have no panniers.....

Posted: July 18, 2016, 3:45 a.m.

Sunday 17 Jul 2016 13:44

Nice little ride over the going to the sun road. Maybe the best road I have ever ridden.... Maybe

Posted: July 17, 2016, 7:44 p.m.

Saturday 16 Jul 2016 21:42

Glacier National Park! Nice place to spend a few days

Posted: July 17, 2016, 3:42 a.m.

Friday 15 Jul 2016 18:24

Riding round flathead lake eating cherries

Posted: July 16, 2016, 12:24 a.m.

Thursday 14 Jul 2016 19:29

Making our way to Glacier NP

Posted: July 15, 2016, 1:29 a.m.

Tuesday 12 Jul 2016 23:19

Missoula. A cool town. Staying a day to look round...

Posted: July 13, 2016, 5:19 a.m.

Monday 11 Jul 2016 20:57

Back down to under 4000ft for the first time in a month!

Posted: July 12, 2016, 2:57 a.m.

Sunday 10 Jul 2016 16:16

Rain. Wind. Motel instead...

Posted: July 10, 2016, 10:16 p.m.

Saturday 9 Jul 2016 19:14

Then a long day into the wind over 2 passes. Come on wind help us out....

Posted: July 10, 2016, 1:14 a.m.

Friday 8 Jul 2016 19:34

Short day being tourists in old mining ghost towns

Posted: July 9, 2016, 1:34 a.m.

Thursday 7 Jul 2016 18:32

A tailwind for the first time in ages....

Posted: July 8, 2016, 12:32 a.m.

Wednesday 6 Jul 2016 18:51

Montana!

Posted: July 7, 2016, 12:51 a.m.

Tuesday 5 Jul 2016 16:50

After a week off, time to hit the road again.... Yellowstone NP isn't too bad either

Posted: July 5, 2016, 10:50 p.m.

Tuesday 28 Jun 2016 16:31

Grand Teton NP. What a place. Time for a rest?

Posted: June 28, 2016, 10:31 p.m.

Sunday 26 Jun 2016 20:02

Sleeping in our second church of the week! Bliss after a day uphill into the Wyoming wind

Posted: June 27, 2016, 2:02 a.m.

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 20:01

Amazing rocky scenery in Wyoming

Posted: June 26, 2016, 2:01 a.m.

Friday 24 Jun 2016 19:58

Jeffrey City: pop 58. But it has a bar and a church you can sleep in :-)

Posted: June 25, 2016, 1:58 a.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 19:56

Short day thunderstorm dodging

Posted: June 24, 2016, 1:56 a.m.

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016 21:35

State number 11!

Posted: June 23, 2016, 3:35 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 21:34

Back on it and riding towards Wyoming

Posted: June 22, 2016, 3:34 a.m.

Monday 20 Jun 2016 16:32

Short day so we could spend the afternoon hanging out by the lake

Posted: June 20, 2016, 10:32 p.m.

Sunday 19 Jun 2016 16:31

Amazing - trail ridge road, 12000ft pass, snowy mountains everywhere....

Posted: June 19, 2016, 10:31 p.m.

Friday 17 Jun 2016 18:43

Slowly slowly up these mountains

Posted: June 18, 2016, 12:43 a.m.

Thursday 16 Jun 2016 20:41

Sleeping in a fire station in one of the strangest towns yet

Posted: June 17, 2016, 2:41 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Jun 2016 22:55

The pin only tells half the story... 55 miles ends up 15 as the crow flies.... Progress at least!

Posted: June 16, 2016, 4:55 a.m.

Saturday 11 Jun 2016 21:19

After 15 days in a row we are going to have a few days off :-)

Posted: June 12, 2016, 3:19 a.m.

Friday 10 Jun 2016 21:11

And now we ride North! This feels strange

Posted: June 11, 2016, 3:11 a.m.

Thursday 9 Jun 2016 21:10

Riding towards the mountains in 38 deg heat

Posted: June 10, 2016, 3:10 a.m.

Wednesday 8 Jun 2016 15:59

Caught a glimpse of the mountains today!

Posted: June 8, 2016, 9:59 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Jun 2016 18:46

Another long day West...

Posted: June 8, 2016, 12:46 a.m.

Monday 6 Jun 2016 19:45

Long day West...

Posted: June 7, 2016, 12:45 a.m.

Sunday 5 Jun 2016 18:06

Keep going west just keep going west...

Posted: June 5, 2016, 11:06 p.m.

Saturday 4 Jun 2016 15:05

Half a days riding, half a days rest in a motel...

Posted: June 4, 2016, 8:05 p.m.

Friday 3 Jun 2016 19:18

Kansas is very flat....

Posted: June 4, 2016, 12:18 a.m.

Thursday 2 Jun 2016 15:50

I think Kansas is about to get very flat!

Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:50 p.m.

Wednesday 1 Jun 2016 21:06

Day 2 in Kansas.... Still waiting for the flat roads!

Posted: June 2, 2016, 2:06 a.m.

Tuesday 31 May 2016 21:04

First night in a motel ready to Skype my sister on the morning of her wedding

Posted: June 1, 2016, 2:04 a.m.

Monday 30 May 2016 21:13

A shower, pork chops on the BBQ and bread with lots of cheese! With our new friends Kelly and Doloros for our last night in Missouri

Posted: May 31, 2016, 2:13 a.m.

Sunday 29 May 2016 21:11

Finished the Katy trail!

Posted: May 30, 2016, 2:11 a.m.

Saturday 28 May 2016 21:10

A day sharing the Katy trail with 3000 other cyclists for the Pedallers jamboree!

Posted: May 29, 2016, 2:10 a.m.

Thursday 26 May 2016 19:01

Day 3 is a short one due to pesky thunderstorms and a wet, slow bike trail... Columbia seems a cool city though

Posted: May 27, 2016, 12:01 a.m.

Wednesday 25 May 2016 18:59

Day 2 on the Katy trail, following fellow professional adventurers Lewis and Clarke

Posted: May 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m.

Tuesday 24 May 2016 18:58

A night camping under a shelter at a baseball ground, day 1 of riding the Katy Trail

Posted: May 24, 2016, 11:58 p.m.

Sunday 22 May 2016 23:23

Shorter day riding but good stops at bakeries/museums. A good Sunday.

Posted: May 23, 2016, 4:23 a.m.

Saturday 21 May 2016 19:18

More kicks....

Posted: May 22, 2016, 12:18 a.m.

Friday 20 May 2016 17:20

Posted: May 20, 2016, 10:20 p.m.

Thursday 19 May 2016 20:52

Getting some kicks

Posted: May 20, 2016, 1:52 a.m.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 19:15

On our way to Route 66 :-)

Posted: May 19, 2016, 12:15 a.m.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 21:10

Camping by Lake Michigan #2

Posted: May 18, 2016, 2:10 a.m.

Monday 16 May 2016 19:10

Camping by Lake Michigan #1

Posted: May 16, 2016, 11:10 p.m.

Saturday 14 May 2016 12:27

Another long day but time for a rest

Posted: May 14, 2016, 4:27 p.m.

Thursday 12 May 2016 20:08

Long old day.... Especially when the thunderstorms hit 10 miles from the end... 76miles/122km, longest day of the whole trip so far

Posted: May 13, 2016, 12:08 a.m.

Wednesday 11 May 2016 21:15

Sleeping in our own dorm at a private school... :-)

Posted: May 12, 2016, 1:15 a.m.

Tuesday 10 May 2016 17:54

Back in the U S of A!

Posted: May 10, 2016, 9:54 p.m.

Monday 9 May 2016 17:53

Much easier riding without the wind smashing in our faces...

Posted: May 9, 2016, 9:53 p.m.

Sunday 8 May 2016 20:53

HEAD. WIND.

Posted: May 9, 2016, 12:53 a.m.

Sunday 1 May 2016 22:51

And rest! For a few days anyway...

Posted: May 2, 2016, 2:51 a.m.

Saturday 30 Apr 2016 19:18

The ultimate in cycling days. Massive diner breakfast, traffic free canal path, plied with food and cheered on as we rode a stretch of a charity ride, lunch at Niagara Falls and now hanging out in Canada...!

Posted: April 30, 2016, 11:18 p.m.

Friday 29 Apr 2016 19:16

A day on the canal path followed by a night camping by the canal

Posted: April 29, 2016, 11:16 p.m.

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 21:43

Short hop today back onto the Erie Canal cycleway

Posted: April 29, 2016, 1:43 a.m.

Wednesday 27 Apr 2016 21:54

3 lakes in one day...

Posted: April 28, 2016, 1:54 a.m.

Tuesday 26 Apr 2016 20:27

A day of riding in 6 degrees temperature - sunshine where have you gone!

Posted: April 27, 2016, 12:27 a.m.

Monday 25 Apr 2016 23:00

Longest day in the USA so far (and the coldest...brr!)

Posted: April 26, 2016, 3 a.m.

Sunday 24 Apr 2016 22:30

Taken in by friendly Americans for the second night running.... Amazing!

Posted: April 25, 2016, 2:30 a.m.

Saturday 23 Apr 2016 21:25

Heading west towards the Erie Canal bike route

Posted: April 24, 2016, 1:25 a.m.

Friday 22 Apr 2016 22:43

A hilly day in Vermont as we cross the green mountains

Posted: April 23, 2016, 2:43 a.m.

Thursday 21 Apr 2016 21:42

State number 3 already! We'll be across in no time...

Posted: April 22, 2016, 1:42 a.m.

Wednesday 20 Apr 2016 22:32

A new state! Shame it's a small one...

Posted: April 21, 2016, 2:32 a.m.

Tuesday 19 Apr 2016 23:16

Baby steps...

Posted: April 20, 2016, 3:16 a.m.

Monday 18 Apr 2016 21:43

Leg 2 : Boston, USA

Posted: April 19, 2016, 1:43 a.m.

Saturday 5 Mar 2016 12:38

And back to where we started 5 months ago. Bit colder this time. Time for a rest!!

Posted: March 5, 2016, 12:38 p.m.

Friday 4 Mar 2016 17:36

2 degrees and sleet/snow.... Definitely back in England!

Posted: March 4, 2016, 5:36 p.m.

Thursday 3 Mar 2016 18:35

Oxford

Posted: March 3, 2016, 6:35 p.m.

Tuesday 1 Mar 2016 17:33

Ruislip

Posted: March 1, 2016, 5:33 p.m.

Monday 29 Feb 2016 22:32

28 hours on a boat and we are back in the UK!

Posted: Feb. 29, 2016, 10:32 p.m.

Friday 26 Feb 2016 18:59

And finally to Bilbao, our final stop before sailing back to England :-)

Posted: Feb. 26, 2016, 5:59 p.m.

Friday 26 Feb 2016 18:58

Over a scary pass in the rain and cold

Posted: Feb. 26, 2016, 5:58 p.m.

Friday 26 Feb 2016 18:57

Train to avoid the snow

Posted: Feb. 26, 2016, 5:57 p.m.

Thursday 25 Feb 2016 18:56

Bumpy ride along a stoney canal path to Palencia

Posted: Feb. 25, 2016, 5:56 p.m.

Wednesday 24 Feb 2016 20:16

Fastest 50 miles ever... About time the wind gave us a hand

Posted: Feb. 24, 2016, 7:16 p.m.

Sunday 21 Feb 2016 21:22

Wow.... Salamanca is pretty nice...

Posted: Feb. 21, 2016, 8:22 p.m.

Saturday 20 Feb 2016 21:21

-2 degrees in the tent.... Chilly one! Ciudad Rodrigo is a great place

Posted: Feb. 20, 2016, 8:21 p.m.

Friday 19 Feb 2016 19:44

Into the wind, uphill, bad driving.... Last night in Portugal...

Posted: Feb. 19, 2016, 7:44 p.m.

Thursday 18 Feb 2016 22:53

Beautiful riding on wiggly small roads and now ready for a cold night in the tent!

Posted: Feb. 18, 2016, 10:53 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Feb 2016 22:54

Becoming wine connoisseurs in Lousã

Posted: Feb. 17, 2016, 10:54 p.m.

Tuesday 16 Feb 2016 23:12

A long old day after leaving the beautiful Atlantic coast... At least the sun shone today....

Posted: Feb. 16, 2016, 11:12 p.m.

Saturday 13 Feb 2016 21:11

All this rain.... Are we back in England already?

Posted: Feb. 13, 2016, 9:11 p.m.

Friday 12 Feb 2016 22:19

Another wet day...

Posted: Feb. 12, 2016, 10:19 p.m.

Wednesday 10 Feb 2016 21:36

When it rains it pours.... Soggy

Posted: Feb. 10, 2016, 9:36 p.m.

Tuesday 9 Feb 2016 20:48

Long day today... Few kms by ferry after 114kms by bike!

Posted: Feb. 9, 2016, 8:48 p.m.

Monday 8 Feb 2016 21:04

We would have ridden further but the coastline is too nice around here!

Posted: Feb. 8, 2016, 9:04 p.m.

Sunday 7 Feb 2016 21:03

Love pitching the tent and cooking in the dark...

Posted: Feb. 7, 2016, 9:03 p.m.

Sunday 7 Feb 2016 13:01

Lunch at the most South Westerly point in mainland Europe :-)

Posted: Feb. 7, 2016, 1:01 p.m.

Wednesday 3 Feb 2016 12:06

Time for a holiday by the beach :-)

Posted: Feb. 3, 2016, 12:06 p.m.

Sunday 31 Jan 2016 21:48

A long days ride fuelled by Portugese tarts

Posted: Jan. 31, 2016, 9:48 p.m.

Saturday 30 Jan 2016 21:29

First 100km day in a while... Tomorrow Portugal!

Posted: Jan. 30, 2016, 8:29 p.m.

Friday 29 Jan 2016 20:59

Half a day riding, half a day sight-seeing

Posted: Jan. 29, 2016, 7:59 p.m.

Thursday 28 Jan 2016 23:34

Finally a day where we made some distance and enjoyed some flat land... But I miss the mountains already...

Posted: Jan. 28, 2016, 10:34 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Jan 2016 23:32

More hills, 'only' 60km to Ronda but felt like 600...

Posted: Jan. 27, 2016, 10:32 p.m.

Tuesday 26 Jan 2016 17:58

Most climbing of the trip so far, again. Maybe most ever, hitting 2000m up today. Made it to campsite just outside El Chorro. Rest day tomorrow!

Posted: Jan. 26, 2016, 4:58 p.m.

Sunday 24 Jan 2016 21:40

Most climbing of the trip so far... Canyons, snowy mountains and a gravel road through a natural park... Tired!

Posted: Jan. 24, 2016, 8:40 p.m.

Thursday 21 Jan 2016 19:36

Finally we reach Granada on the most amazing road since crossing the Alps :-)

Posted: Jan. 21, 2016, 6:36 p.m.

Wednesday 20 Jan 2016 19:33

Another day of gravel roads does not equal good progress

Posted: Jan. 20, 2016, 6:33 p.m.

Tuesday 19 Jan 2016 20:39

Slowly slowly still... Today the gravel roads took their turn to slow us down...

Posted: Jan. 19, 2016, 7:39 p.m.

Monday 18 Jan 2016 22:33

Riding into the wind for the 700th day in a row... Uphill all day as well!

Posted: Jan. 18, 2016, 9:33 p.m.

Saturday 16 Jan 2016 19:22

Venturing inland day 2 - now to relax at a treat hotel!

Posted: Jan. 16, 2016, 6:22 p.m.

Friday 15 Jan 2016 19:21

Venturing inland day 1

Posted: Jan. 15, 2016, 6:21 p.m.

Thursday 14 Jan 2016 19:30

Sleeping (or maybe not given we are above a bar) in Benidorm... Never thought I would come here again!

Posted: Jan. 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 14 Jan 2016 12:27

Lunch

Posted: Jan. 14, 2016, 11:27 a.m.

Wednesday 13 Jan 2016 19:26

First night in the tent in a while... Right on the beach :-)

Posted: Jan. 13, 2016, 6:26 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Jan 2016 21:36

Finally dragged ourselves away from the beach to ride to Valencia!

Posted: Jan. 12, 2016, 8:36 p.m.

Saturday 9 Jan 2016 17:16

To Benicassim and a couple of days off by the sea :-)

Posted: Jan. 9, 2016, 4:16 p.m.

Friday 8 Jan 2016 17:15

Long day with some darkness riding thanks to the first fall and the first puncture...

Posted: Jan. 8, 2016, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday 7 Jan 2016 21:14

First proper day riding for a while - 102km to Tarragona

Posted: Jan. 7, 2016, 8:14 p.m.

Sunday 3 Jan 2016 22:31

Hola Espana!

Posted: Jan. 3, 2016, 9:31 p.m.

Saturday 2 Jan 2016 18:30

To Livorno for the ferry to Spain. Heavy rain!

Posted: Jan. 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 2 Jan 2016 12:29

Lunch by a leaning tower...

Posted: Jan. 2, 2016, 11:29 a.m.

Friday 18 Dec 2015 15:32

And to our home for Christmas in Barberinuzzo, Tuscany. The pin won't be moving for a while and we are looking forward to it!

Posted: Dec. 18, 2015, 2:32 p.m.

Wednesday 16 Dec 2015 15:30

Yes that's a long way to ride in one day..... That's why we took a 4 hour train instead....

Posted: Dec. 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday 13 Dec 2015 17:33

And here we are in Rome! 2 days holiday to explore :-)

Posted: Dec. 13, 2015, 4:33 p.m.

Saturday 12 Dec 2015 18:02

2nd 100km+ day in a row to get us within riding distance of Rome tomorrow!

Posted: Dec. 12, 2015, 5:02 p.m.

Friday 11 Dec 2015 20:07

Working our way towards Rome...

Posted: Dec. 11, 2015, 7:07 p.m.

Wednesday 9 Dec 2015 19:27

...and finally 20km of busy conurbation to reach Ercalano. A day of ruins tomorrow!

Posted: Dec. 9, 2015, 6:27 p.m.

Wednesday 9 Dec 2015 15:25

...and the Sorrento coast...

Posted: Dec. 9, 2015, 2:25 p.m.

Wednesday 9 Dec 2015 10:24

Riding around the Amalfi coast....

Posted: Dec. 9, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

Tuesday 8 Dec 2015 20:22

Downhill all the way to the Amalfi coast :-)

Posted: Dec. 8, 2015, 7:22 p.m.

Monday 7 Dec 2015 18:36

Hilliest day today... Sicignano at the top of the final hill. Why did the Romans build their towns on the top of hills?

Posted: Dec. 7, 2015, 5:36 p.m.

Sunday 6 Dec 2015 18:31

First night in the tent in a month and frost appeared again...

Posted: Dec. 6, 2015, 5:31 p.m.

Saturday 5 Dec 2015 22:36

Backwards today....

Posted: Dec. 5, 2015, 9:36 p.m.

Saturday 5 Dec 2015 0:05

An unscheduled change of direction to take in the world's biggest nativity in Mantera, a crazy town build in/on a cliff.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2015, 11:05 p.m.

Thursday 3 Dec 2015 20:50

First stop back in Italy is Andria, via some beautiful coastline :-)

Posted: Dec. 3, 2015, 7:50 p.m.

Thursday 3 Dec 2015 20:49

And we wake up in Bari, Italy...

Posted: Dec. 3, 2015, 7:49 p.m.

Wednesday 2 Dec 2015 20:48

To Durres to catch a boat back to Italy as we have a home for Christmas in Tuscany to get to...

Posted: Dec. 2, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

Tuesday 1 Dec 2015 18:25

A short but crazy 35km into Tirana, only our second capital city of the trip.... There's a reason we don't ride into big cities on bikes...

Posted: Dec. 1, 2015, 5:25 p.m.

Monday 30 Nov 2015 18:06

Good roads, bad roads, flat roads, hilly roads, chickens, goats, cows.... 100kms later we are sleeping in a castle

Posted: Nov. 30, 2015, 5:06 p.m.

Sunday 29 Nov 2015 17:44

Country number 13... Albania!

Posted: Nov. 29, 2015, 4:44 p.m.

Saturday 28 Nov 2015 10:38

Crazy wind, hills and rain.... Montenegro be nicer to us!

Posted: Nov. 28, 2015, 9:38 a.m.

Thursday 26 Nov 2015 17:26

Further than it looks as we detoured the whole way around Kotor Bay...

Posted: Nov. 26, 2015, 4:26 p.m.

Saturday 21 Nov 2015 19:56

Excited to have made it to Dubrovnik and survived a day of strong wind and horizontal rain

Posted: Nov. 21, 2015, 6:56 p.m.

Friday 20 Nov 2015 19:55

Not sure where we are right now but we found somewhere to sleep eventually...

Posted: Nov. 20, 2015, 6:55 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Nov 2015 18:39

And then back to 10kms from where we started

Posted: Nov. 18, 2015, 5:39 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Nov 2015 18:38

Riding around the island up and down hills just for fun...

Posted: Nov. 18, 2015, 5:38 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Nov 2015 19:44

Spent the morning in the Roman ruins of Salon, wandered around Split and now on Brac island

Posted: Nov. 17, 2015, 6:44 p.m.

Monday 16 Nov 2015 19:42

75km of coastal riding

Posted: Nov. 16, 2015, 6:42 p.m.

Monday 16 Nov 2015 14:43

Lunch by the sea to make the map look right :-)

Posted: Nov. 16, 2015, 1:43 p.m.

Sunday 15 Nov 2015 21:30

Day 50!! 105kms to Sibenik via Krka national park. Also ticked over 3000kms by the sea this morning :-)

Posted: Nov. 15, 2015, 8:30 p.m.

Friday 13 Nov 2015 23:33

80km via Pag to Zadar

Posted: Nov. 13, 2015, 10:33 p.m.

Thursday 12 Nov 2015 17:15

And finally to Pag to sleep

Posted: Nov. 12, 2015, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday 12 Nov 2015 17:14

Then to the mainland...

Posted: Nov. 12, 2015, 4:14 p.m.

Thursday 12 Nov 2015 17:14

First to Rab...

Posted: Nov. 12, 2015, 4:14 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Nov 2015 21:13

And back to Krk

Posted: Nov. 11, 2015, 8:13 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Nov 2015 21:12

Recreational ride around Krk island, just for fun...

Posted: Nov. 11, 2015, 8:12 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Nov 2015 21:10

Recreational ride around Krk island, just for fun...

Posted: Nov. 11, 2015, 8:10 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Nov 2015 21:50

Day 44 pt 2: then over to Krk for another day off...

Posted: Nov. 10, 2015, 8:50 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Nov 2015 21:49

Day 44... First stop Cres...

Posted: Nov. 10, 2015, 8:49 p.m.

Sunday 8 Nov 2015 18:32

Working our way around Istria

Posted: Nov. 8, 2015, 5:32 p.m.

Sunday 8 Nov 2015 14:30

Had to put a lunch spot in today or the map won't look the right shape.... And I'd hate that.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday 7 Nov 2015 19:30

Not very far but further than it looks after detouring inland then coming back to the coast

Posted: Nov. 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Friday 6 Nov 2015 19:02

Breakfast in Italy, lunch in Slovenia, dinner in Croatia... Amazing day :-)

Posted: Nov. 6, 2015, 6:02 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Nov 2015 22:17

Finally we saw the sea again, 5 weeks since we left it in the Netherlands!

Posted: Nov. 4, 2015, 9:17 p.m.

Tuesday 3 Nov 2015 22:15

First 100km day in a while...

Posted: Nov. 3, 2015, 9:15 p.m.

Monday 2 Nov 2015 22:38

Rode north for the first time today!

Posted: Nov. 2, 2015, 9:38 p.m.

Saturday 31 Oct 2015 21:46

To within a stones throw of Venice.....

Posted: Oct. 31, 2015, 8:46 p.m.

Thursday 29 Oct 2015 21:22

A morning in Verona then an afternoon ride to Montagnana

Posted: Oct. 29, 2015, 8:22 p.m.

Wednesday 28 Oct 2015 19:08

Finally a day of rain :-( but Verona is an amazing place to arrive in the dark

Posted: Oct. 28, 2015, 6:08 p.m.

Tuesday 27 Oct 2015 22:36

After a rest day in Bergamo, passed the 2000km mark just as we arrived in the centre of Brescia!

Posted: Oct. 27, 2015, 9:36 p.m.

Sunday 25 Oct 2015 18:29

Ok not very far on day 29 either but we wanted to look around Bergamo.... Great place for a visit!

Posted: Oct. 25, 2015, 5:29 p.m.

Saturday 24 Oct 2015 21:45

Not far as the crow flies but we rode a wiggly way around Lake Como...

Posted: Oct. 24, 2015, 7:45 p.m.

Friday 23 Oct 2015 22:39

Day 27 on the road, not very far as these lakes are so damn nice!

Posted: Oct. 23, 2015, 8:39 p.m.

Thursday 22 Oct 2015 22:37

100km day to country number 7 and a small spot for the tent right by Lake Maggiore... Lovely!

Posted: Oct. 22, 2015, 8:37 p.m.

Wednesday 21 Oct 2015 20:16

Short day distance wise but we made it over a 2100m high pass so it's ok! Downhill day tomorrow as a reward....

Posted: Oct. 21, 2015, 6:16 p.m.

Tuesday 20 Oct 2015 22:38

Staring our ascent of a 2100m Alp pass.... Whether we ride or train over the top depends entirely on the weather...

Posted: Oct. 20, 2015, 8:38 p.m.

Monday 19 Oct 2015 22:43

Sunny Switzerland has not disappointed us so far....

Posted: Oct. 19, 2015, 8:43 p.m.

Sunday 18 Oct 2015 20:03

Change of plan and heading due South for some sunshine!

Posted: Oct. 18, 2015, 6:03 p.m.

Saturday 17 Oct 2015 23:49

Incredibly hilly route across the Black Forest in cloud and drizzle

Posted: Oct. 17, 2015, 9:49 p.m.

Friday 16 Oct 2015 23:47

Lunch in Strasbourg and a night back in Germany.....

Posted: Oct. 16, 2015, 9:47 p.m.

Friday 16 Oct 2015 7:38

Short jaunt south in France to our next hosts....

Posted: Oct. 16, 2015, 5:38 a.m.

Wednesday 14 Oct 2015 9:48

Amazing warm showers hosts Dominique and Eric in Riedseltz, FR after a 100km day of hilly cycling through German forests

Posted: Oct. 14, 2015, 7:48 a.m.

Tuesday 13 Oct 2015 9:47

A night camping below freezing just over the French border..... We found out that camping in Autumn can be quite chilly!

Posted: Oct. 13, 2015, 7:47 a.m.

Monday 12 Oct 2015 11:30

Treated ourself to a Youth Hostel in Driesbach.... Approaching the 1000km mark. Beautiful riding down the river Saar

Posted: Oct. 12, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Monday 12 Oct 2015 11:29

Night and morning in Trier, UNESCO heritage city with some amazing Roman monuments

Posted: Oct. 12, 2015, 9:29 a.m.

Friday 9 Oct 2015 23:09

Hilly Luxembourg! Tired legs. Watching bake off final in the tent

Posted: Oct. 9, 2015, 9:09 p.m.

Thursday 8 Oct 2015 23:07

Warm showers hosts at an old farmhouse in Cherain... Lovely company and organic beer :-)

Posted: Oct. 8, 2015, 9:07 p.m.

Wednesday 7 Oct 2015 23:05

Camped in a garden......

Posted: Oct. 7, 2015, 9:05 p.m.

Tuesday 6 Oct 2015 22:33

85 meandering kilometres along RV10 Belgian bike route.... Also finally some hills! Now in Namur deciding where to go tomorrow...

Posted: Oct. 6, 2015, 8:33 p.m.

Sunday 4 Oct 2015 22:54

Centre of the EC and famous for a pissing boy.... Yes we are in Brussels. Warm showers hosts number two, providers of beer and bolognese :-)

Posted: Oct. 4, 2015, 8:54 p.m.

Saturday 3 Oct 2015 22:53

Second and equally chilly night in the tent in Ghent, warmed up by some awesome Belgian (not French) fries

Posted: Oct. 3, 2015, 8:53 p.m.

Friday 2 Oct 2015 22:52

First night in the tent in Bruges.... Chilly!

Posted: Oct. 2, 2015, 8:52 p.m.

Thursday 1 Oct 2015 23:08

Night five.... An amazing warm showers host in Vlissingen, NL eating homemade pizza

Posted: Oct. 1, 2015, 9:08 p.m.

Thursday 1 Oct 2015 7:07

Arrived in Hook of Holland

Posted: Oct. 1, 2015, 5:07 a.m.

Wednesday 30 Sep 2015 23:05

Night four.... Aboard the Harwich-Hook of Holland ferry

Posted: Sept. 30, 2015, 9:05 p.m.

Tuesday 29 Sep 2015 22:03

Night three in Kelvedon.... Just about made it, so it gets dark early these days....

Posted: Sept. 29, 2015, 9:03 p.m.

Monday 28 Sep 2015 22:41

Night two in Stewartby with Fuller, 65 mile day and achy legs...

Posted: Sept. 28, 2015, 9:41 p.m.

Sunday 27 Sep 2015 22:43

Night one in Hinckley at Chez Chez... 20 miles in!

Posted: Sept. 27, 2015, 9:43 p.m.

Sunday 27 Sep 2015 15:08

Start!! Measham

Posted: Sept. 27, 2015, 2:08 p.m.

Brakes And Cakes

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Dates: 27 Sep 2015 - 15 Aug 2017
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Debs and Jo pedalling around

Really enjoyed your post about Route 66. Keep up the good work!

Buon Nuovo Anno! Give our regards to La Bella Italia.

Keep pedalling

Love fron both of us.
J & G