A bit of help from the wind and a whole chocolate cake got us 115km to Copenhagen. Time for a rest!
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 :-)
More headwinds, more water, more trees and another great camp spot by a lake
Seriously strong headwind and a hilly road.... not bad to have done 85km by 6pm...
Took a turn inland for a change of scenery. But found more trees. Rainy afternoon so time for a campsite and a shower
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!
Long and fiddly bike route
more trees and lakes and a camp spot by the marina
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!
Ferry to Stockholm then a day off exploring capital city number 4/6 of this European leg
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...)
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....
Some island hopping and a great camp spot right by the sea
Island riding, ferries and a lakeside camp spot. Passed 29000kms and 18000 miles today :-)
A short day and a Skype interview
Long day, first wild camp in Finland was a success!
Ferry to Helsinki. Where we should have arrived from St Petersburg six weeks ago. Back on track and ready to ride home :-)
Amazing Tallinn.. capital city 2/6 of this leg. Great place to wander around though too many cobbles for pushing the bikes
Three sets of ruins and miles and miles of forest...
Camping by the ferry ready for an early start
Lunchtime ferry to island number 3
Thunderstorms, headwinds, a ferry and a 10pm campground arrival... 2nd latest ever. Dinner at 10.30pm. Long days mess with your body clock!
Cute garden camping and interview prep in Parnu
Camping at a midsummer party with drunk Latvians
Short rainy day into Riga. Now a day off to explore. Looks nice and not seen any stag/hen dos yet...
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 :-(
Latvia day 2
First night back in the tent
Back on the bikes after two months - heading for Helsinki
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.
First night over the border in China
Mostly downhill towards the Chinese border. Took a tumble. Stayed in a Chinese run hotel and ate Chinese food
Craziest of crazy hills. 1700m climbing in 80km. Legs not happy.
Long day to charmless Pak Mong
Downhill reward (plus a few crazy hills thrown in) and water festival craziness in Luang Prabang
Crazy hills day 3
Crazy hills day 2
Crazy hills day 1
Crazy Vang Vieng. Bit more peaceful out at an organic farm... but not much...
Day 1 on the road in Laos. Dust, friendly waves, and hills. I think this is going to be the way now :-)
Welcome to Laos! Vientiane is crazy and not for the faint hearted cyclist. Looking forward to getting out into the countryside tomorrow.
Short hop to Nong Khai and a couple of days off relaxing by the river
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...
80k via Wat Phu Thok
Just had a brilliant chocolate croissant. Also saw some interesting monk processions today. It was hot.
Some very fancy temples. It was hot. We had a boat ride on the Mekong in the evening in Nakhon Phanom.
Amazingly cloudy day. Hardly shed a bead of sweat. 128kms no problem.
First day following the Mekong, yet it's the hilliest day in ages?!
The meeting of two rivers (and they are different colours so it looks pretty cool)
Hot. Sweaty. Iced chocolate drinks.
Back into Thailand:-)
Long, hot, 128kms. At least this road was much quieter than the main highway
A hot 105 km to Siem Reap. Time for a couple of days off to explore Angkor Wat
90km done by 1.30. Afternoon off eating, laying down and avoiding the thunderstorms.
Couple of days in Bangkok then a ride out just as unpleasant as the ride in. Luckily just not as long.
Short ride through the hell that is outer Bangkok. Not nice!
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...
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
By Pui Noi beach. Also called poo noi on some signs. Great riding through Sam Roi Yot national park
This beach has a pier and the biggest night market we have ever seen. I think it might be a fair. Amazing fruit shakes.
Another day, another beach
Tiny day. Stopped by an empty beach at 9.45am and decided to call it a day.
Even longer day.... hot and sweaty
Long day to Ranong
Cloudy and rainy day to Kuraburi
Planned on camping by the beach but stormy so sleeping under a mosquito netted massage hut thanks to a kind bar owner
Another 100k day to Phang Nga. Great scenery.
Back in the saddle. Time to cover some miles. First 100k day in a while. It's hot.
Hard to leave. Took a speedboat ride to the next island, Koh Lanta
Camping on the beach on Koh Bulon Leh. Our favourite place for a long time. Picture perfect ocean.
Ready for another island
Langkawi tour day 3 (after a day off at the beach..) back to the ferry
Langkawi tour day 2 - to the much quieter and nicer Tanjung Rhu
Langkawi tour day 1 - busy backpackery Pantai Cenang
Ferry to Langkawi
Horrible busy ride and then a short ferry to Penang. Amazing place!
With warm showers host David and his wife
Taiping, the best street food so far in Asia
A day on the island then back to the mainland for the night
Pulau Pangkor, our first SE Asian Island and a great west coast sunset
A cheap Chinese hotel, a leaning tower and amazing chicken rice
Day 1 on the road proper!
Back from Melaka
Lightweight ride to Melaka. Two small panniers each. Hot and sweaty! 110kms, last 20kms horrible and busy.
Staying with Pete and his wife who work at an international school
Into KL central to apply for Chinese visas and get some jabs
Country number 21: Malaysia. 4am touch down in KL
And... back to Auckland. With the help of a bus.
Final cycling destination
Through the forest. Serious hills. 1290m climbing in 88km
Afternoon off by the beach. Until it rained.
Twin coast cycle route day 2 - camping at the boulders
Twin coast cycle route day 1 - to Kaikoe (almost)
Up to the bay of islands via the coast and a hilly gravel road. 1192m climb in 90km. Time for a day off...
Lunch by the sea
Boring day of highway 1 riding - traffic, bad road surface, noise....
Nice to hang out in Wel(ls)ford, even broke the 50km barrier today, evening of radio appearance, volleyball and BBQ
Invited to camp on a farm so didn't quite make 50km
Slow Northland ride day 1 - not even 40km
CAMPERVAN DAY - back to Auckland after a morning by the sea
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!
CAMPERVAN DAY - camping by Tongariro National Park with full view of the mountains.
CAMPERVAN DAY - a long old drive to get close to Picton for our morning ferry.
Back to where we started three weeks ago....
Sunshine and great views. How quickly life on a bike can go from awful to amazing....
Cloud, rain, very steep hills and unfriendly people. 2am tent evacuation after waking up in a lake.
A day of old gold mining towns. Camping where 7000 people used to live and now there's not even one building left...
A long day, a bit of sunshine and even a tailwind.... finally!
Saw a lake. And a glacier. But the mountains remained hidden behind clouds....
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...
No more sunshine. Still a headwind despite changing direction. Come on NZ give us some help...
An alpine pass, some sunshine, loads of waterfalls and a huge free lunch. Great day.
Cloudy. Camping by lake wanaka. Hilly. New Zealand being New Zealand.
Toughest climb yet over crown range road
Made in to Queenstown. Time for a day off...
Camped by a lake
Long old day
Favourite place in the world looking as good as I remember
Best lunch spot ever
Even more serious headwind. Progress severely hampered. Good job Lake Tekapo looks awesome.
Serious headwind. Progress hampered.
Planned to head to the west coast, saw the rain, went inland instead...
A day relaxing on a farm in Canterbury with an old friend and a former all-black...
Not happy about flying but look how far you can get in a couple of hours
Flight to Christchurch
Hello New Zealand... hello spring!
Flight to Auckland
Train out to the airport
Short but rainy ride into the centre of the city. Ride complete! Time to find some bike boxes....
Motel on the edge of Seoul. Almost there!
Camping with loads of other Koreans on an island. We're not the only crazy ones camping when it's freezing!
Back in the tent wearing all our clothes to sleep in
Motel treat#2. It's cold out there!
A cold day and a motel treat
A cold night camping in a bird watching area. -6 at 7am the next morning!
100kms and camping in a shelter
Found a campsite for the first night - much more fun on the bike path than riding out of the city
Hello South Korea! Time for some off-road bike path action on the 4 rivers route to Seoul
And we made it to Fukuoka!
Penultimate day in Japan - last night in the tent :-)
Afternoon off in beppu
730am ferry to Kyushu
Turning along the peninsula
More rivers, more rain, an onsen and a beach side camping spot
Lovely riding along the shimanto river and an actual campground to end the day early at
Sea walls and good scenery
A day of rain
Iya valley and bridges made of vines
Ferry to Takamatsu and a late night tent pitching at a sports ground
Back on the road again after a couple of days quality rest at Mikes. First stop Kobe to catch a ferry to Shikoku!
Kurama fire festival and a record 1am tent pitching
Longer day than we would have liked, but we made it to Kyoto - two days off to explore!
Lake Bikwa and nice Shiga countryside. Nice to have the sun back :-) Also puncture number 1 in Japan...
A soggy start and lots of traffic. Great Japanese breakfast and udon dinner!
Camping in the rain....
First onsen experience and camped in a campground next to some kind of light illumination show. No idea what was happening.
Another day, another lake
Ended the day camping next to a house where we were brought rice balls and beer :-)
Had to ride round all five Fuji five lakes while we were here...
Uphill all day. And couldn't even see Mt Fuji :-(
Biggest city we have ridden out of for a while. Took ages!
Country number 18!!! From a hot and humid Tokyo.
Landed at Narita airport - bus to centre
First non-cycled miles in the US. 200 miles by train. Scenic journey and much faster than our legs....
Resting in San Luis Obispo and deciding whether to ride or train the rest of the way....
And amazing day 3. Big Sur you are our favourite!
Second amazing day...hills and 100 degree heat making it tough but a camp spot right by the ocean is perfect
Day1 of 3 amazing day son the Big Sur coastline
Monterey. A campsite at the end of a hilly day up a huge hill. Grumpy cyclists.
Short day to Santa Cruz
Many hills to the lighthouse hostel...
Short ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. Hello San Francisco!
Almost San Francisco!
Short old day along the coast to recover
Long old day along the coast
Back on the coast :-)
Camping in the redwoods. Big trees!
Short ride to see some friends and have a rest in Arcata
A night camping with raccoons
Last night in Oregon on the best stretch of coast so far
Another day of rain
Afternoon back on the bikes from the exact place we left 101... No cheating :-)
Still backtracking.... (Still in a car....)
Backtracking.... (In a car...)
Luxury weekend break in Eugene with Bill.... Go ducks!
Side trip inland and a scary night camping in the woods
Time to turn inland.... Florence we will be back
Some great coastal scenery
Camping by the beach
Debs favourite place - Lincoln City
Not far as we spent too much time tasting cheese
Almost a day off...
Hanging out by the sea in Seaside
More riding south...
Just ride south
Best camp spot yet....
Circling the Olympic National Park
Back on the road again.... Next stop USA! (Again)
Finally we left Vancouver... To our next holiday spot, a few days on SaltSpring Island. Soon we will ride again... Just not yet.
Holiday time in Vancouver!
Short day to Bellingham
Back to Anacortes
Back to Shaw
Day try to San Juan Island to look for orcas
Back to Shaw
Day trip to Orcas Island and a small mountain climbed (for fun)
Holiday time on the San Juan Islands
MADE IT TO THE PACIFIC! WHOOP!!
Long day but at least the mountains are behind us...
North cascades national park... Beautiful
Even hotter?! Day 4 of 5 passes in 5 days complete...
And even hotter. Over 100 degrees this afternoon. Like riding in an oven.
Today Washington is still hot. And we are still riding up hills. This was a big one!
Today Washington is hot. It looks like we didn't ride far but the road is not straight! And uphill.
Camping in a fairground. A shower for the 3rd night running. Life is good!
Short day, lots of ice cream, sitting by the lake
State number 13
Camping behind a bar by a river
And back to where we started the day. It was an unloaded ride. We were fast. Ah to have no panniers.....
Nice little ride over the going to the sun road. Maybe the best road I have ever ridden.... Maybe
Glacier National Park! Nice place to spend a few days
Riding round flathead lake eating cherries
Making our way to Glacier NP
Missoula. A cool town. Staying a day to look round...
Back down to under 4000ft for the first time in a month!
Rain. Wind. Motel instead...
Then a long day into the wind over 2 passes. Come on wind help us out....
Short day being tourists in old mining ghost towns
A tailwind for the first time in ages....
After a week off, time to hit the road again.... Yellowstone NP isn't too bad either
Grand Teton NP. What a place. Time for a rest?
Sleeping in our second church of the week! Bliss after a day uphill into the Wyoming wind
Amazing rocky scenery in Wyoming
Jeffrey City: pop 58. But it has a bar and a church you can sleep in :-)
Short day thunderstorm dodging
State number 11!
Back on it and riding towards Wyoming
Short day so we could spend the afternoon hanging out by the lake
Amazing - trail ridge road, 12000ft pass, snowy mountains everywhere....
Slowly slowly up these mountains
Sleeping in a fire station in one of the strangest towns yet
The pin only tells half the story... 55 miles ends up 15 as the crow flies.... Progress at least!
After 15 days in a row we are going to have a few days off :-)
And now we ride North! This feels strange
Riding towards the mountains in 38 deg heat
Caught a glimpse of the mountains today!
Another long day West...
Long day West...
Keep going west just keep going west...
Half a days riding, half a days rest in a motel...
Kansas is very flat....
I think Kansas is about to get very flat!
Day 2 in Kansas.... Still waiting for the flat roads!
First night in a motel ready to Skype my sister on the morning of her wedding
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
Finished the Katy trail!
A day sharing the Katy trail with 3000 other cyclists for the Pedallers jamboree!
Day 3 is a short one due to pesky thunderstorms and a wet, slow bike trail... Columbia seems a cool city though
Day 2 on the Katy trail, following fellow professional adventurers Lewis and Clarke
A night camping under a shelter at a baseball ground, day 1 of riding the Katy Trail
Shorter day riding but good stops at bakeries/museums. A good Sunday.
Getting some kicks
On our way to Route 66 :-)
Camping by Lake Michigan #2
Camping by Lake Michigan #1
Another long day but time for a rest
Long old day.... Especially when the thunderstorms hit 10 miles from the end... 76miles/122km, longest day of the whole trip so far
Sleeping in our own dorm at a private school... :-)
Back in the U S of A!
Much easier riding without the wind smashing in our faces...
And rest! For a few days anyway...
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...!
A day on the canal path followed by a night camping by the canal
Short hop today back onto the Erie Canal cycleway
3 lakes in one day...
A day of riding in 6 degrees temperature - sunshine where have you gone!
Longest day in the USA so far (and the coldest...brr!)
Taken in by friendly Americans for the second night running.... Amazing!
Heading west towards the Erie Canal bike route
A hilly day in Vermont as we cross the green mountains
State number 3 already! We'll be across in no time...
A new state! Shame it's a small one...
Leg 2 : Boston, USA
And back to where we started 5 months ago. Bit colder this time. Time for a rest!!
2 degrees and sleet/snow.... Definitely back in England!
28 hours on a boat and we are back in the UK!
And finally to Bilbao, our final stop before sailing back to England :-)
Over a scary pass in the rain and cold
Train to avoid the snow
Bumpy ride along a stoney canal path to Palencia
Fastest 50 miles ever... About time the wind gave us a hand
Wow.... Salamanca is pretty nice...
-2 degrees in the tent.... Chilly one! Ciudad Rodrigo is a great place
Into the wind, uphill, bad driving.... Last night in Portugal...
Beautiful riding on wiggly small roads and now ready for a cold night in the tent!
Becoming wine connoisseurs in Lousã
A long old day after leaving the beautiful Atlantic coast... At least the sun shone today....
All this rain.... Are we back in England already?
Another wet day...
When it rains it pours.... Soggy
Long day today... Few kms by ferry after 114kms by bike!
We would have ridden further but the coastline is too nice around here!
Love pitching the tent and cooking in the dark...
Lunch at the most South Westerly point in mainland Europe :-)
Time for a holiday by the beach :-)
A long days ride fuelled by Portugese tarts
First 100km day in a while... Tomorrow Portugal!
Half a day riding, half a day sight-seeing
Finally a day where we made some distance and enjoyed some flat land... But I miss the mountains already...
More hills, 'only' 60km to Ronda but felt like 600...
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!
Most climbing of the trip so far... Canyons, snowy mountains and a gravel road through a natural park... Tired!
Finally we reach Granada on the most amazing road since crossing the Alps :-)
Another day of gravel roads does not equal good progress
Slowly slowly still... Today the gravel roads took their turn to slow us down...
Riding into the wind for the 700th day in a row... Uphill all day as well!
Venturing inland day 2 - now to relax at a treat hotel!
Venturing inland day 1
Sleeping (or maybe not given we are above a bar) in Benidorm... Never thought I would come here again!
First night in the tent in a while... Right on the beach :-)
Finally dragged ourselves away from the beach to ride to Valencia!
To Benicassim and a couple of days off by the sea :-)
Long day with some darkness riding thanks to the first fall and the first puncture...
First proper day riding for a while - 102km to Tarragona
To Livorno for the ferry to Spain. Heavy rain!
Lunch by a leaning tower...
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!
Yes that's a long way to ride in one day..... That's why we took a 4 hour train instead....
And here we are in Rome! 2 days holiday to explore :-)
2nd 100km+ day in a row to get us within riding distance of Rome tomorrow!
Working our way towards Rome...
...and finally 20km of busy conurbation to reach Ercalano. A day of ruins tomorrow!
...and the Sorrento coast...
Riding around the Amalfi coast....
Downhill all the way to the Amalfi coast :-)
Hilliest day today... Sicignano at the top of the final hill. Why did the Romans build their towns on the top of hills?
First night in the tent in a month and frost appeared again...
An unscheduled change of direction to take in the world's biggest nativity in Mantera, a crazy town build in/on a cliff.
First stop back in Italy is Andria, via some beautiful coastline :-)
And we wake up in Bari, Italy...
To Durres to catch a boat back to Italy as we have a home for Christmas in Tuscany to get to...
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...
Good roads, bad roads, flat roads, hilly roads, chickens, goats, cows.... 100kms later we are sleeping in a castle
Country number 13... Albania!
Crazy wind, hills and rain.... Montenegro be nicer to us!
Further than it looks as we detoured the whole way around Kotor Bay...
Excited to have made it to Dubrovnik and survived a day of strong wind and horizontal rain
Not sure where we are right now but we found somewhere to sleep eventually...
And then back to 10kms from where we started
Riding around the island up and down hills just for fun...
Spent the morning in the Roman ruins of Salon, wandered around Split and now on Brac island
75km of coastal riding
Lunch by the sea to make the map look right :-)
Day 50!! 105kms to Sibenik via Krka national park. Also ticked over 3000kms by the sea this morning :-)
80km via Pag to Zadar
And finally to Pag to sleep
Then to the mainland...
First to Rab...
And back to Krk
Recreational ride around Krk island, just for fun...
Recreational ride around Krk island, just for fun...
Day 44 pt 2: then over to Krk for another day off...
Day 44... First stop Cres...
Working our way around Istria
Had to put a lunch spot in today or the map won't look the right shape.... And I'd hate that.
Not very far but further than it looks after detouring inland then coming back to the coast
Breakfast in Italy, lunch in Slovenia, dinner in Croatia... Amazing day :-)
Finally we saw the sea again, 5 weeks since we left it in the Netherlands!
First 100km day in a while...
Rode north for the first time today!
To within a stones throw of Venice.....
A morning in Verona then an afternoon ride to Montagnana
Finally a day of rain :-( but Verona is an amazing place to arrive in the dark
After a rest day in Bergamo, passed the 2000km mark just as we arrived in the centre of Brescia!
Ok not very far on day 29 either but we wanted to look around Bergamo.... Great place for a visit!
Not far as the crow flies but we rode a wiggly way around Lake Como...
Day 27 on the road, not very far as these lakes are so damn nice!
100km day to country number 7 and a small spot for the tent right by Lake Maggiore... Lovely!
Short day distance wise but we made it over a 2100m high pass so it's ok! Downhill day tomorrow as a reward....
Staring our ascent of a 2100m Alp pass.... Whether we ride or train over the top depends entirely on the weather...
Sunny Switzerland has not disappointed us so far....
Change of plan and heading due South for some sunshine!
Incredibly hilly route across the Black Forest in cloud and drizzle
Lunch in Strasbourg and a night back in Germany.....
Short jaunt south in France to our next hosts....
Amazing warm showers hosts Dominique and Eric in Riedseltz, FR after a 100km day of hilly cycling through German forests
A night camping below freezing just over the French border..... We found out that camping in Autumn can be quite chilly!
Treated ourself to a Youth Hostel in Driesbach.... Approaching the 1000km mark. Beautiful riding down the river Saar
Night and morning in Trier, UNESCO heritage city with some amazing Roman monuments
Hilly Luxembourg! Tired legs. Watching bake off final in the tent
Warm showers hosts at an old farmhouse in Cherain... Lovely company and organic beer :-)
Camped in a garden......
85 meandering kilometres along RV10 Belgian bike route.... Also finally some hills! Now in Namur deciding where to go tomorrow...
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 :-)
Second and equally chilly night in the tent in Ghent, warmed up by some awesome Belgian (not French) fries
First night in the tent in Bruges.... Chilly!
Night five.... An amazing warm showers host in Vlissingen, NL eating homemade pizza
Arrived in Hook of Holland
Night four.... Aboard the Harwich-Hook of Holland ferry
Night three in Kelvedon.... Just about made it, so it gets dark early these days....
Night two in Stewartby with Fuller, 65 mile day and achy legs...
Night one in Hinckley at Chez Chez... 20 miles in!