|Dates:||1 May 2017 - 22 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||8 months, 3 weeks|
Cold foggy morning followed by a beautiful afternoon. Camping at a site today to wash and charge phones.
Sun setting at a camping spot.
Camping at a site tonight in the woods. Massively overpriced and we only needed water and phone battery.
Wild camping tonight and back on the road. We have to ride far north to get around a natural park with no roads.
Week in a apartment to see shells Mum.
Waiting at the train station for shells Mum to arrive.
Riding through Cádiz
Staying with a warm showers host for a few days and helping out with the abandoned cats they look after.
Warm showers host with many cats.
Second night in the hostel.
Hard hilly day. Made even harder by a awful sleep last night. It’s been that windy that we couldn’t role downhill, we had to peddle. Staying in a hostel as it’s the same price as camping.
Camping at a council site.
Raining so much me have stayed in the tent all day.
Freezing cold tonight and we can’t get much further south now.
First day back on the bikes after a long break. Felt strange to ride with weight again. I managed to have a puncture, rip my pannier bag and have my first real fall in a wet cycle lane then skid through a puddle in front of a family.
Getting the bikes ready to move on tomorrow. Going to be hard after 2 months of hardly riding.
Me, shell and Ollie went for a ride in the hills.
Went for a ride to torox and decided to go a bit further up the mountain.
Ride to valez Malaga
The Caravan is cold!
Got a lift to Malaga with Jackie, a French guy we meet at the campsite.
Bike ride to torre del mar.
Stuck in the caravan by lots and lots of rain.
Rode to the foot of the mountain then walked up to 1508m El Cielo. Then back down to sea level just in time to see England and Scotland Win.
Messing about with the fisheye lens. (Don’t think it dose shell any favours)
First full day of 43 in the caravan and i love it. Feels like home much more than the tent ever does.
Today we packed up and a guy came to us and told us the campsite had a caravan to rent. We asked the owner as we were leaving and now we have a caravan until the fifth of January.
Camping and cold.
Camping at a really nice place. It’s cold at night now and we aren’t back in the swing of being on the bikes again.
Second night here.
Bus and blaablaa car to Granada.
After 2 weeks we got back on the bikes today and left the mountains. Heading to Granada tomorrow for a look around.
Nice afternoon walk.
Very lazy Sunday.
Day at the Beach. 🏖
After a really steep climb we made it to the volunteer place. Really cool house in the mountains.
Final night cycle touring before we get to our volunteering placement.
Staying in a area of industrial farming. Someone told us it’s the biggest area in Spain and it’s disgusting! Plastic green houses for miles and miles! Horrid.
Hard hilly day today with lots of wind.
Campsite tonight by the sea. Meet some really nice British people and one came and gave us a gin and tonic. Everything is closed today for the day of the dead so we had a small dinner!
Had a brilliant night and wicked hospitality at a house. Shell put a plea out on Facebook for hosts and last night we stayed with Paul and Wendy.
Bit of a nothing Day. Finished early with getting an hour back.
We went the complete wrong way today for 10km and didn’t want to turn back so ended up here.
It has been 29°c today and we have really felt the heat over the hills! Beautiful riding through orange and olive plantations.
Staying at a cool house in a really pretty area. With a family hosting us.
Campsite by the beach. We were too hungover to enjoy it after meeting Michelle's cousins yesterday.
Beer in the sun!!
Staying in a hostel in Valencia. Love having a bed!! ❤️
Rubbish campsite I picked.
We went to wild camp but found a site for 8€ so it was nicer to stay here.
Back in the tent and it's raining! 😩
Last night at the hotel. Scared to get back on the bike after all the food.
Spending time at the pool.
Staying at a hotel for Michelle's birthday with her mum and step dad.
Another night here.
Camping close to the beach.
Didn't enjoy cycling through Barcelona today! Took hours to not go very far.
another day here being lazy by the pool.
Staying a second night. Took the bus to Barcelona today.
Big change from last night! We have gone to a campsite after trying a few others that were closed. The place has had free wine tasting, really informative and very good wine. The wine we have drank far outweighs the cost of camping.
Staying at a squat. This was a surprise to me and shell as we thought we were going to someone's house from warm showers but turned out to be a squat. Really nice people though and nice food!
Nice campsite that shell got us a discount and 2 free drinks with a tapas.
Wild camping on the hill tonight. Just inside Spain 🇪🇸. It's been warm all day but very windy gusting 50 mph now. After the tent pole broke a few days ago this should test the job I did fixing it.
Cheep campsite by the beach again. Should be the last night in France but that could change depending on the mountains.
Amazing Wild camp spot tonight between a canal that a beaver started to swim around in and a sea lagoon that flamingos flew over head and then landed in.
We were heading to wild camp this evening and found this campsite on the beach. We couldn't resist and spent the afternoon on the beach!
Rode 95 km today and only about 60 in the right direction. Had to get to a campsite to charge phones and shower but they all closed for winter. We had to ride in the wrong direction to find one open
Had to get the tent up quick to avoid the rain. Put it hidden in a field next to a drainage ditch that was a mosquito haven! Also broke the tent pole in the haste. Didn't dare go out to cook with all the mosquitos so ate cold ravioli out the tin.
Really hot today. Got to a cheep campsite but there is a party for 400 people here so it might be a bit loud!
Staying in the city, on a farm with a host who is a vegetable farmer 👨🌾
It was such a nice day we stoped early.
Camping on a fig farm and the farmer gave us free figs.
Lots of big climbs to get here from the sea.
Day looking at very rich people!
Rode down to the coast and then along back into France.
Camping at a really cheep municipal campsite ⛺️
On top of the col de Tenda
Camping halfway up the col de Tende after 72 km and around 600m of climbing. Also last day in Italy (should be).
Stayed at the house for a second day.
A girl of warm showers has given us the keys to her house to stay in while she's away climbing for a few days. Unbelievable generosity!!
First 100km of the trip today. We had to ride further than we wanted because we needed a shower and charge the phones and this was the only campsite.
Wild camping tonight over looking the rice fields.
Being hosted by a really nice Italian family. The Mum and dad don't speak English and they have still had us in.
Final lake in our tour of the Italian lakes.
Not gone far trying to dodge the rain.
Had to ride in the dark to make it to lake como.
Steady campsite this!
Had a day off exploring the city and chilling in the art studio.
Spent the night in an art studio with the artist.
We decided to head north a bit and go to Garda. We have both been here before but it's so nice we thought it would be good.
Camping in the woods. Hard to find wild camping places along this river.
We needed to get jobs done today; cleaning, go the shops and it was sunny so stay on the beach as well.
Weather better today and thanks to shells brilliant sense of direction, she navigated us around 2 cities without phone battery or maps.
Found some really nice woods to camp in.
Short day today, but we both needed showers and this was the cheapest campsite around.
Finally asked a man if we could sleep in his garden. A storm was starting and he let us put up the tent in under a gazebo next to his vineyard. Proper sound bloke and unbelievable house and garden.
Stayed at the same place to avoid being in the storm this morning.
Wild camping by the sea on the bike route.
Stayed another night.
Staying for another day after a big day of bike maintenance and still more to do.
Big climb to get to a cheep campsite today.
Camping by the sea in Slovenia. Just been to see miss Slovenia competition.
Camping in the woods.
First day on the move after a week off. Even though I'm away still I have the holiday blues?
Here for the week.
Camping at Darko and Brankers
The campsite we found Darko at who let us stay on his friends car parking space.
Biggest hill so far!
Crossed the boarder to Slovenia, only the third time I have shown my passport.
Photo didn't do the view justice.
39°c today and the hilly Croatia roads have taken the toil.
Hostel was cheaper than a campsite, so we have a bed for the first time in over a month. 🤗
First day in Croatia and it's really nice and so the people seem to be. A fella let us camp on his the land by his bar.
Last night in Hungary. That's the plan anyway. It has been 38 degrees this week and today it hailed.
Had a short day. 38°c again and we have had 2 nights with no sleep.
Another 35+ day, lucky Hungary has lots of water fountains. Swim in the lake to cool off tonight as well.
The day felt easy after a rest day yesterday. That was only the third day off the bikes completely. It's been 35+ all day so a swim in the river was needed.
Wicked campsite on a lake with a beach. Beach side bars and a pint is 1.50€
Think I have seen too many city's in a short space of time. All citied out!
Second day on the Danube and it's beautiful! Camping in a vineyard tonight.
First day on the Danube.
First night in Austria
Needed lots of supplies from the city so had a short day. Thankfully the rain has stopped. The campsite costs £2.50 for 2 people so the standard is high!
Staying at a Dutch campsite tonight and everyone is really friendly. Not like last night where another happy camper slashed my tyre.
Very hot day and surprisingly hilly!
After a long hot day a pint was amazing! Hard riding to cross the mountains then hilly all the way to the campsite.
The bike routes were not made for touring bikes.
First day in the Republic and the mountains in front are looming large!
The Polish supermarket had a wooden gazebo to drink in outside.
Waiting for dark to put the tent up.
Hard day of punctures and buying the wrong chain!
Short day after a look around Berlin.
Just outside of Berlin after a day of being rejected from campsites.
Ran out of stove fuel so had BBQ
Very very wet!!
First night in Germany for the route to Berlin.
Spent the day waiting on the beach for the late night ferry.
Waiting for it to go dark before putting the tent up.
Night in the woods
Ferry across an most northern point of the tour.
Amazing weather for the last night in Denmark
After 4 days of not showering we have had to pay for a campsite.
Another free hut.
Amazing camping spot by the sea and all free.
Short day. Poor weather. Unbelievably expensive campsite.
Staying with a warm shower in Hamburg.
Windy day and a bit cold. Soon as we got off the bikes it was beautiful and the wind stoped. Attempted to find a pole camping site but it didn't exist so on a nice cheep site.
Long day over a man made road in the sea, very hot by the time we finished!
Really hot weather so we camped here for 2 nights and had a day on the beach.
Made a 68km route 80 km by being lost today.
Joel told us about some free campsites and at one now.
Really nice night staying with friends in holland. Nice 1 Joel.
Didn't get far today with waiting all morning for the rain to stop. Really nice riding along the river for the second part of the day and tomorrow.
Nice weather today, After yesterday getting 5km and then turning back to get out the wind and rain anything would be better today!
First day in Belgium. Been raining all day!
Lovely family to stay with. Made us feel really welcome and also fixed my bike!
New country today. I was expecting trumpets and a fanfare as we entered Luxembourg but it wasn't to be. Not even a sign to say welcome. Looked very different to France only a few miles in.
Really nice campsite to spend the last night of France in.
Lovely days ride today through vineyards and winery's.
Champagne region. Really pretty area and going have a day off tomorrow.
Red hot today. Really nice leaving Paris then turned in to a long hot day!
Ridding under the tower.
Warm showers tonight. With paulin lovely fella.
Second wild camp. Didn't want to but the map took us to a gypsy camp, not a campsite.
First wild camp.
Rode past the cheep campsites and then didn't want to turn back so had to pay a fortune to stay here.
Really cheep campsite tonight. Had to stop a little early as we need to do loads of washing.
Staying on a campsite that's on a football club and the people in the club let us on for free.
Camping in a municipal campsite next to some very loud people.
Sun setting on a lovely day. On a farm that some nice people let us stay on.
Very wet day and the tent is still soaking!
Off the ferry.
|Dates:||1 May 2017 - 22 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||8 months, 3 weeks|