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The Danube - Part 1 - Donaueschingen to Budapest

The Danube Part 1

This year's little bike ride is following another river, the Danube, from it's source in Donaueschingen, Germany, some 750 miles to Budapest. This is the first half of the Danube cycling route - the s...

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The South Coast of France

Perpignan to Port-La-Nouvelle

The 4am alarm clock wasn't pretty, but having driven up to Stansted the night before and stayed at the Radisson Blu, I had little to do other than fall out of bed and into the airport. Despite the Rad...

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The North Cost of France

The North Coast of France – East to West

Roughly six months on from my last bike adventure and I'm getting itchy feet again. At this time of year most people are booking up package holidays in Torrimolenos, I'm planning a couple of weeks wor...

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Pre-Trip Preparations

Cycling Technology For this trip I've invested in some new technology to help me along the way. A constant issue on previous trips was how to keep batteries re-charged on navigation and communication ...

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Dunkirk to Boulogne-Sur-Mere

Today was the first real cycling day of this trip. I thought I was being kind to myself and starting with a nice easy day. That turned out not to be the case. Leaving the hotel in good time after a sl...

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Boulogne-Sur-Mere to Le Treport 

So much for better weather today. The morning began very much as yesterday left off. Cold and windy. After today I'm starting to get the impression that March is not the time of year for cycle touring...

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The Rhine - Source to Sea

Day Zero – Getting to the start line.

So this was something new for me. My previous cycling tours have started in Margate and the only foreign clime was France - easily accessible from the ferry ports at Dover. This time though, having lo...

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Day One – Andermatt to Carrera

Ok, so leaving Andermatt, perhaps I should have listened to either the hotelier who commented "Are you ready for the mountain?" Or Google maps which advised that I put my bike on one of the Alpine tra...

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Day Two – Carrera to Bad Ragaz

Where to begin with this one! A day of two halves really. The morning was good, waking early on the campsite in the hills I knew I had a bit of a climb ahead, but nothing compared to the Oberalppass t...

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Calais to Montpellier

Nimes to Montpellier

This post is somewhat late, but better late than never. Being the last post from this trip, there are quite a few photos to share... The final leg of cycling and penultimate leg of the trip, from Nime...

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Viviers to Nimes

Another gorgeous days riding. If the French could sort out a cricket team and speaking English, I'd move here like a shot. It's a beautiful country. A lot of the morning was cycling through vineyards...

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Tain L’Hermitage to Viviers

This was one of the most beautiful parts of the trip. The riding was a mix of nice hard roads with some very ropey surfaces towards the end. In total the distance worked out to be 47 miles by the time...

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Lyon to Thain l’hermitage

Lyon marks the confluence of the rivers Saone and Rhône. It is a gorgeous city and one I thoroughly intend to return to and explore properly without the time constraints I had on this occasion. On lea...

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Margate to Lands End

Penzance to London. Not on a bike.

Today I am sat on a train. It feels weirdly normal. I am dressed in normal, non cycling clothes (almost miss them) and I am no different to anyone else on the train. Its weird. So the last couple of ...

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Penultimate Penzance

The penultimate post from this little adventure. Tonight I am in Penzance, just 11 miles from Land's End. It feels like I've nearly completed my challenge and indeed I arrived here in good time and ...

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Seaton to Plymouth

As I write, the last of the sunset has just dipped beyond the horizon from a campsite just outside of Plymouth. I've just put away a dinner of soup, bread and local cheese to replenish some of those c...

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Punctures and Pain

This morning finds me in a b&b in Seaton, Devon. I originally intended to camp last night but only arrived with a small amount of daylight left so ducked into here rather than pitch in the dark. T...

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