May 15, 2016 Ceri 2Comment

Cycling on the Continent is a travel blog following a young explorer on his travels around Europe. A blog with information, tips, pictures and inspiration. Please comment or contact me to share stories and advice.

May 15, 2016 Ceri 3Comment

My trip starts in about a week,  so planning is fully underway! I find the best way to plan a cycling tour is to plan an outline route, with highlights including large cities, places of interest and countries that the tour will go through. This means that any regional map can be bought before you start. However, anymore planning like the actual route, including accommodation and roads that will be used can be made day to day when on the trip. This enables you to change your plan and detour to other locations and interesting points that you hear about….

July 24, 2016 Ceri 3Comment

Day 45 Thursday 7th July 2016 2016 tour of Europe status: COMPLETED! “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs It has been a few weeks since finishing my cycling tour of Europe, and realised I never finished…

July 11, 2016 Ceri

Day 44 Wednesday 6th July 2016 Rest day “A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” ~Scott Stoll Ah, a rest day! I have reached Spain, I’ve cycled 4000km and it’s time for a rest before I head back home! I stayed in a Ibis Budget hotel, just 2km out of Girona town center. My first stop was to visit Girona’s Cycle Center to find a bike box for the return journey. It was a cycle shop mainly for tours around the area but they had spare box suitable for my bike. Girona is popular for…

July 10, 2016 Ceri 4Comment

Day 43 Tuesday 5th July 2016 87km (4021km in total) “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye Last night was my final night sleeping in my tent. Today I would hopefully reach Girona where I would fly back from in a few days. I felt a bit sad having my final sleep in the tent as it had done so well. Even though it was very small, it was light, waterproof and practical. I look forward to spending more nights in it in another adventure! Today I was heading over the pyrenees to Spain.  I…

July 8, 2016 Ceri

Day 42 Monday 4th July 2016 99km (3934km in total) “Adventure is worthwhile” – Aristotle Lovely view with train streaking across the landscapeThere was something about this campsite that didn’t want me to leave! Firstly I realised that my rear wheel had puncture and had slowly deflated overnight. So after a quick inner tube change, removal of the thorn, it was ready to go.  As I attached all my panniers to the bike, another camper came up asking if I had lost my battery charger. I replied I hadn’t lost it, merely left it in the…

July 7, 2016 Ceri 2Comment

Day 41 Sunday 3rd July 2016 104km (3835km in total) “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard It seems that the further south I go, the people in the campsites wake up later. When I was in Germany and Scandinavia, the campsite’s would often feel fully awake by 8 or 9am. Now, when I leave at 8pm it seems I’m the only person up! There was a student couple in a camper van I met at the campsite, from Austria. After telling them I’d spent over a month getting from Norway to France, I felt a little…

July 5, 2016 Ceri 1Comment

Day 40 Saturday 2nd July 2016 99km (3731km in total) “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag I’m still riding with a broken and couple of lose spokes, though it does seem to be holding up! It has a small wobble, but nothing too noticeable. I’ve decided if possible to wait until I get back to the UK to buy a new wheel. Here, all the bike shops I’ve been to so far only have city or road racing wheels. I had bought the wheel new specially for this trip from a small local bike…

July 4, 2016 Ceri

Day 39 Friday 1st July 2016 118km (3632km in total) “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson I love it when other foreign travellers think their the only people who speak their language. There were some British lads on tour, obviously just been so see the football in Nice. I heard one of them commenting as I walked past “I bet everyone’s laughing…

July 3, 2016 Ceri

Day 38 Thursday 30th June 2016 108km (3514km in total) “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller Some campsites have everything I need, others have little, but the price doesn’t always correspond! This campsite have everything I’m pleased to say! Free WiFi,  free showers and a place to charge up my electricals.  When you have to pay extra for those I sometimes begin to dislike the campsite! One difference between Italy and France compared to the rest of Europe I’ve traveled through…

July 3, 2016 Ceri

Day 37 Wednesday 29th June 2016 123km (3406km in total) “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton For some odd reason, I can only seem to find vanilla black tea in Europe. I first tried it a few years ago on a cycling holiday in France. I love the taste of it, a nice change from normal black tea. Even though its made by Twinnings, of LONDON, I have never found it in the UK. Jean and Magali luckily had one teabag spare, so that and the traditional continental…

July 1, 2016 Ceri 3Comment

Day 36 Tuesday 28th June 2016 98km (3283km in total) “The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” – John Howard My new cycling buddie and fellow traveller Hamadi and I had planed to leave early to avoid the heat of the open coast. However, after starting the day with an Italian espresso and waiting to pay for the campsite, it was well after 9am when we set off. Hamadi had told me he averaged 20-30km/h on his rides so I was expecting it to be a little faster than my usual speed. Up the first few climbs…