August 7, 2017 Ceri

French tour, day 2 – 64km Packing up tents and eating breakfast always seems to take longer than originally planned, but we were away before 8.30. Fuelled by some rice cakes and crusty one day French bread, we were soon flying along down into a small village. Here we bought some newly made baguettes and carried on. Our morning optimism was soon gone, when the first hills came into sight. Although nothing big, it was rolling terrain for the next 15km.  As we were cycling on the La Velo Francette cycle path, we were often overtaking and being overtaken other…

August 6, 2017 Ceri 1Comment

French tour 2017 – day 1, 72km Today I was woken up at 5.45, slowly, by a harp being played through the ferry speakers. Even though we only had small beds in the cabin, we all managed to get a good nights sleep. Although when we left Portsmouth the water looked very rough, once out at sea it was all very smooth, with a perfect lull to send us to sleep. As we were getting closer to land and went down to the hold and started putting our large panniers on the bikes. There were actually a fair few other…

August 5, 2017 Ceri 1Comment

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 – 1 km! This summer for my yearly tour, I’m cycling down France with some of my family! Less miles and shorter days than last year’s touring but hopefully just as fun!  On UK trains the bike spaces are always small and normally limited to just 2 bikes. As there are 4 of us going, we had to go on 2 separate train journeys, all planned out 3 months ago by my mum!  The train was as pleasant as any train journey is, apart from the squashed bikes, especially in Bristol Temple Meads, where there were…

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…