June 21, 2016 Ceri 4Comment

Day 28 Monday 20th June 2016 126km (2570km in total) “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road (or dangerous drivers in my case!) and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

The last time I'll see the alps for a while
Just 40km in from the border of Italy, and the weather is picking up already! Yesterday it was rainy and bearly short weather and today it is full sun and back to 26°c! Crossing through Germany and Austria for the last two weeks have mostly been cloudy and rain, so I had forgotten all about…

June 20, 2016 Ceri 5Comment

Day 27 19th Sunday June 2016 112km  (2444km in total) “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” Rudyard Kipling Even though I had the afternoon resting yesterday, my legs still seemed to be aching. This is the one of the first times my legs have been feeling properly heavy. Up to now, it’s always just been general tiredness, maybe all the miles are having their effect. Luckily today, even though I had planed a fairly long ride, was almost all downhill. The elevation profile looked great, a gentle slope, down all the way into Italy….

June 20, 2016 Ceri 3Comment

Day 26 18th Saturday June 2016 63km (2332km in total) “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” Freya Stark Sleeping in the room above the reception was comfortable yet a little strange. My head was right next to some big fluffy animals watching over me. When I emerged, going down to wash, I bumped into the lady who was running the campsite and had done for the last 40 years. She had the look on her face as if to say “what are you doing in my loft?” The sun was…

June 19, 2016 Ceri 1Comment

Day 25 Friday 17th June 2016 90km (2269km in total) “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” Chief Seattle I had asked the receptionist whether the rain hangs around in the mountains for long. I was pleased when she replied that no, normally just short showers. However today as I was stocking up for the day in the mountains, I had my first hail storm in weeks. With my hands stinging from the hail, I wondered what the weather was like on top of the mountains! Sheltering under some trees by a church, I ate my muesli breakfast, hoping it would…

June 19, 2016 Ceri 3Comment

Day 24 Thursday 16th June 2016 85 km (2179km in total) “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”  Gustave Flaubert The resting was unfortunately over and it was time to start cycling again. It was slightly strange to be leaving, I felt I could have had another rest day! Before I left I decieded to lose some weight as the alps were fast approaching. I was still carrying all of the maps right from Norway and had way too many clothes. I sent two t-shirt, a jumper, a pair of bib shorts…

June 18, 2016 Ceri 1Comment

Day 23 Wednesday 15th June 2016 – Salzburg rest day 0.1km (2094km in total) “After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see the other fellows working”. Kenneth Grahame Waking up at 9am was a well needed lie in (even though I had one yesturday as well!) and perfect way to start my rest day. The main goal today would be to get my bike ready for the alps. I didn’t want any problems with tyres, spokes or anything else half way up a mountain. I didn’t know what…

June 16, 2016 Ceri 4Comment

Day 22 Tuesday 14th June 2016 – Hirten to Hallein 79km (2094km in total)

Todays route
Knowing I’d still be tired after yesturdays excursions, I decided to have a lie in. It was very kind of Markus, especially as he left fow work at 7.30. He told me to lock the door behind me and it would all be good. A very trusting host! But then, it wasn’t like I could strap a TV to my bike!
New addition to the bike!
As I looked on the map, the route to…

June 15, 2016 Ceri 2Comment

Day 21 Monday 13th June 2016 – Regensburg to Hirten 161 km (2015km in total)

Basic route, can't show full route as Jilly's battery died halfway!
WOW! What a day, I never thought I’d manage to do this! Last night when I was plotting the route for today, I couldn’t find any accomodation around the halfway mark between Regensburg and Salzburg. There were hardly any campsites and I decided against the nudist campsite 30km away! I had contacted Elizabeth, a host on Warmshowers but they were 150km away. However, once I was woken up just…

June 12, 2016 Ceri 1Comment

Day 20 Sunday 12th June 2016 – Berg to Regensburg 50 miles (1152 miles in total)

Todays route
See full route here I had been warned that today would be a rather dull and wet day, but waking up with the sun shining on my tent seemed to indicate otherwise. A friendly German couple, also camping, offered some morning tea. Having brought no tea bags with me, I greatly took up this offer, spending the next 20 minutes discussing tea habits and the implications of Brexit. Good to hear what neighbouring countries from the continent…