June 25, 2016 Ceri

Day 31 Thursday 23rd June 2016 147km (2930km in total) Andrea had to go out to work during the night so I was left alone in his house. The Warmshowers hosts are always so generous and trusting. It does sometimes feel a little unreal when someone you’ve only just met let’s you sleep in their house alone! This is Warmshowers for you! Most hosts have been travelling as well and been hosted by others so know what it’s like.

Photo shoot by the pool!
Warmshowers allows you to get to know locals and the culture slightly…

June 25, 2016 Ceri 1Comment

Day 30 Wednesday 22nd 2016 112km (km in total) “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Views in the sun
In the UK, ‘bedtime’ is often seen to be around 11pm, and most outdoor gigs and music events finish then. Last night, on one side of my tent I had music blearing out and on the other I had a busy main road! I was also very hot. After being in the sun during the day, I seem to radiate out heat during the night. Still, I was keen to get up at…

June 23, 2016 Ceri 3Comment

Day 29 Tuesday 21st June 2016 101km (2671km in total) “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

I love this region!
I love the Dutch, they all seem to speak great english! The couple next to me (who were dutch) were very interested in my tour of Europe and gave lots of “respect”! ….They had been traveling in their caravan for a few weeks in Italy, and it was good to hear it wasn’t just Germany and Austria that were having the bad weather and rain….

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…