Year: 2015

England: Pork Pies and Sheep Racing

Without even looking for them we would regularly come upon cycling route signs while bike touring in England.  From converted rail tracks, to quiet back roads to river paths we would favour these routes instead road cycling and competing with trucks and buses.  The UK’s National Cycle Network stretches over 14,000 miles across the length and breath of the UK and is based on the theory that if a cycle route is well-built, it becomes well used.  We can definitely vouch that most of the tracks we came across were spectacular!

Aughton: Eating, Eating and Drinking!

After eight nights of continuous travelling, camping and Warmshowers,  mostly in the rain, we were only one day’s ride from a long break with friends in Aughton.  We set off in good weather taking some detours to sightsee.  The sky looks deceiving sunny in this picture.  It was sunny for about half an hour with rain settling in for the rest of the day and continuing for the next week.

England: The Old School Charm of Oxford

We swung into Oxford where our next Warmshowers host, Stanley, was waiting on the steps of his place.  Stan had so kindly offered his sitting room for us to bunk down.  The house was a student rental with four levels, one level just of bathrooms, and kitchen cupboards stacked with a mish-mash of jilted pots, plates and mugs left behind from bygone students.  

England: Arriving in Luton

Our EasyJet from Rome flew in at 1am to Luton Airport, and despite the early hour we were psyched to begin our next leg on the trip, our loop around England.  We had organised a Warmshowers stay with Sam and Anna, but we weren’t meeting up with them until 10am.  This gave us a good amount of time to build the bikes, grab breakfast and check out the centre of Luton before arriving at their place.

Bike Touring: Staying Organised

Bike touring may be one of the lightest ways to travel but it is still easy to misplace items. Especially when there are two people setting and breaking camp virtually every day, or needing items immediately like raingear in a storm, electrical chargers for a coffee shop stop, bike tools for punctures or even first aid. We all know no one packs the same as each other!

Bike Touring in Croatia: Cycling from Zagreb to Dubrovnik

Cycling in Croatia is hugging the white line with no shoulder, sweat dripping down your nose, climbing hills and getting cramps in your fingers from grabbing the breaks.  It also has an incredible landscape, rocky and mountainous, with tiny bays, fishing villages, and gorgeous beaches one after the other filled with restaurants serving freshly grilled seafood.