We have reached Bordeaux now and have been enjoying a couple of days ‘à pied’ rather than ‘en vélo’. Our bodies have been complaining a bit given that we have done 7 days cycling without a rest day. My knees are a bit grumbly and the Husbands back is still giving him problems … he’s […]

The Loire à Vélo was absolutely beautiful with gorgeous scenery and a fabulous chateaux round every corner. The weather was mostly crap but apart from that it was amazing. When we got to Nantes we again had the ‘left or right’ to make. We chose ‘straight on then right’ so made our own cycle route […]

This post has been prompted by Barbara who left a comment asking how the Bromptons were performing … The Bromptons are fabulous little machines and have done everything we had hoped … and more. They fold brilliantly so we never have any problem getting them into airbnb accommodation and they fit very tidily inside our […]

I have just created a map to show our progress on the Trip and I will be adding to this over time. I have also put a ‘Route … so far’ button at the top of the website so you can pop back and see where we are at any time 🙂

I’m writing this overlooking a French allotment (for those in NZ, this is a patch of ground rented by a person to grow vegetables. The allotment is clustered with other allotments in a sort of community garden situation, but the produce of each allotment belongs to the renter of that allotment … although produce is […]

Unfortunately, the weather has not yet cleared up and has in fact got colder and windier … although the thunderstorms have abated, which is a blessing at any rate! Due to these rather unpleasant conditions, and the consequent onset of serious marital disharmony that threatened the entire ‘gap year’ mission, we have temporarily aborted the […]

I’ve been taking lots of video footage but unfortunately by the time we have finished the day, I am absolutely stuffed and unable to do the video editing required to cut out all the boring and naff bits … who knew taking a year off would be so busy and exhausting! So … I decided […]

We have finished the ‘getting to Europe’ part of the Trip and are currently catching-up with family and friends. Consequently, we have been spending a large amount of time talking and eating with little time left over for writing on this website … so here’s a brief update. The big news is that we have […]

Vancouver is very cyclopolitan … and we loved it!

Great accommodation and excellent bike shop!