This is the last ‘Etape’ for France as we headed up into Belgium after this. In this video we are going along the Canal de Garonne and into the Ardennes region …

I am writing this in Strasbourg while watching ‘mon mari’ doing some maintenance on his Brompton in the garden behind our Airbnb apartment … in just his underpants. The ‘what to wear’ question for various activities can be challenging because we only have a limited wardrobe. When the ‘what can I wear to get covered […]

I’ve just uploaded the latest video to YouTube. In this episode, we ‘do’ the coast and discover some fab cyclopolitanate bits and pieces.

After Toulouse, we took the train north and headed for the Ardennes with Belgium and the Netherlands to follow. Once we hit Paris again the temperature plummeted and we were once again battling rain and wind with intermittent very hot days of 30 degrees plus. I have been staggered how changeable the weather is from […]

We have reached Toulouse, and the end of this particular ‘Trip’ chapter … I think I’ll call it Southern France (Take one). In a couple of days we are taking the train back to Paris and then we head north to sample the delights of Germany, the Netherlands etc. We are not really sure about […]

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 […]

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 […]

A friend alerted me to this video the other day. It is about some people touring in the Netherlands at Easter, and interestingly one of them has the same Brompton/Radical trailer set up we are intending to use. The accompanying post also mentions the freezing weather with days hovering around 0C and the nights at -5C. It’s […]