I have learnt many thing on my course this week. For instance, I now know that using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) ‘bicycle’ is spelt like this: /ˈbaɪsɪkəl/ That’s so cool! It looks a bit Russian to me. /oʊld grin ˈbaɪsɪkəl/ Any ideas what these means? (The picture should give you a clue)

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 […]

This week circumstances have encouraged me to turn my attention to cerebral preparation for the trip. I am now officially ‘unemployed’. Having made the symbolic and real move of resigning from my permanent employment back in July last year when the Trip idea crystallised into a plan, I was then fortunate to have steady contract […]

Part of preparing for the trip is the minimalisation of our belongings. If asked, I would have said that we didn’t have much stuff as we did a lot of downsizing 4 years ago when we left the large family home and garden and moved into the apartment. All garden equipment, outside paraphernalia and a […]

Last weekend we went to Waiheke Island for the long weekend. We went over on our bicycles and stayed in lovely accommodation in Enclosure Bay. The ‘mission’ we had planned was to test out electric bicycles, as neither of us had ever been on one, and compare the experience with the common or garden variety. […]

I’ve been pretty busy writing my CV and applying for jobs this week so have not had much time for thinking about the trip but, in response to the findings from the Clevedon trip, I have researched and bought a new pair of sandals. This has thrown my footwear plan into a bit of a […]

Bivouac has a pretty descent sale on at the moment so we’ve pushed the big red ‘buy now’ button on two sleeping bags, sleeping mats and travel pillows. The technology has come a long way since the 90s and we’ve been blown away by the increase in comfort available. We’ve purchased sleeping mats that are […]

I’ve been giving some thought to a replacement backpack for the Trip. As you will remember, the old BC (before children) backpack had to be ‘retired’ due to irreparable wear and tear. I have done a bit of research and looked around a fair bit, and kept coming to the same conclusion with each potential […]

I received the following email from Mair of Sheffield Cycle Chic and it was so helpful and informative, that I thought I would put the whole thing up as a post for everyone else’s information (the text in the boxes below is from my original post). I’ve spent the last year stealing my other half’s Brompton and covered several hundred […]

This week I bought some maps. It was quite hard to choose as there were so many permutations but in the end I decided to go with an overview of Europe map at 1cm = 30km (1:3,000,000) and two slightly finer grained maps at 1cm = 8km (1:800,000) covering Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. […]