Journey Posts

New year bicycle wash. We have collected a lot of mud, grit, and salt from the roads over the past few weeks so while we are having a day off today we popped to a garage to give the bikes a good clean.

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New year bicycle wash. We have collected a lot of mud, grit, and salt from the roads over the past few weeks so while we are having a day off today we popped to a garage to give the bikes a good clean.

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We planned a short day today after the last few long days... Though we didn't expect to arrive by midday!  An afternoon to relax!

Today we had a series of tunnels along our route. We had planned 2 alternative routes as we usually do what we can to avoid tunnels, however as we approached them the road was relatively quiet and the weather was good (so other vehicles didn't have misted up windows) and it felt safe so we decided to go for it. This cut out a number of steep hills and probably the reason for our speedy progress!

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We planned a short day today after the last few long days… Though we didn't expect to arrive by midday! An afternoon to relax!

Today we had a series of tunnels along our route. We had planned 2 alternative routes as we usually do what we can to avoid tunnels, however as we approached them the road was relatively quiet and the weather was good (so other vehicles didn't have misted up windows) and it felt safe so we decided to go for it. This cut out a number of steep hills and probably the reason for our speedy progress!

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Last night Lucy was kept awake for much of the night by the cries of a pack of Jackals that were circling the area where we were camping. We have crossed paths with Jackals on a number of nights in Albania, Greece, and Turkey - they seem harmless if left alone but their calls and the sound of them warning off other Jackals isn't particularly sleep inducing!

Thankfully today was a much flatter day than yesterday and again the weather has been almost perfect for us - cool and sunny with a gentle tailwind. We know this good weather will end in a few days - we are really enjoying it while it lasts though.

As we pass through towns and villages we are usually met by people with expressions caught somewhere between curiosity and bemusement.

Tomorrow and the next week or so are quite hilly again, and very steep in places, so we will be aiming to keep our distances lower than we have since leaving Istanbul. -S

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Last night Lucy was kept awake for much of the night by the cries of a pack of Jackals that were circling the area where we were camping. We have crossed paths with Jackals on a number of nights in Albania, Greece, and Turkey – they seem harmless if left alone but their calls and the sound of them warning off other Jackals isn't particularly sleep inducing!

Thankfully today was a much flatter day than yesterday and again the weather has been almost perfect for us – cool and sunny with a gentle tailwind. We know this good weather will end in a few days – we are really enjoying it while it lasts though.

As we pass through towns and villages we are usually met by people with expressions caught somewhere between curiosity and bemusement.

Tomorrow and the next week or so are quite hilly again, and very steep in places, so we will be aiming to keep our distances lower than we have since leaving Istanbul. -S

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And we're off again! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ 

Thanks @stanforthbikes for helping get us back on the road.

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And we're off again! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

Thanks @stanforthbikes for helping get us back on the road.

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What a whirlwind few days! I arrived back in Istanbul on Saturday in a real mix of emotions; glad to be back with Simon, but a little torn about leaving my family for what may be 2 years.  Seeing my sister and neices was incredible and has left me with fresh memories to treasure as Simon and I continue our journey. This morning, we were all packed up and ready to put our waterproofs to good use, with fresh tyres and newly tightened brakes.
However, we will have to wait just a little longer before we can cycle onwards. A small part of Simon's bike has come loose and eventually broke, without us noticing it. We're incredibly grateful to Simon @stanforthbikes who helped us to identify the part, sourced and has sent it out to us so that we can get back on the bikes as soon as possible.
For now, I can look forward to joining Simon for an Irish session with the lovely group of musicians he's met here in Istanbul and we can send home a few things in a bid to further lighten our loads.
-L

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What a whirlwind few days! I arrived back in Istanbul on Saturday in a real mix of emotions; glad to be back with Simon, but a little torn about leaving my family for what may be 2 years. Seeing my sister and neices was incredible and has left me with fresh memories to treasure as Simon and I continue our journey. This morning, we were all packed up and ready to put our waterproofs to good use, with fresh tyres and newly tightened brakes.
However, we will have to wait just a little longer before we can cycle onwards. A small part of Simon's bike has come loose and eventually broke, without us noticing it. We're incredibly grateful to Simon @stanforthbikes who helped us to identify the part, sourced and has sent it out to us so that we can get back on the bikes as soon as possible.
For now, I can look forward to joining Simon for an Irish session with the lovely group of musicians he's met here in Istanbul and we can send home a few things in a bid to further lighten our loads.
-L

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We have reached Asia.

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We have reached Asia.

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Yesterday we spent the afternoon walking around Athens' Acropolis, imagining what the space was like 2500 years ago at its golden age. -L
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Yesterday we spent the afternoon walking around Athens' Acropolis, imagining what the space was like 2500 years ago at its golden age. -L
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This morning we woke up on a beach and this afternoon we arrived in Athens after a couple of short ferry crossings, some quiet coastal roads, and lots of very busy city roads. We are looking forward to exploring on foot for a few days before deciding which direction we will head in next. -S

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This morning we woke up on a beach and this afternoon we arrived in Athens after a couple of short ferry crossings, some quiet coastal roads, and lots of very busy city roads. We are looking forward to exploring on foot for a few days before deciding which direction we will head in next. -S

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Good morning!

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Good morning!

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We have just stopped for our morning Byreke and a random man in the road insisted on buying them for us. We have experienced so many gifts such as this in Albania and Montenegro, the people here are so welcoming and kind.

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We have just stopped for our morning Byreke and a random man in the road insisted on buying them for us. We have experienced so many gifts such as this in Albania and Montenegro, the people here are so welcoming and kind.

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We cycled to Albania! We're having a day off the bikes at a campsite in Shkoder tomorrow to do some bike maintenance after the big hills of the past couple of weeks. We also have a pile of dirty washing to sort out, and legs that need some rest. We've made the decision that we'll carry on roughly following the Eurovelo 8 until we reach Athens instead of cutting in East to Bulgaria. Looking forward to seeing what Albania has to show us. (S)

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

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We cycled to Albania! We're having a day off the bikes at a campsite in Shkoder tomorrow to do some bike maintenance after the big hills of the past couple of weeks. We also have a pile of dirty washing to sort out, and legs that need some rest. We've made the decision that we'll carry on roughly following the Eurovelo 8 until we reach Athens instead of cutting in East to Bulgaria. Looking forward to seeing what Albania has to show us. (S)

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

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Another stamp in our passports ๐Ÿ™‚ We spent the last few days sheltering in Dubrovnik trying to plan our rough route for the next month or two and binge watching the inspirational adventures of @hels.on.wheels and @mredpratt - we still aren't sure which route we'll take to reach the Black Sea but we arrived in Montenegro this afternoon and will keep heading down the coast for now. (S) ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช

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Another stamp in our passports ๐Ÿ™‚ We spent the last few days sheltering in Dubrovnik trying to plan our rough route for the next month or two and binge watching the inspirational adventures of @hels.on.wheels and @mredpratt – we still aren't sure which route we'll take to reach the Black Sea but we arrived in Montenegro this afternoon and will keep heading down the coast for now. (S) ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช

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There's a storm headed this way and it is due within the next day so we got up at dawn this morning and headed off as the sun was rising to make the most of the last of the good weather. (S)

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There's a storm headed this way and it is due within the next day so we got up at dawn this morning and headed off as the sun was rising to make the most of the last of the good weather. (S)

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Some signs are better than others at deterring wild-camping... This one is pretty effective with us! Luckily we already had a campsite booked for last night and tonight.

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Some signs are better than others at deterring wild-camping… This one is pretty effective with us! Luckily we already had a campsite booked for last night and tonight.

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Nemo (and me) enjoyed another swim this afternoon. (S)

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Nemo (and me) enjoyed another swim this afternoon. (S)

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Good morning from Croatia! (S)

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Good morning from Croatia! (S)

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We have arrived at the Adriatic Sea! One more day of cycling before we catch the ferry to Croatia for the next leg of our journey. (S)

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We have arrived at the Adriatic Sea! One more day of cycling before we catch the ferry to Croatia for the next leg of our journey. (S)

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Last night's wildcamp... The net may have stopped the mosquitoes but it didn't stop the other creepy crawlies.
This meant we didn't get much sleep but had a lovely view of the bright moon.

(L)

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Last night's wildcamp… The net may have stopped the mosquitoes but it didn't stop the other creepy crawlies.
This meant we didn't get much sleep but had a lovely view of the bright moon.

(L)

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On our journey we have seen so much amazing artwork in cool places, we thought we'd share this one we've just cycled past near Composanto in Italy.

For the next few days we are cycling through a vast area of agricultural land with few wild spaces for camping. We pedalled into the night last night in search of a spot but had to resort to a B&B, which means we are well rested this morning! We are hoping for somewhere to put the tent just beyond Bologna this evening. (S)

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On our journey we have seen so much amazing artwork in cool places, we thought we'd share this one we've just cycled past near Composanto in Italy.

For the next few days we are cycling through a vast area of agricultural land with few wild spaces for camping. We pedalled into the night last night in search of a spot but had to resort to a B&B, which means we are well rested this morning! We are hoping for somewhere to put the tent just beyond Bologna this evening. (S)

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We've been on the road for a month and a day, we've pedalled more than 1800km and have 5 flags on our flagpole so far.  Over the past week we crossed from Germany to Austria and on to Italy - a stunning route over the mountains with lots of steep climbs and descents.  We arrived at lake Garda today where we plan to take a couple of rest days. When this thunder storm eases off we might even go out for some authentic Italian food instead of lighting our stove... If we have any clean clothes! (S)

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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We've been on the road for a month and a day, we've pedalled more than 1800km and have 5 flags on our flagpole so far. Over the past week we crossed from Germany to Austria and on to Italy – a stunning route over the mountains with lots of steep climbs and descents. We arrived at lake Garda today where we plan to take a couple of rest days. When this thunder storm eases off we might even go out for some authentic Italian food instead of lighting our stove… If we have any clean clothes! (S)

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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This is our reward for the tough hills yesterday; beautiful downhill views in the Italian Alps. 

(L)

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This is our reward for the tough hills yesterday; beautiful downhill views in the Italian Alps.

(L)

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Today had lots of โ€œestsโ€ - hilliest, slowest, wettest, steepest, coldest, and highest of the trip so far - but we made it Italy quicker than we thought we would so I havenโ€™t had the chance to sew the next flag on to the flagpole yet!  Weโ€™ve found shelter in a bicycle tunnel for the night and look forward to a drier day tomorrow. 

(S)

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Today had lots of โ€œestsโ€ – hilliest, slowest, wettest, steepest, coldest, and highest of the trip so far – but we made it Italy quicker than we thought we would so I havenโ€™t had the chance to sew the next flag on to the flagpole yet! Weโ€™ve found shelter in a bicycle tunnel for the night and look forward to a drier day tomorrow.

(S)

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After an amazing storm last night we had a beautiful scenic end to this first leg of our adventure. We are now staying with family in Rosenheim for a few days of rest and catching up. From here we say goodbye to Greg who will turn around and pedal back towards Guernsey.  In a few days we (Lucy & Simon) head to the mountains that can be seen on the horizon of this photo as we make our way over the Alps of Austria and through Italy to Ancona.

(S)

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After an amazing storm last night we had a beautiful scenic end to this first leg of our adventure. We are now staying with family in Rosenheim for a few days of rest and catching up. From here we say goodbye to Greg who will turn around and pedal back towards Guernsey. In a few days we (Lucy & Simon) head to the mountains that can be seen on the horizon of this photo as we make our way over the Alps of Austria and through Italy to Ancona.

(S)

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Packing up our wild-camp before a busy cycle today with the plan to arrive in Munich this afternoon then on to Wasserburg am Inn followed by Rosenheim. Thunder is forecast for the coming few days so we are looking forward to being in campsites for the next couple of nights. 

(S)

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Packing up our wild-camp before a busy cycle today with the plan to arrive in Munich this afternoon then on to Wasserburg am Inn followed by Rosenheim. Thunder is forecast for the coming few days so we are looking forward to being in campsites for the next couple of nights.

(S)

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Greg found a peaceful clearing next to the forest for tonight's camp but then... the mosquitos descended. After lots of layering up and a little flapping about, we remembered our mosquito nets! 

Great protection for a bite-free dinner.

(L)

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Greg found a peaceful clearing next to the forest for tonight's camp but then… the mosquitos descended. After lots of layering up and a little flapping about, we remembered our mosquito nets!

Great protection for a bite-free dinner.

(L)

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After cycling up-hill for the entire day today (thankfully not as steep as yesterday) it was nice to find this beautiful spot to cook dinner... And a bonus that a nearby farmer has let us pitch our tents on his land. We have another steep hill day tomorrow. (S)

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After cycling up-hill for the entire day today (thankfully not as steep as yesterday) it was nice to find this beautiful spot to cook dinner… And a bonus that a nearby farmer has let us pitch our tents on his land. We have another steep hill day tomorrow. (S)

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