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20. Jul, 2013

Cycling London to Paris: the French part

Cycling London to Paris: the French part

Early the next morning, we rolled off the ferry into a grey,cold drizzle that masked the industrial toughness of Le Havre. It was hard to motivate ourselves to get moving after a breakfast of croissants and pain au chocolat in town, where our confident French practice from the previous day was found out quickly by the perplexed locals.

Having forced ourselves to get into the saddle, we picked up a local cycle route to escape this industrial maze of a city, but still managed to get lost in a car park on the edge of town. We were soon joined by an-equally lost Josh, a cyclist from the ferry who was heading off on his first bicycle trip: to Barcelona. His route wasn’t planned, so he decided to join us for the day as he figured we were going broadly in the right direction for him. (more…)

18. Jul, 2013

Cycling London to Paris: the English part

Cycling London to Paris: the English part

London to Paris, everybody does it differently. Some people jump on their road bikes and race it in 24 hours, for others it is the challenge of a lifetime and they raise thousands for charity as they take several days to make their way south. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but if you’re a cyclist, you must at some point.

We’d had it on our wish list for years, but at last we had a date and, excitedly, company having persuaded our friends Tom and Katie to come along over an extended May bank-holiday weekend. Our plan was to take a relatively leisurely pace following the Avenue Verte, a signposted route between the two capitals, via a ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe. (more…)

16. Jan, 2013

Back in London, but not on our bikes

Back in London, but not on our bikes

We’ve been back in London for a while now, but our bikes have made less of an appearance around town. Before we left for South America, we both commuted to work and used our bikes for generally getting around, but since we returned we’ve been pedalling less and less. Why? (more…)

16. Sep, 2012

Back on the bikes – a day trip along the Thames Cycle Path

Back on the bikes – a day trip along the Thames Cycle Path

London, Peckham – Greenwich – Dartford, 35 miles

After six weeks back in the UK, catching up with friends and family over countless meals we were keen to get back on the bikes for a bit of exercise. Having returned to work though, our time was limited, so we chose a local ride along the Thames Cycle Path and were pleased to discover a quiet route with plenty of interesting sights on route.

From our house in Peckham, south-east London, it was a short ride to the old, market town of Greenwich. We didn’t stop to explore the food stalls, but picked up the National Cycle Route 1 next to the impressively restored Cutty Stark. The only surviving tea clipper, when we left London in 2011 she was a burnt out shell after a fire, but now stands tall and proud again having been reopened earlier in 2012. (more…)

30. Nov, 2010

Winter cycling – Welwyn to London

Winter cycling – Welwyn to London

Welwyn Garden City – London, November 2010, 45 miles

Sunday was a great day for being out on the bikes, clear blue skies and crispy cold. Wrapped up warm, we took the train to Welwyn Garden City and cycled back along national cycle routes 61 and 1. A gentle 45 miles.

I’m always surprised how green it is so close to London. We cycled along frosty country trails and railway lines and bounced over cobbles in Hertford and Ware. (more…)