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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. Dec, 2010

Touring the red light districts of Europe

Touring the red light districts of Europe

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Hamburg, Germany – Esbjerg, Denmark, June 2010, 600 miles

Almost a year to the day after arriving back into London having had our first taste of cycling on the continent, we were heading back across the North Sea to continue along the world’s longest signposted cycle route.

This time we would head north-eastwards through the Netherlands, Germany and into Denmark – double the distance and duration than in 2009.  We hadn’t been able to get any girls along again, but Laura wasn’t going to miss out, so prepared herself for a week’s worth of ‘boy humour’ along with visits to two of Europe’s most famous red light districts. (more…)

01. Dec, 2010

Me, four blokes and my bike

Me, four blokes and my bike

London, UK – Calais, Fr – Bruges, Be – Rotterdam, Nl – London, UK, June 2009, 370 miles

“We’ll get a big group together and cycle to Holland. It’s flat on the continent and easy riding. It’ll be loads of fun. We’ll stop lots for food and beer, and we’ll have a rest day in Bruges. Go on, you’ll love it.”

That’s how I got sucked into bike touring. The way Paddy sold it sounded like fun. We’d spend a week of our 2009 summer holidays with friends ambling along the European coast of the North Sea. Sure the days would be long – 60 to 80 miles, but I had plenty of time to train and anyway, it’s flat on the continent. I was in. (more…)