Us off on our first ever fully loaded practice ride.
I’m a bit addicted to scribbling in notebooks, many writers are. Shame I’m not quite so addicted to somehow ordering the contents in any useful way. Some books are easy to identify, certain trips are contained within a cover I am familiar with. Other numerous (almost) identical note books could contain a mixture of things [...]
We kicked off our bike ride charity fund-raising, with a fabulous fancy dressed Nordic Walk with a difference. A food fest along the Delicious Dart Trail.
It’s well known and proven that even regular walking is good for you, the fresh air, being in nature, walking in groups, just the act of movement, the freedom and often tranquillity. What could possibly make Nordic Walking more beneficial than that? And as I’m often asked “what exactly is this Nordic Walking”? STARTING WITH [...]
If you are planning to head off on a long-term bike tour, you will most likely be buying and cooking your own food along the way. After all - If you had the budget for a gourmet restaurant every evening, the chances are that you are planning to either credit card tour, with few belongings [...]
This week we swapped our more usual smoky bonfire or log burner surroundings with a half day trip up to the Big Smoke, London. It's all certainly changed since we were living in the vicinity and I'm pleased to say mostly for the better. We started with a train trip into City Thames Link and then took a great walk [...]
Another great sunset from the gate.
Our kids had already selfishly grown up, left home and as a consequence there always seemed less excitement to be involved in at home. Then in 2014 our final link to any semblance of a bustling family life disintegrated when our gorgeous Labrador dog Ember unexpectedly died. This got us thinking, with such a big [...]
Centuries ago celebrating Christmas in England was banned (nice one Oliver Cromwell!) and as a consequence Christmas Markets selling festive food and drink instantly died out. Fast forward 400 years or so and living and working in Europe meant that my family were lucky to experience the joys of Christmas Markets in France, Germany and [...]
There was SO much to do! We were leaving in less than 4 months on the biggest challenge that either of us had ever attempted. To say we were green, must rate as the under exaggeration of the century. We started reading in earnest and picking up as many cycle touring hints and tips as [...]