It’s getting a bit cold and rainy… time to go home

Sunday 13th September Miles: 58 We were now on the home strait – in just a few day’s time we would be reaching Eric’s parent’s house, where there was blissful promise of real beds and home cooking. We just had to cross the Pays des Calais, which according to Eric was ‘basically flat’. By mid-morning…

Cycling up the Rhine, or somewhere thereabouts…

Saturday 22nd August Miles: 44 We had decided that a laid back day of cycling was in order, so set off at the leisurely time of 9.45. We followed the Rhine on the French side and spent the day cycling through little French villages and cycle paths surrounded by fields and forests. We followed these…

Strasbourg, and “Steve must leave”

Thursday 20th August Rest day Today was Steve’s last full day with us. I was glad that it would be a rest day, not a mammoth cycling day. We crossed the Rhine and were back in dear old France. We walked into Strasbourg, working up an appetite. The first stop was at a boulangerie for…

The Alps part 2: good things come to those who pedal

Sunday 31st May Miles: 36 Our campsite was at an altitude of just over 1000 metres. Our location, Gap, was at about 750 metres. We thought that this morning’s cycle would be not too bad, and mostly downhill.  After this many days in the Alps, how could we still be so naive?  The day began…

The Alps part 1: are we nearly there yet?

Wednesday 27th May Miles: 0 Today was our designated departure day, but unfortunately Eric was still feeling green around the gills, so we opted for staying in Grenoble for another day.  This was so frustrating for both of us, because we had already waited almost a week for the weather to clear. By delaying for…

Killing time in Grenoble

Wednesday 20th May Miles: 0 Finally, a rest day! (The first of three, in fact.)  It was chilly today, something like 13 degrees! I was back to wearing three layers again.  We made the short walk into Grenoble, and spent the day taking a look around.  It’s quite a normal sort of town, it seems…

The journey from Carcassonne to Grenoble

Saturday 9th May We were up early to catch the train from Barcelona back to Carcassonne at 9.25, where our bike was waiting for us. The train journey was uneventful apart from a very panicked couple of minutes where I looked at my ticket and saw the time 09.05… “We need to run!” I said…