The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

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Three of the Best in Portugal

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Things are looking up. We have had the best three days of cycling here on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal. Sunday was meant to be another wet and windy day, yet we left Carvahal in hazy sunshine. It did darken and rain and wind came a plenty, but it’s not cold, so we battled on.… Read More

More Cycling Crete

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With our couple of trips around Kissamos under our belts, and a few rest days, we were more than ready to get fully loaded and on our way. Day one, so to speak, was a mere 22km to Spilia in bright sunshine. Plenty of climbs, stunning scenery, olive trees and fabulous cycling. Our choice of… Read More

Ham Anyone? Cycle Spain

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If you are a vegetarian, forget this part of central Spain. Everywhere, the pig and its delicacies are an everyday part of passing the time in bars, cafés and restaurants with the obligatory vino de la casa. If you are not vegan, then console yourself with superb cheeses, olives and bread to die for. We… Read More

Foggy Spain

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We were sad to leave the historic city of Zamora especially as the early morning start was shrouded in dense freezing fog. Once out of the city, the N630 was extremely devoid of traffic, and even the parallel motorway was hardly busy for a Saturday. It was a rolling 67km to Salamanca and unfortunately the… Read More

Ruta de la Plata – Albergues

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Most of our guides and maps for the Ruta de la Plata promote hostels or Albergues as economic places to stay along the route. Sadly, at this time of year, many are closed. So we have been using booking.com who have a brilliant app and website for finding accommodation. When we left Oviedo, we knew… Read More

Ruta de la Plata – Tomorrow

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Tomorrow we join the Ruta de la Plata and head south. Soon we will climbing almost 1,000m to Puerto de Pajares once a destination on Vuelta a Espana. And snow is forecast. That’s why we have spent three days here in historic, enchanting Oviedo, resting and preparing for the route ahead. Getting here from Ribadesella… Read More

Trans Pennine Trail 3

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From Dodworth it was another sunny dry day as we headed off on the trail skirting to the south of Barnsley. Crossing the M1 we cycled through quiet flat parkland and woods. Thankfully, the irritable narrow ‘gates’ are less evident now making it a smooth ride. Cycling through the Dearne Valley was delightful. Very peaceful… Read More

Preparing for Trans Pennine Trail

This week we are planning to undertake the Trans Pennine Cycle Route from Southport to Hornsea. With our recent experience of rain, cold and more rain, we have decided to ditch the camping gear and “rough” it in hotels. Of course, this decision means it will be an Indian summer! As the trail passes through… Read More

Bicycles and Broken Teeth

Day one of our trip to India. We arrived in Mumbai with our boxed bikes intact. Less could be said about my teeth! On the flight, I managed to break two molars on lamb noisettes. I was distraught to say the least and could not have enjoyed a flight less. We prefer to travel premium… Read More

India – Ready…Steady…

We are now looking forward to our next cycling adventure – India. Yesterday, I visited the India Visa Centre in Hayes, Middlesex to deposit our forms, photos and payment. The process was all very efficient and the staff very friendly, not surprising for a £94 fee each – ouch! Later in the day, we received acknowledgement emails, so… Read More