The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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

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Welcome to Ireland Portimao

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I know it’s been over a week since our last post, but I’m not a happy bunny. Firstly, my phone SD card has crashed again, and secondly, the cycling has not turned out to be that much fun. More about that later and the reasons why, but in the meantime, let’s catch up with our… Read More

Crete to Salamina

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We were very sad to be leaving Perama, but the journey must continue, however slowly our trip is taking. The cycle ride to Iraklion and the ferry can only be described in one word. Stunning! The climbs were not as hard as we imagined, yet the views were out of this world. What a fantastic… 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

Morocco by Bicycle

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We have found Morocco at last! The coast road is now a joy. Quiet roads. Rolling tarmac. We have also passed 2,000km on our trip from Santander. There has been some stinky industry around Safi but here in Essaouira, the bay is beautiful. Now the trucks are diminishing, replaced with donkey and horse carts going… Read More

Spanish Plains

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Flat and flatter! That is all that can be said of the 73km ride from Leon to Benavente. Yet the weather is improving. No rain and when the sun breaks through it feels wonderful on the face. But it is still cold! The N630 is straight as straight could be so much so that you… 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

Spain Still Up and Down

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As we left San Vicente, it wasn’t raining, but that was not to last too long. Along N634 we have to compliment the courteous Spanish car drivers. They are always giving us wide berths and we also get the odd toot of encouragement. Between Unquera and El Parel, the adjacent motorway is under construction so… Read More

Spain – Another Day

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The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plains. Rubbish! We are on the north coast and among the hills. It was raining in Santillana Del Mar as we set off this morning. Thankfully, we managed to dodge most of the downpours during the day, but it did mean spending some time in  Tapas bars.… Read More

Camino de Santiago – Day 1 – Spain

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It was raining as we set off this morning from Santander but it could not dampen our spirits being on our bikes again. We had no problems leaving town as my Garmin Edge 810 equipped with the free Velomap easily took us away from the traffic. What was surprising though was the absence of any… Read More