The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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

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Ruta de la Plata – Albergues

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

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

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

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

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

Eurovelo 6 France Almost There

From Chagny it was another flat easy ride to Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and then on to Suerre. Except for the fact it was raining. It continued all the way to St-Jean-de-Losne. We were caught out extremely and ended up soaked. Luckily, this is a lovely laid back site called Les Herlequins run by very eccentric people. So,… Read More

Eurovelo 6 Loire Velo Continues

This trip just gets better and better! We left Saumur after our break with Eurocamp at Domaine de la Breche and back onto the Eurovelo 6 mainly along quiet levee roads and paths. Most of the cyclists we encounter all seem to be coming in the opposite direction. We think they know something that we… Read More

Eurovelo Roscoff to Nantes 2

From  Mur-de Bretagne the canal becomes very sad. The locks, or les eclures, are in disrepair and the canal looks more like an overgrown river. Some stretches are dry and have not seen boat traffic for a while. However, for us cyclists, the going is very easy and flat and there are many picnic table… Read More

End of the Road…For Now

You know it’s almost over when you start wishing for swimming pools rather than the saddle. Our stay at the Kailash Beach Resort was an absolute delight. For the most part we were the only paying guests, which afforded us excellent personal service. It seems that a lot of their income is derived from Scandinavian… Read More

Back to Pondicherry

After a few tranquil days in Tranquebar, we were back on our bikes again heading north towards Pondicherry. Our first stop would be Chidambaram, an extremely hot 55km ride. Our route kept us on NH45A which was a bit of a nightmare. There were only a few sections of decent road for cycling, most of… Read More