The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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

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Welcome to Ireland Portimao

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

More Cycle Fun in Portugal

After a couple of days relaxing in Vila Nova de Milfontes, it was a hazy Thursday morning ride to Zambujeira do Mar, some 32km of uneventful riding. The scenery may not be so dramatic, but the final views over the beach in Zambujeira were pretty spectacular. Luckily, the cafés were open on this holiday Thursday… Read More

Three of the Best in Portugal

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

Folding Folly?

As with all decisions in life, there is always a compromise. We chose the economic range of folding bikes to try out touring with them on a short trip to Portugal. To be honest, after two days, and 80km, we are not enamoured. To be fair, they are well made and lightish for travel, but… Read More

Portugal by Folding Bikes

Next week we set off to Lisbon for our winter bicycle tour of Southern Portugal. This time we shall be tackling the route using Carrera InterCity folding bikes. Just lately, we travelled down to Ramsgate and Whitstable so as to try them out and get used to carrying panniers. They seem fine although we’re not… Read More

To Fold or not to Fold

We’ve been thinking for some time now on how to make life easier when transporting touring bicycles on public transport. The restrictions and a variety of rules, especially on trains, can make journeys very stressful with loaded cycles. So, we’ve decided to give folding bikes a go for our upcoming winter trip to Portugal. Rather… Read More

Hello Brittany Again

If  there was ever a day that can be described as a perfect cycling day, then this was it. Flat, mainly sunny, mostly traffic free and very little wind. So we left Mont Saint Michel behind and headed back into Brittany again. The monument can still be seen for miles behind us, especially on such… Read More

Mont Saint Michel

There is no doubt that the highlight of the Tour de Manche a velo cycle ride has to be the impressive and imposing Le Mont Saint Michel. It did not disappoint. From our campsite at Pontanbault, we were soon winding our way along the Normandy marshes, then suddenly the Mont came into view in the… Read More

Back on Le Tour de Manche

So, off we went again last Sunday from Saint Martin de Becares heading to Vire some 32km of cycling. We picked up the Tour de Manche a velo route at Le Ferriere – Harang hoping for a pleasant reintroduction. It was nothing of the sort. Very hilly and not particularly scenic given the quiet lanes.… Read More

Just off the Tour de Manche

For any of you are wondering where we are on Le Tour de Manche a velo, here is a quick update. We had to detour off the route to our campsite at Torigno-sur-Vire. From there we managed just a short 16km to our current destination. It is the campsite ‘Le Puits’ at Saint Martin Des… Read More