Archive for May, 2010

May
31st
2010

Po River Riding


Po river riding

To get quickly across Italy to Florence we chose to cycle along the pancake flat Po valley for a couple of days. From a campsite at Alba where we ordered replacement sleeping mats to be delivered in Florence, we descended from the last of the vine covered hills with their views of hill-top towns on each peak and into Italy’s agricultural lands. – Posted by Emma

May
25th
2010

Italian Impressions


Italian impressions

Our last day in France saw us hoping for an easy ride across the Col de Braus and into Italy through a small pass to the north of Nice. However after a roadside chat with local cyclist Patrick, we were a little more cautious. He said we would never make it on our heavy bikes to Italy on that day as we had 3 passes and at least 15km of climbing ahead. – Posted by Justin

May
23rd
2010

France By Numbers


France by numbers

Entering France to sunny skies and 24km of downhill we thought our endless summer of cycling had truly begun. It quickly turned unseasonably cold, but camping in the snow, cycling through prehistoric gorges and learning how to make bread were all things that made us forget the weather. – Posted by Emma + Justin

May
21st
2010

3000 Kilometre Photo


3000 kilometre photo

Make sure you turn off ‘smell-o-vision’ and put away your ‘real-life-touch’ pads if you’re viewing this from the future. This photo documents 3000 kilometres in the saddle, taken on 21st May in Val de Chavagne, France just before the second downpour of the afternoon. – Posted by Emma

May
20th
2010

Wine Valley Off-season


Wine valley off-season

As we’ve travelled through the Rhone Valley and Provence, we’ve been passing through some of the vine-rich regions of France. The sun has been out, the hills have been small and sometimes the wind has been behind us, but it feels like we’ve caught these places at the wrong time of year. – Posted by Emma

May
19th
2010

Free Camping Thoughts


Free Camping Thoughts

At the start of this trip our closest experience to free camping had been asking for permission from a farmer to use one of his fields while cycling LEJOG last year, so basically we had never done it before. Since our very first night on the road in the UK we have had to embrace free camping whether through choice or necessity. – Posted by Justin

May
18th
2010

Gorge(ous) Riding


Gorge(ous) riding

After we left Yves and Ingrid on a bright Thursday morning we had a rough route planned that would take in the Gorges du Tarn and the Gorges de L’Ardeche both of which had come highly recommended by Ingrid. Travelling through the two gorges would also align us to continue further East towards Italy. – Posted by Justin

May
15th
2010

Day Of Food – France


Food Diary: France

In France we swapped chocolate filled mini croissants for regular ones and traded Spanish bread for baguettes and many types of cereales filled bread. Influenced by what we experienced when staying with Yves and Ingrid our cooking has become a little more French as well. This is what we ate in one day in France. – Posted by Emma

May
13th
2010

Fresh Bread & Blue Cheese


Fresh Bread & Blue Cheese

We arrived at Yves and Ingrid’s beautiful home after days of camping in snow and rain. They had contacted us by email offering us the chance to visit them and as we tried to resolve the problems with our tent their offer seemed to good to be true. Before we arrived we had decided that we would stay 2 nights giving us the chance to recover a little and make plans for our route ahead. – Posted by Justin

May
6th
2010

Snow Cycling And Tent Crisis


Snow cycling and tent crisis

Following our hibernation from the snow we really wanted hot showers and hot food. Instead we had a freezing ride, brought cold paella thinking it was hot and I had a freezing cold shower. And that was before we found the holes in the tent. – Posted by Emma