March
24th
2010

England By Numbers


England By Numbers

It already feels like a long time since we left London. As we sail across the channel and down to Santander, we thought we’d give you some easy to digest stats from our first 4 days from London to Portsmouth. – Posted by Emma + Justin

April
28th
2010

Spain By Numbers


Spain by numbers

We had 34 days in Spain and we can’t yet say that it was the best country we’ll see on this trip, but it sure beats our rainy exit from the UK. Spain, we’ll miss your chocolate filled croissants, hospitable people and wonderful tarmac (most of the time). – Posted by Emma + 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

July
1st
2010

Italy By Numbers


Italy by numbers

We’ve always loved Italian food, and while we had some substandard focaccia and gelato in Italy, overall the cuisine lived up to our expectations (oh and the scenery was spectacular as well). We left food heaven with more insect bites than we arrived with, possibly more weight (see gelato figures below) plus fantastic memories of the roads we travelled and the people who stopped to talk to us in every small town we passed. Here are some facts and figures from our time in Italy. – Posted by Emma

July
16th
2010

Croatia By Numbers


Croatia by numbers

Arriving in Croatia to a new language, currency and climate (read very very hot) we weren’t sure what to expect. Like the rest of Europe we enjoyed some holiday time in Croatia finding small family run campgrounds, quiet beaches for swimming and many shady spots to sit out the heat of the day. – Posted by Emma

July
27th
2010

Bosnia By Numbers


Bosnia by numbers

Bosnia and Herzegovina gave us a new appreciation of burek and the importance of bridges to Bosnian history. We became happily trapped in Sarajevo by Amin’s hospitality and traded cycling kilometres for watching movies at the film festival, meeting his friends, and hanging out in the Gir bike store “reading” German cycling magazines. – Posted by Justin

August
10th
2010

Serbia By Numbers


Serbia by numbers

We cycled into Serbia through a national park, spending our first night as guests in a tiny farmhouse just outside Mokra Gora. The hospitality of our first night was repeated many times throughout Serbia whether by people buying us coffee, campsites offering free pitches and breakfast snacks, or an international canoeing group welcoming us to their campsite. In Belgrade we learnt a lot from our great hosts Aleksander and Milica. We left Serbia after a loop around the Danube which, despite bugs and breakages we’d started to grow quite attached to. – Posted by Justin

August
21st
2010

Bulgaria By Numbers


Bulgaria by numbers

The north of Bulgaria was wide empty countryside and quiet back roads. As we followed the Danube east the fields became filled with endless rows of drooping sunflowers past their prime. The friendliness of the local people amazed us as every day someone gave us food and drink and we were even welcomed into homes. Bulgaria will always be special as we now have an always waiting home for us in the tiny village of Malak Izvor with Sabrina and Sabatine. – Posted by Justin

August
22nd
2010

Greece By Numbers


Greece by numbers

An empty highway with extra wide shoulder, a border town filled with cafes and restaurants and a road through a river with people camping on either side. This visit to Greece was a quick hop through to avoid a busier road from Bulgaria to Edirne, Turkey. We learnt no Greek and saw no sights, but our time here was as sweet as the coffees we tasted before exiting the country. – Posted by Emma

September
22nd
2010

Turkey By Numbers


Turkey by numbers

The observant may note that we’re still in Turkey. As winter approaches and our bicycles are getting accustomed to an indoor life, we thought it was timely to summarise our cycling adventures from Edirne to Cappadocia and back to Istanbul. Over a month on the road we tapped into a tiny part of this huge land, were amazed by the scale of the landscapes we cycled through and the never ending generosity and curiosity of the people we met along the way. – Posted by Emma