Thunder and Sunshine

EUROPE 30 12/07/2011 THUNDER AND SUNSHINE I overslept this morning, only waking when the rising sun had turned the tent into a furnace. Still, thanks to some quick packing – practice makes perfect – I didn’t loose too much time. I made my way through more rolling farmland, not that I was complaining – it…

Hot, Hot, Hot

EUROPE 29 11/07/2011 HOT, HOT, HOT I was woken this morning by the kids in the next tent, who seemed to think that 6 in the morning was an acceptable time to start crying. I couldn’t get hack to sleep, so spent a while reading – there was no point in getting going as any…

Flies

EUROPE 28 10/07/2011 FLIES I woke this morning to blue skies, and what’s more to to a dry tent. I packed and ate breakfast whilst chatting to a chap from Newcastle riding a motorbike around France, who was very interested in the precise capacity of my panniers and wanted to know the weight of my…

France

EUROPE 27 09/07/2011 FRANCE It was raining when I woke up, so I had breakfast before packing up to keep dry for as long as possible. It was only postponing the inevitable however and within ten minutes of hitting the road I was soaked. The rain was heavy, but it wasn’t cold so I didn’t…

Belgium

EUROPE 26 08/07/08 BELGIUM I set off under blue skies this morning, but the wind was up and blowing against me so I knew I was in for a long day. There was more truth in that thought than I knew at the time: I stopped for breakfast at a bakery and had ate a…

Windmills

EUROPE 25 07/07/2011 WINDMILLS I woke up to sunshine and birdsong this morning – a far better wake up call that the patter of rain! I had breakfast at another bakery – not as good as yesterday’s, but I wasn’t complaining. The bike lanes in the netherlands are the best so far, and often are…

The Netherlands

EUROPE 24 06/07/2011 THE NETHERLANDS It had rained again overnight, but by the time I’d packed up an got going, the sun was shining for the first time in days. I had to ride for nearly an hour to find somewhere for breakfast but it was worth the wait: I found a brilliant bakery in…

Germans Can’t Build Bridges

EUROPE 23 05/07/2011 GERMANS CAN’T BUILD BRIDGES Another morning, another grey sky. I can’t believe that after 300 miles in continental Europe the weather has managed to stay so dismal! I was off in good time, but the going was slow: the main road was closed to bikes, so I had to use the indirect…

Germany

EUROPE 22 04/07/2011 GERMANY Another cold, grey morning greeted me as I rolled out of the tent this morning – although at least it wasn’t raining. I was on the road for half eight and crossed the boarder into Germany after around 5 minutes riding – once I’d paused for a moments elation, my first…

Double Century

EUROPE 21 03/07/2011 DOUBLE CENTURY I had a rather inauspicious start this morning – although I was up in good time I noticed that I had a flat tyre midway through packing my tent. As I was juggling stowing away the last of possessions, and making the repair a Dutchman decided that it was a…