The Final Countdown: Trans Am Bike and Gear

Having decided to take part in the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race last September, it seems hard to believe that the event is less than a week away. It’s been far from an easy road to the start: during the last nine months I’ve been hit by cars twice, torn a calf muscle, and had…

Back on Track

The last week and a half has been testing to say the least. Having my bike and equipment stolen a month before the start of the Trans Am Bike Race was definitely not in the script and it’s certainly been a challenge to stay on course for the event. If you’d have asked me a…

Finished

EUROPE 50 02/08/2011 FINISHED With only 25 miles to do today, we had a bit of a lie-in, abandoning our 5.30 start, instead waking at 8.00 and getting on the road for 9.00. We were straight back into the mountains as we made our way towards Algeciras, but the knowledge that today was the las…

Mission Accomplished

EUROPE 49 01/08/2011 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Having had a look at the map last night, we knew that the only way past Cadiz from our campsite was on a motorway, so were doubly eager to get an daly start – to beat the traffic as well as the heat. Although we managed to get on the…

A Day on the Beach

EUROPE 48 31/07/2011 A DAY ON THE BEACH It was another early start for us this morning, up at half five, and out of the campsite for six thirty. It was cooler than it has been, with a heavy fog obscuring any pre-dawn light. We hadn’t been going for lon when the inevitable happened: Lewy…

Seville

EUROPE 47 30/07/2011 SEVILLE We had a much needed lie-in this morning, and checked out of the hostel at 12.00, maximising our time in the cool. We managed to persuade the receptionist to keep our bikes safe for the day, leaving us unencumbered. Having done a bit of a walking tour of the city last…

Reunited

EUROPE 46 29/06/2011 REUNITED Sam and I were up at 5.30, after a night’s wild camping that featured clouds of mosquitos and noisy dogs. I think it was almost definitely Sam’s earliest start on his Birthday – cycling off before dark certainly a change from the normal birthday routine. It was a nice, cool twmperature…