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Europe » Croatia August 17th 2012

The Last 5 Days of the Cycle I spent 3 days cycling from Visoko to Split and then a couple of days in Split getting ready to fly home. I continued to cycle up and down over hills and mountains but enjoyed it a lot more knowing that I was only days away from my last uphill. I also continued to see pyramid-shaped hills and generally really nice scenery like lakes and hills with wild horses parading around. My tent poles broke again, for the third time but luckily I managed to fix it, one final time, again with duct tape and sticks and it was only for my last night. Split was full of tourists, many out partying and drinking loads but that didn't spoil the experience of walking around the centre, which is ... read more
Day 88
Day 88
Day 88

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina August 17th 2012

Bosnia - 3 Weeks I went to Bosnia at this time, as I had signed up for the volunteer program with the 'Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation' http://www.bosnianpyramid.com/index_files/volunteers.html The program lasted 2 weeks and I had a few days cycling either side. It took me a couple of days to get from the Montenegrin border to Visoko, where I stayed for the 2 weeks, then 3 days cycling from Bosnia in to Croatia and Split. I crossed in to the country and followed rivers both up and down, all the way until I arrived in Visoko, the cycling was nice as roads that follow rivers tend to have gentle gradients and they went through canyons and lush green forests. I arrived a day early and went to the hotel where the volunteers were offered ... read more
Arriving In Bosnia
Arriving In Bosnia
Weaving Through Canyons

Europe » Montenegro July 28th 2012

Montenegro - 3 Days I entered Montenegro full of beans having avoided the 30km climb to reach the border with a ride on a tractor on the Kosovan side of the border, I arrived thinking I was ahead of time but that was soon to change. I had been in the country for a couple of hours and was eating some mackerel sandwiches when the heavens opened, I waited and waited as it was torrential rain and ended up having a couple of beers to pass the time. After about 4 hours the rain calmed down so I jumped at the chance to continue on but it soon intensified again and I was completely soaked by the time I arrived in Berane. I looked at getting a hotel but the cheapest I could find was ... read more
First Few Hours in Montenegro
First Few Hours in Montenegro
First Few Hours in Montenegro

Europe » Kosovo July 25th 2012

Serbia - 18 Hours I cycled in to Serbia at 7pm, camped in the woods and then crossed in to Kosovo at lunch time the day after. What I saw was some mediocre countryside and some miserable people but I was only there for 18 hours so this could just have been bad luck, but the mood of the people was very obvious once I had crossed the border. Kosovo - 2 Days The Kosavan People were really warm people, with people stopping their cars to get out and talk, to kids racing me or someone offering to take me 15 miles up a mountain on their tractor, the people were chatty, friendly and curious On the day I cycled in to Kosovo I saw many convoys of cars decorated in ribbons or waving flags, ... read more
Serbia
Serbia
Serbia

Europe » Macedonia July 22nd 2012

Macedonia - 1 Week Macedonia is a small but very mountainous country with pleasant people and nice scenery. Macedonia is famous for Alexander the Great and poppies apparently but I saw no poppies and Alex has some statues and an airport named after him....wicked (as Ali G would say). Personally I would say that Macedonia is like a massive farm and should be famous for vegetables or farming, farming and tractors as there were tractors everywhere. There were churches and mosques with more mosques closer to the border with Albania, it was nice to see two religions co-existing. Orhid was a nice touristy destination located on a scenic lake and I decided to get a hotel room partly due to my desire to shower, have a beer and also because I couldn't resist a room ... read more
Religious Shrines
Religious Shrines
Day 61

Europe » Bulgaria July 16th 2012

Bulgaria - 16 Days I was looking forward to Bulgaria but it turned out to be a little disappointing, I often spent time cycling to an alleged "highlight" on the tourist map and came away saying "Is that it" (although I can’t deny it may have suffered from following Turkey, which was a fantastic country). Though Bulgaria still has some nice places and on these cycle trips interesting things can happen, and did happen, in random places. The short version is that I crossed the border from Turkey at Malko Turnovo then cycled through Strandzha National Park until i reached the Black Sea coast and spent 3 days cycling from one Benidorm-esq town to another. From Varna I headed West until Koprivshtitsa zigzagging over mountains and through valleys and stopping at the Stone Forest (Rock ... read more
Strandzha Natural Park
Fire Walking
Strandzha Natural Park

Middle East » Turkey June 22nd 2012

Turkey - 6 Weeks Turkey has become one of my favourite countries due to its exetremely friendly people, its diversity and its unique geological areas. Turkeys history is fascinating and layered (with civilisations such as the Romans, Greeks, Lycians, Thracians, Hittites, and many more having strutt their stuff here) and there are Islamic and Christian influences from more recent times. There is some amazing countryside from the Turquoise coast to Cappadocia and there are unique sites like the chimaera, flames comıng from the earth to Pamukkale, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the water flowing from a mineral rich spring - quite frankly for someone who likes variety Turkey cannot fail to impress (and no I didn't get a job working for the tourist board). The short versıon of my trip is that I spent ... read more
Approaching Istanbul
Istanbul
Inside the Blue Mosque

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca May 15th 2012

Mallorca - 4 Weeks 4 weeks between cycle trips with the intention to simply relax. We Stayed with Stephs Sister, Suzie so lots of family time, from sitting in cafes to volleyball training and birthday parties. Stephs parents were there when we arrived so we had their company for 4 days then shortly after my brother joined us for a week. The week with my brother was a week in which we did lots of relaxing and sitting around watching the world go by. We did hire a car for a couple of days and drove around the island - the first day we went to the mountainous area and it was wet and cloudy, the day after that we went to Alcudia and enjoyed the beach and some sun. Soller, Valldemossa and Llubi were cool, ... read more
Birthday Party
Birthday Party
Family Time

Europe » Portugal April 3rd 2012

Portugal - 6 weeks This trip started in Lisbon and finished in Mallorca, entailing a flight to Lisbon, cycling 950 miles, taking 2 trains, 2 ferries, and driving about a 1000 km across Spain. We flew in to Lisbon, We being me, the misses, 2 bikes and about 50 kilos of stuff. Portugal was a fantstic country, far better than I had expected – with some beautiful countryside, extremely friendly and pleasant people, and an interesting history (from Megalithic sites to Roman ruins, to countless hilltop castles). It was the first cycle trip for Steph, who struggled for the first 2 – 3 weeks but then blossomed into a budding tour-cyclist. If you'd like the more detailed version of the trip skip the rest of this paragraph, for those of you who want the short version ... read more
The First Morning
The first Mile
Lisbon

North America » United States » California February 7th 2012

Road Trip (San Francisco) - 9 Days We drove up to San Rafael (the other side of the San Fran Bay) to stay with a good friend of mine, Jason, and we went out drinking on the first night to celebrate his birthday, therefore didn’t do much the day after. We used San Rafael as a base to explore the area and we spent our first non-hung over day visiting Muir woods to see some massive trees and part of the amazing California coastline. I loved walking through the woods, I felt really insignificant, humble or respectful being surrounded by ancient trees that were thousands of years old and it was a very peaceful place. One day we drove in to the city and parked at the Fort Mason Green and from there walked to ... read more
San Rafael
San Rafael
San Rafael




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