Pat's Cycle Tour - 2016

May - June 2016
May - June 2016
  • Day35

    London - UK

    June 18, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    And so back now where the journey started five weeks ago. Thankful that everything went smoothly, no mechanical or health issues, and the wheels kept turning. Granted a few minor issues here and and there, but also plenty of good fortune !

    Out of my control was the weather. As luck would have it, May in France was the wetest in 35 years !

    Thanks for all the comments and "likes". Till next time.
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  • Day34

    Guildford - UK

    June 17, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Poor weather did nothing to dampen my spirits. Made enjoyable by quiet country lanes and quaint villages.

    Am hoping tomorrow to follow a canal from here till it reaches the river Thames, then follow the Thames past Richmond Park and Wimbledon, then through to Hyde Park.

  • Day33

    Portsmouth - UK

    June 16, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Can see now why the Brits go to Spain for their beach holidays. Plenty to see in the Historic Dockyard of Portsmouth.

    Bags packed for next leg back to London.

  • Day31

    FERRY - Santander to Portsmouth

    June 14, 2016, Celtic Sea ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Gloomy day to be setting sail from Santander, 24 hour back to the UK. Worst part of the journey so far. Did not take well to the rough seas. Cycling back would have been more enjoyable.

  • Day30

    Santander - ES

    June 13, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    2,000 km covered now in 4 weeks :)

    Time to bid farewell to Spain. Wish I could keep going but alas, there are no more ferries back to the UK if I continue any further.

  • Day29

    Santander - ES

    June 12, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Last night's campsite was but a stones throw from the beach. Was great being able to hear the ocean all night.

    Not a long ride today but good to get into Santander early to do some exploring of the city.

  • Day28

    Santona - ES

    June 11, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Bilbao yesterday was a large city but very much industrial. Not much going for it, even in the "old city" which are normally quite interesting. Back now on the coast, far more enjoyable.

    After the dedicated cycle paths in France, navigating in Spain is more challenging, but getting the hang of it now.Read more

  • Day27

    Bilbao - ES

    June 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The fishing villages only awaken after 5 pm. The harbours become the local swimming pool and meeting place and and are a hive of activity.

    In one of the attached pictures is a school playground, on the beach. How cool is that ?

  • Day26

    Mundaka - ES

    June 9, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Was given some good advice by a local last evening. Him speaking no english, and my Spanish limited to "Hola", "Cerveja", "Gracias". So with hand gestures and facial expressions, was told to stay on the coastal route. Reminded me a lot of the Tsitikama, and Chapmans Peak area.

    Another sweltering day, and some climbing of over 10% on the faithful beast. Tomorrow must start out earlier to avoid the heat.Read more

  • Day25

    Mutriku - ES

    June 8, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Another sweltering day from sunrise to sunset (21:20). After two nights in a hostel dormitory, the campsite tonight is going to seem quite peaceful. Not a bad view either :)