In two weeks time we set off for our trip to Berlin from Harwich via S,Hertogenbosch, Nijmegen, Arnhem then follow the Long Distance Capitals route to Berlin and maybe the Polish border (over a 1000km), this will be our last long trip before we set off next year so it will be a final test as such of all our kit, which we have no doubt will be up to the test. We are looking forward to following the extensive network of Dutch cycle paths through the country before crossing the German border. We are going to minimize on camp sites and wild camp as often as possible apart from the cities when we will get some time in a hostel. Our experiences on the Camino De Santiago in 2012 staying in hostels was great and we met some really interesting and friendly people from all over the world so we are again going to give ourselves a few nights in hostels in the cities.
It is quite unreal that in 12 months time we will be heading out into the unknown without even knowing where we will stay our first night in our tent for two years. We will only have what we have in our panniers to live for two years travelling on the road, is it scary, silly and not very responsible to give up a highly paid job, rent the house out, leave the grand kids for two years and head off into the unknown on a bicycle…….
We cannot wait. sometimes in life you just have to say sod it and go for it, it will be a huge adventure for us, we aren’t trying to break any records or go places no man or woman has ever been before, we may not even end up in New Zealand when we want to but one thing is for sure, every day we both think of the journey ahead and the pain and grief behind us, we deserve it and we are bloody well going to enjoy it. There will be times when we question our sanity and our thought process behind taking on such a journey, but if we don’t we will live to regret not doing it and looking back with sorrow.
I for one cannot wait to pedal my bike through the Gallipoli Peninsula knowing that the spirit of every soldier is watching us. I cannot wait to sit on the side of a road and wonder what the next place is like or how we will even get there. One thing is for sure we both know that now is the time for us to heal ourselves with this journey and carry ourselves forwards to new adventures and new places and new sights and sounds.
12 months and counting.
Our cycle jerseys that were kindly sponsored to us by Kalas Cycle wear have arrived, great tops and provided in sponsorship by this great company who provide no minimum order on bespoke cycling tops.
Great Video from an amazing journey
Originally posted on CYCLING 4 CANCER:
At the Barenz Charity Event I shared a short video showing some of my favorite footage from my 42 812km adventure. I hadn’t planned to share it online, but due to numerous requests I’ve uploaded it this morning for you all to watch. If your impressed with what you see, please check out my other video’s by clicking here. Thanks!
Saturday was a hot day so a trip with the grandson in two for a picnic was in order, Ponty park was the location and a few cakes, sarnies and crisps later I was the return trip with one very tired grandson.
On Sunday we took the short round trip to Cardiff to watch the arrival of the Ride of Lions, who were raising money for Walking with the Wounded and the Lions Charitable Trust. On a pretty warm day the groups arrived in good shape and all in one piece. The ride now continues on to the Aviva Stadium in Ireland.
Thanks to Brooks England our new saddles have arrived in the shape of Flyer Aged and Flyer S Aged, more the Aged than the flyer we are but a great saddle that will get us to New Zealand and will replace our second hand ones. The saddles arrived and with sadness and excitement we removed the old saddles and fitted the new. The Aged is the touring saddle that does not require so much break in time.
We have purchased two lightweight chairs from Helinox for our journey, despite being sat in a saddle all day it is nice to be able to sit in a comfy chair rather than on the floor. The Chair One from Helinox is lightweight and super comfy. The Chair one combines comfort with an extremely low weight. With a small packsize and a weight of just 840 gr. this chair is the absolute must have for every cyclist, hiker, camper and outdoor enthusiast; in short for everybody. Made by DAC, the leading manufacturer of tent poles.
Ride Of The Lions is the ultimate rugby/cycling union. We mix the challenging test of endurance of the long distance bike ride with the friends for life forming camaraderie of the rugby pitch. As ROTL Ambassador Roger Uttley OBE put it, “The Spirit of Rugby on a Bike”.