We are trying to collect as much information as we can about where we want to go, what we want to see and what we want to do. We also want to be completely free and not be hindered by timescales apart from Visa ones and getting to NZ by 2017. We will endeavor to share the information that we create for our trip through this blog.
List of things we need to do before we go–Such as rent the house, store our belongings
List of places to go, do and see
List of overseas contacts- We have a few already in Germany, Thailand and Turkey.
List of visa information for different countries.
We do want to plan but without the need for sticking rigidly to plans “No Plan survives contact with the enemy”, a few friends out there will smile at that one.
Jane got to Paderborn in Germany safely and tried out the TX400, a beast of an expedition machine that is going to carry us 36,000kms around the world to New Zealand through harsh terrain. These bikes have already completed a trip to New Zealand between 2010-12 by Ryan and Rebecca of http://worldcyclingtour.org/. Jane’s report of the bike was glowing and these are the ones for us and at a 1000 Euros each they are cheaper than UK based Thorn bikes by about £1600! Bikes will be picked up in January when the new model arrives. Happy Days!
Picture taken from loaded touring bikes
Once we have crossed the border into France we are heading North still up through Perpignan, Narbonne, Montpellier, Nimes, Grenoble and heading into the French Alps and some serious climbing and descending into Switzerland and then across into Germany and Munich before heading South again through Austria and Slovenia. Timeline 4/5 weeks.
Total Countries UK, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia (7)
We are now 70% sure on our route though an urge to cycle across USA to start with is weighing our decision down at the moment, we also have to consider the seasons and cycling across Russia (Sochi to Volgograd) in the winter would seriously test our mental and physical well being.
Currently we have decided that we are going to start in Santander in Spain and cycle over the Picos de Europa mountain range before dropping into Leon and meeting up with the Camino de Santiago towards Santiago de Compestela which we walked in 2012. This time we will go to Finesterre on the coast before dropping down for an excursion into Portugal before heading overland towards Madrid, Valencia and the north along the Costa Blanca coastline into France. Timeline prediction is going to be 6 weeks.
The Picos De Europa Mountain roads.
A trip to Germany to try out proven expedition bikes, looks like these are the favourites…. Provided by bikestore, Paderborn. Bikestore.eu
How difficult can it be to find the right bike for a 30,000km bicycle tour to the other side of the world for two years from high street named bicycle outlets who want you to buy the bike before they will get one in for you to try!
Forgive us if this may sound dull but “Would you part with £1000+ for a bicycle that you couldn’t even sit on first never mind test ride”.
Well it seems that certain bike shops feel that WE should part with OUR money to buy something of them that they cannot be bothered to let you even have a look at…….Pretty good customer service and advertisement for cycling.
Looks as though we will have to head North to Yorkshire to try out bikes….. Maybe customer service will be better there!
A short 7 minute video of some of the pictures and video we made on our short 800 Kms tour this summer will be on today…Keep an eye out. We have also posted it on Vimeo.