Waking up in the Best Western Hotel in Ieper, or Ypres as is is known to English speakers, was quite an experience. I was in a comfortable bed, there was no sound of rain, I was not freezing cold and...
June 15, 2012 GMT - The Longest Day
I was awake at a reasonable time and ready to go by 9am. Of course the clouds had disappeared to reveal the French Alps in all their glory. A better view from any campsite, I have not found. I love...
June 13, 2012 GMT - Glaciers and Big Decisions
I know the past few days had taken a bit of a toll as I wasn't up until 10am. I was going to take things easy, although this was slightly enforced as it was raining quite a lot. I decided...
June 12, 2012 GMT - Time to burn out of this hole!
It had rained all night and cheapy tent had kept me dry. It continued to pour down outside, and I was left thinking what I could do. I chatted with a few Swedish climbers who were hoping to climb the...
June 12, 2012 GMT - Zermatt
The tsunami tent had a semi successful night at keeping me dry but by 5.30, rain was leaking in at a steady rate. I got myself ready for the off. Fortunately I had seen a tent ln the local supermarket....
June 10, 2012 GMT - I have climbed (on) the North face of the Eiger
I had eaten and gone to bed just before it started to rain. It was pelting down hard as I layed up for the night. I was awoken at about 2pm by a wet elbow. In fact, just about everything...
June 09, 2012 GMT - Pass after pass
I was awoken by an explosion. Don't know why and I wasn't too bothered to find out. Pigged out with breakfast and was out into the rain by 9am. The lovely Forcola hotel in Livigno... Over a few of the...
June 09, 2012 GMT - A day of cock ups (no 2)
The day started exceptionally early. I left my luggage at the apartment and escorted my family back to Munich Airport. The rain pelted down as we came through the centre of the city. Of course, I had not taken my...
June 07, 2012 GMT - Respite in Oberammergau
So a lovely week of respite in Oberammergau, Barvaria. My family came to join me and we enjoyed a wonderful week of climbing hills, eating in mountain restaurants, taking trains up the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain and relaxing. Betty has...
June 04, 2012 GMT - It had to happen.....
The rest of the night in the Dolomites was entertaining. I found my mp3 player and remembered, I liked music. So standing with my back to a tree, I looked up at the wonders of the Dolomites and mouthed the...
June 02, 2012 GMT - Dolomiti
After the sun had gone down over the Adriatic, I went out like a light. Morning was still warm but clouds were threatening. I joined a long line of traffic leaving Croatia and we chugged on towards the border. I...
June 02, 2012 GMT - Best Biking day
I am sitting in a small café, somewhere nea Senj, with the sea just a few feet away.The sun is shining bright and I have just ordered a beer. A bit of a perfect situation, you may say, but it...
May 30, 2012 GMT - Potteries Cultural Ambassador (unpaid) to Dubrovnic
Taking a sneeky long distance peak at Dubrovnic the night before, I was confident of being underwhelmed. It was going to be like Newquay, I thought. The old town of Dubrovnik... It was worse. There was no Weatherspoons Pub, amusement...
May 30, 2012 GMT - Inside a Thunderstorm
Well, it was sad, in some ways, to see the back of Sarajevo. It had a uniquness to it like no other city I have ever been in. To lighten the load, it was tipping it down with rain. Through...
May 28, 2012 GMT - A city of differences
It was wonderful not to have to get up for another long day in the saddle. I therefore stayed in bed a little longer than usual. I had gotten myself a single room so vegging out was quite comfortable. Looking...
May 28, 2012 GMT - The (bumpy) road to Sarajevo
A new day brought sunshine which was a relief. I was down for breakfast at my hotel, The Stari Grad at a reasonable time, because I wanted to look around before I left. The Banja Luka Gate... On top of...
May 27, 2012 GMT - Luxury
I hadn't expected to have enjoyed Hungary so much. People in general seemed very relaxed and friendly despite being the porest country I had so far visited. Or, possiably, it was the other way around. I would often come across...
May 26, 2012 GMT - Hungry in Hungary
I was up and out of the hostel fairly early so I could nose around Bratislava. What a curious and unique place. The majority of the place appeared to be soviet era concrete monstrocities. These were quiet visibly crumbling. In...
May 24, 2012 GMT - Big Big journey
So Berlin to Bratislava in one day? could it be done? well I knew a guy with a 'can do' attitude that was going to ride the 730km trip on his single cylinder thumper. That man was me. I mean,...
May 23, 2012 GMT - An uncrowded capital
How do I describe Berlin? well it has the vibrancy of London, but not the crowds, or maybe it does have the crowds but the pavements are so much wider to accomodate them. It is a wonderful place and I...
May 22, 2012 GMT - Berlin
Ich Bein... no I won't do it. Today has been very easy going really... Well Yesterday was a bit hard work to be quite honest for obvious reasons. In fact, World War 3 would of been a breeze in comparison!...
May 22, 2012 GMT - Steep lurning curve
Today has been a steep learning curve. You should never leave things in your cabin when you leave the ship. If you are going to do this, make sure it is something inconsequential, like socks, not your wallet. If you...
May 21, 2012 GMT - Boat
8pm: I am sitting in a little hole with a door and a really noisy toilet on the P+O ferry 'Pride of Hull'. I will not complaint because it is cheap! An interesting journey up, almost ran out of fuel...
May 12, 2012 GMT - Worries
There does not appear to be too much more to do now. That is, apart from worry. Stupid niggles, worries, thoughts so far in the future that they ruin today. One thought is this whole thing is stupid. I can’t...
May 04, 2012 GMT - Selfish Bxxtard
I am wibbling at the thought of getting a GPS to help me get to my desitnations. I do like the thought of easy transition, but I do so love to stare at maps. It is like Mills and Boon...
April 29, 2012 GMT - Planning
Well, less than 3 weeks to go now, working hard to earn the money to do it! Almost 20 years ago, as I have already said, I went on a much longer trip around North America and the difference...
April 28, 2012 GMT - Betty
Since my Early 20's I have always wanted an Aprilia Pegaso. I blame that Colin Schiller, the then editor of Fast Bikes for all of those 'Ooligan pictures of wheelies and stoppies on a bike they kept raving about. Bizare...
April 26, 2012 GMT - In the begining....
In 1993 I passed my motorcycle test. The next thing I knew I was sitting on a bike six times bigger than anything I had ever ridden, on 42nd Street, New York, at rush hour, on the wrong side of...
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