The weather was absolutely awful through Southern France. I'm wearing waterproofs nearly all the time, and it feels very much like I am nearly finished. This is semi-familiar territory, and for the first time in over a month I can...
September 09, 2005 GMT - Gargano Peninsula
First hotel turned out to be a nightmare and I had my first real dispute with anyone - got given a room where the shower soaked the whole room and the manager spoke no English and was very unhelpful -...
September 09, 2005 GMT - Alberobello
The capital city of the trulli - odd white cone shaped Italian houses. Nice place, also close to Castellana cave complex. Guided tour in Italian was of course very helpful.......
September 09, 2005 GMT - Ferry to Italy
Left Corfu about 1am on a ferry bound for Brindisi. No cabins available and people sleeping all over the floor - a real pleasure. Arrived in Italy about 7.30am and set off for Taranto \ Mercate. Mercate was a real...
September 02, 2005 GMT - Corfu
Moved further up the coast and got a ferry to Corfu. First two nights in Corfu town, which is quite an attractive place. Must have had my 100th Greek salad by now - trying to eat myself healthy... Third night...
September 02, 2005 GMT - Lefkada
Two night stop on Lefkada island, which can be reached by bridge. Too much sun and not enough internet cafes mean I am not so interested in updating this in detail at the moment. I will fill in the gaps...
August 29, 2005 GMT - Peloponnese
Took a slow and scenic route out of Athens, over an impressive ship canal cut deep in to the rock. Some very pretty mountain roads and typically greek seaside tavernas. Stayed overnight in Korfos - took my first swim. Very...
August 29, 2005 GMT - In to Greece
So glad I was out of Bulgaria, it was a little unfair on Greece. Weather good. Big bikes are now all over the place - no-one is waving at me any more. I stop overnight at Katerini - bike is...
August 26, 2005 GMT - Bulgaria
Getting out of Romania was straightforward and for some reason I am exempt from departure tax which everyone else has to pay, but there was a fairly long wait getting in to Bulgaria. Truck drivers just shrug and laugh.....seems like...
August 21, 2005 GMT - Bucharest
Uneventful, except for the only stretch of motorway here. This is a killing field - dead dogs in places where I can't even work out why a dog would be there. The hard shoulder is for cyclists going the other...
August 20, 2005 GMT - Transfagarasan
It took me an hour to reach the start - eventful only for the fact that this is Saturday and its obviously a big wedding day. In one village I stop to let the wedding party cross to the church...
August 19, 2005 GMT - Sighisoara
Four Italian bikes were at the hotel last night. Identical V-Stroms - which is either great trip planning (cuts down on spares & tools) or incredibly unimaginative. One of them speaks some English - he went to Twickenham to watch...
August 19, 2005 GMT - Sighetu Marmetei
I decide I'm wasting time checking in and out of hotels, so stay two nights in Cluj. That lets me do a circuit up towards the Ukrainian border through a very scenic area. It is of course still raining next...
August 18, 2005 GMT - The roads....
The first few miles in to Romania were indeed pretty poor. Big holes, patchwork repairs - bad ones - and loose sand and gravel everywhere. Still, I could maintain about 30mph so it wasn't all bad. I passed my first...
August 18, 2005 GMT - To Romania
At breakfast in Budapest it is pouring with rain. I leave at 10.30 during a lull, having still avoided unzipping my waterproofs despite all the rain on this trip. That record lasts until a few miles outside Budapest and I...
August 15, 2005 GMT - Budapest
I arrived in Budapest about 9pm. For some reason, the route in to the centre is not lined with easily accessible hotels, and all the ones I phone or find are full. There is a big music festival going on...
August 13, 2005 GMT - Through the Tatra mountains
I left Krakow with the sun shining - things are looking up. Horrendous traffic jams for the first few miles. Filtering is tough as Polish drivers won't move at all, and trucks have worn big grooves which make the filter...
August 13, 2005 GMT - Krakow
I spent two nights in Krakow, moving to a cheaper hotel for the second night. It is a beautiful city with what they say is the largest city square in Europe. Its surrounded by pavement cafes and upmarket shops, but...
August 11, 2005 GMT - Prague and in to Krakow
I spent two nights in Prague - a beautiful city, but nothing looks as impressive in drizzle and overcast skies. Thanks go to Daniela for showing me some of the nightlife - its a fun city. I'm sure she would...
August 08, 2005 GMT -
Now in Prague. Its been raining most of the day, so the photo opportunities are limited. I arrived here exactly 24 hours after landing at Calais. I got a very civilised ferry from Dover around noon to let me get...
August 06, 2005 GMT -
the centre stand whacked the already rather tired exhaust and the left silencer is now hanging free
August 03, 2005 GMT - Preparation
Preparation ? Almost non-existent. The planets seemed perfectly in line, with a messy divorce, my 40th birthday and a 6 week paid 'holiday' due to a contractual issue when changing jobs. Shame to waste it :)
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