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Final stats

SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN ISLANDS | Sunday, 19 Jan 2014 | Views [1702]

We're done and dusted! Here are the final stats from our 6-month trip.       Morocco Italy, France, Spain Balkans Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia Scotland Scandinavia Total average Total ... Read more >

Goodbye to the Far West

MOROCCO | Monday, 23 Dec 2013 | Views [1847]

After crossing the Middle Atlas, we end our cycling in Marrakesh. It has been a long week of riding, crossing some high passes and travelling through a landscape of stones and cedars, punctuated by nights in small towns that are not tourist attractions, ... Read more >

The bicycle in art

MOROCCO | Sunday, 8 Dec 2013 | Views [1790]

There are three types of road marked on our Carte de Touristique Moroc map. The autovia, or A1 freeway, which mere cyclists are not allowed to use. Major secondary roads, of the type we rode along on our first day riding from Tangier to Larache. These ... Read more >

The step where Strummer sat

MOROCCO | Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | Views [1814]

One argument with a customs official and a 35 minute ferry ride, and we are weaving our way through the crowds of Tangiers, where we are repeatedly offered cheap hotels and hashish. 'Welcome to Africa', one would-be guide shrugs when he realises we won't ... Read more >

Matt - Statistics 3

HEARD & MCDONALD ISLANDS | Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | Views [1660]

Here are some more stats from my Garmin:   Italy, France, Spain Balkans Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia Scotland Scandinavia Count: 33 Activities 29 Activities 13 Activities 41 Activities 32 Activities ... Read more >

Matt - (almost) everyone loves a man with a beard

SPAIN | Sunday, 1 Dec 2013 | Views [1667]

I admit that I´m not entirely sure what people are saying to me most of the time, given that they are speaking Spanish, and I speak better sign language than I do Spanish. Anyway, we walked into a nice looking cafe in a rougher area of Malaga ... Read more >

10,000 kms in the sun aint long enough...

SPAIN | Saturday, 30 Nov 2013 | Views [1728]

Some places have reputations that precede them. We make a point of visiting places like Venice and Barcelona, arriving with high expectations which are, of course, not disappointed. As a tourist, they are near impossible to dislike. We have the luxury ... Read more >

Matt - How to win at intrepid cycletouring

SPAIN | Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 | Views [1697]

Any misconceptions we had that we were in any way intrepid in our choices of mode of transport or destinations have been obliterated during this tour. Bosnia, Morocco, Montenegro a mountain bike trail in Norway. Kid's stuff. Recently we spent a day ... Read more >

Instant karma

SPAIN | Sunday, 24 Nov 2013 | Views [1817] | Comments [1]

Our final day in Barcelona feels like it may be my final day ever. We are hammering through heavy city traffic like Melbourne bike couriers - red lights and trucks be damned - trailing in the wake of Dan, who has offered to take us on a two wheel tour ... Read more >

Matt - Drugs, booze and hookers

SPAIN | Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | Views [2478] | Comments [1]

Not for my dearest the kind of hovels that others may consider to be valid hotels. No, for her only the best. Hence, I booked Kate and I into the ´Pension Miami´here in Barcelona. We stepped into the room, and were pleased to discover the ... Read more >

The tyranny of choice

SPAIN | Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | Views [1702]

We cycled westwards along the French coast from La Grand Motte. The landscape reminds me of Pinocchio´s Land of Toys after all the candy-loving children have been transformed into donkeys. Scattered throughout the sanddunes are abandoned theme ... Read more >

Provence degustation

FRANCE | Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 | Views [1733] | Comments [2]

An old man stands in the forecourt of the old stone hospital in Carpentras, hands deep in pockets and stamping his feet against the cold. From time to time he pulls a pink plastic bag from his pocket and examines the black lumps inside. The old hospital ... Read more >

Photos: Croatia 2

CROATIA | Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | Photo Gallery

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matt - goodbye to the balkans and a word on animals

CROATIA | Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | Views [1837] | Comments [2]

...and before we got to wonderful Italy, we finished off our Balkans loop.   Considering that the Balkans were a last minute addition to our itinerary as a result of the dreaded 3-month Schengen visa limitations, I am extremely glad that our ... Read more >

scary monsters and nice sprites

ITALY | Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | Views [1695]

A derelict guard station at a border crossing and a small sign that reads 'Italia' and we are into the spiritual home of cyclists. It is EU to EU, after all, so noone stamps our passports or otherwise acknowledges our arrival. We take it upon ourselves ... Read more >

Matt - A word on testicles

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | Views [1754] | Comments [3]

The other day, while having a coffee with a couple of Slovenians we had just met in a little cafe on Korčula, Croatia, a slightly mad-looking quite-old woman sat down on the table near us and ordered an espresso. After sipping for a second, she ... Read more >

Misty mountain hops, and houses of the holy

MONTENEGRO | Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 | Views [1783]

He's pulled the bike over and is looking serious. 'Why are you laughing when I point out a snake to you?' 'A what?'  'Over there. A snake! So you don't run over it!' I look where he is pointing. He actually isn't lying. A long silver ... Read more >

Photos: Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA | Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Matt - Bosnia and Montenegro, and a word on Advance Australia Fair

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA | Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | Views [2835] | Comments [1]

So here we sit in a cute hostel in Shkoder, Albania, having travelled through Bosnia and Montenegro to get here, and it's a chance to collect our thoughts. Bosnia is so hard to write about, because as Kate mentioned in her last post, while the country ... Read more >

God bless you - you're crazy

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA | Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Views [1863]

I was hoping I could take Basil Fawlty's advice. I thought that perhaps I could wax lyrical only about how beautiful Bosnia is, how kind the people, how interesting the cities. But that would leave a rather large elephant sitting in the room. I'm a tourist ... Read more >

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