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UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | Views [211]

UK was 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the countries I visited but had worse weather damage,  potholes, on the roads than these other countries. Cycling in the winter can be comfortable, interesting and rewarding but its a bit slower and lonely compared ... Read more >


To London

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 14 Mar 2010 | Views [208]

7.29 ICE train to Brussles, no convenient space for bike, racks in centre of carriage.  11.29 Eurostar to London plenty convenient space for bike close to doors.  15 mins late into a warm London.  2hrs 15mins cycling to Biggin Hill.  At one point a ... Read more >


Yacht maintenance

GERMANY | Sunday, 14 Mar 2010 | Views [249]

Spent two cold but rewarding days learning what it is like to own a yacht.  Drove 630km back across Germany to Heiligenhafen on the Baltic coast.  The town reminds me of Whitby - fishing and commercial shipping in a holiday resort- without vampire legends, ... Read more >


Photos: Stockholm, Denmark, Rostock, Taunus

DENMARK | Monday, 8 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Taunus

GERMANY | Monday, 8 Mar 2010 | Views [223]

Took ferry, Prinz Joachim, to Rostock, 10.55am.  Arrived 12.45, terminal a nightmare for cyclists or pedestrians.  Found cycle path by accident, cycled 20km using garmin navigation to Rostock main station.  Caught the, delayed, 3.10pm train to Hamburg ... Read more >


Cycling across Denmark

DENMARK | Monday, 8 Mar 2010 | Views [213]

Spent 3 days cycling from Copenhagen to Gedser, covering 72, 98 and 36 Km.  Most of the country was covered in snow, it was cold but I had a slight following breeze and the sun shone.  I was the only touring cyclist.  After following picturesque routes, day ... Read more >


Stockholm to Denmark

DENMARK | Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | Views [226]

Cycled 8km in the dark, on icy roads with snow falling to Stockholm Central station.  Garmin GPS brilliant, kept rerouting me as I made wrong turnings.  Got the 11.06 sleeper to Malmo. Caught the 6.42 train to Copenhagen.  The bridge/tunnel is not particularly ... Read more >


Helsinki to Stockholm

FINLAND | Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | Views [445]

Took a sleeper from Moscaw to Helsinki.  The ticket, prebooked, was delivered to my carriage on the Trans Mongolian.  The train was similar but more modern than the previous one.  Arrived in Helsinki to light rain and snow.  There were puddles everywhere ... Read more >


Photos: Helsinki and Turku

FINLAND | Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Trans Mongolian Train

MONGOLIA | Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Moscow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Views [203]

Had 8hrs in Moscow.  An hour was spent finding a bank, getting Roubles and then putting the bike in left luggage.  Braved the metro to try to get to Red Square.  Failed because my Garmin GPS had the centre of Moscow east of Red Square and the Kremlin.... Read more >


Trans Mongolian Train

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Views [251]

6 days on the train through China (1 day), blanketed by smog, mostly agricultural once through the mountains North of Beijing.  Looked dry and the dominant colour was a dirty light brown.  In Norther china light covering of snow.  Mongolia , (1 day) ... Read more >


To the Great Wall

CHINA | Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 | Views [242]

Took the subway from Chongwenmen, walked there,huge queues at Beijing Railway Station, to Xizhimen.  Then walked about 100m to Beijing North Railway Station, a huge new polished granite and glass station, with no automatic ticket machines.  Waited 75 ... Read more >


Photos: Beijing

CHINA | Sunday, 21 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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To Beijing

CHINA | Sunday, 21 Feb 2010 | Views [286]

Cycled from the Hotel in Tianjin to Tanggu station, 14 km with many detours because of cycling prohibited roads, and thundering juggernauts.  Weather a bit on the warm side, 10-12 degrees.  It was a bit like, I imagine, a cross between Los Angeles ... Read more >

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To Tianjin

CHINA | Sunday, 21 Feb 2010 | Views [295]

Most crowded subway train in 3 years to Incheon, 2km cycling amongst juggernauts at docks, recycled city buses for transport to and from ship, ship good, 2hrs to disembark through immigration, no taxis at terminal, 1/2 km walk across a deserted car ... Read more >


Photos: Ferry to China

CHINA | Sunday, 21 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Packing etc.

SOUTH KOREA | Sunday, 14 Feb 2010 | Views [358]

Keeping the weight down to can carry a bike in my luggage needs attention. Planning the trip, I loaded the bike, travelled about 20km, everything mostly worked.  Now I have to make sure I can load and unload the bike.  The pictures are of preparations.... Read more >

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Photos: Starting out

SOUTH KOREA | Sunday, 14 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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