France 2018 – to the Auvergne (made it!!) – days 12 -14

21st September (Day 12) What a day – wine, water, pumps and STRESS When in the comfort of our homes we tend to take for granted all that happens automatically – like turning a tap on and water comes out. I’ve been on about the water pressure for a day or two now, suspecting the […]

France 2018 – to the Auvergne (maybe)

10th September (Day 1) Off to the Ferry And so we depart for France once again mes amis. Pardon my schoolboy French, I’m probably not even at schoolboy level having departed that beloved institution more than 40+ years ago. Why the Auvergne? Well this is an area we have never been to before and we […]

Tiptoe through the Tulips……….

Tiptoe through the tulips…………… Netherlands: 6th May Some of you may recall that infamous song made famous by Tiny Tim (6’ 2”) in 1968 – for those hipsters reading this…. What the hell is he talking about …. Google it! Off we go again in Hilma – last time we were out it was -3°C […]

To Alsace & back – Days 8 & 9

Eguisheim to Millery – 13th October So we leave the beautiful autumn golden vines of the Alsace to turn our noses North for our homeward journey. We are not in a hurry though, we are going to take 4 days to get back to the ferry and enjoy the slow drive back. Climbing out of […]

To Alsace & back – Day 7

Eguisheim to Husserain-les-Chateau (circular walk) – 12th October Today we left the bikes behind and set off on our pieds. Boots laced up, rucksack full of food, drink and coats stuffed inside, off we set into some pretty moody looking skies hanging over the Vosges Mountains. The Alsace is the second driest place in France […]

To Alsace & back – Day 6

Wettolsheim & Turckheim – 11th October Today was our first cycle around the area – we had planned to cycle to Wettolsheim, walk around the market, buy some pain and vegetables and cycle back to Hilma. On arrival at Wettolsheim we came across a huge open air grotto – a memorial to the fallen in […]

To Alsace & back – Day 4

To Eguisheim – 9th October Quite an early start for us, but before we set off the man in in his little smart car came and collected our 5 euro for the pleasure of staying overnight. The previous night was free – I think the difference here is you can stay longer than the 48hrs […]

To Alsace & back – Day 3

8th October Lac du Val Joly, Eppe-Sauvage Before leaving our overnight stop we decided now that we no longer have Raggs we need to do some brisk walking (good cross-training to compliment my running). Walking down to the lake we found a mini entertainment complex rather like a smaller version of Center Parcs. Lots of […]

To Alsace & back – Day 2

< The Ferry – 7th October Today was an early start – this was to be our first foray onto a ferry (sounds like a good soundbite – foray onto a ferry – I think I’ll copyright it and then the BBC can buy it off me for some exhorbitant fee and make some cheap […]

North Coast 500 – Days 1-3

5th May And they’re off – like a ferret down the trousers, like a greyhound out the trap, like Red Rum winning the Grand National – more like a snail with the scent of a Pansy in it’s olfactory senses. After the stress of getting the dash light sorted (previous post) we were all packed […]