Brussels

The sign┬ásays France and an arrow points that way, there could not be clearer sign that I am leaving the country. It is probably the tenth time I go under the Channel using the shuttle service but it’s the first time I do with a motorbike. I don’t┬áremember seeing motorbikes the other times I took…

England

Damage done, the offer on the flat was accepted, I can now leave Scotland and start the long meandering way towards the southern sun. The first stop is Cumbria and lunch with the Winders in Wigton. The temptation is there to retrace the route i cycled last year, but the time is limited and the…

Scotland

And the trip on the water was so much better this time. Non of the drama of the way over to Ireland and that much quicker too. Got into Troon late in the afternoon and made my way up to Glasgow and then over to Fintry where I was going to spend a couple of…

Ireland

Carrick-On-Suir 1/9/15 A few great days spent in the company of Dermot Siobhan and the kids. I remember something Tarn always said to me when we met them: “true friends are the ones you can, not see for a long time, and yet still feel you pick up from where you left it.”. Staying with…

Vroom, vroom

Modena 27/8/15 So it starts again, this time though with a bit of a difference, I’ll be picking up new wheels, still two, but this time between them there will be an 800 cc engine. I get up early and pick up the stuff that is already packed. For a change I have done all…

Finish rest reload

Something I had not been doing for a long time I did believe I could do it and I did it. I got to Vieste and my sister in 8 days completing more than 530 miles in the scorching heat in just 8 days. The last day was a bit of a trial for several…

Of long riding and good food

Once you get going, you go further and further.   Sleeping on lake Trasimeno was the last of the hot nights. It did not rain but there were plenty of lightnings that I spent the evening admiring from my lake front lounger. In the morning I was ready to roll and eager to leave Tuscany,…

Posting again

A week is a long time in politics If that is the case then my life must be worst than politics. Last time I posted on the blog I was going to hike the Appennini and then start planning the big hike in Israel, now the former has not happened and the later is in…

Parking the bicycle for the summer

Getting to 7000 on foot. I am back; it’s been a while since the last post, but quite a bit has happened. First I took ten days off to recover from not sleeping in a proper bed. I got back to Italy to find that my dad was still in hospital but all the signs…

One month on

It is precisely a month since I left Rabat and abandoned my African adventure and opted for rest and rerouting. Hindsight, the only exact science, has proved me right. In this month we have seen an escalation of the terrorist related activities across three different continents, sadly including Australasia. Fortunately no sign of problems in…