Month: Apr 2018

Planning for the start in Singapore

Planning for the start in Singapore

In 138 days we will be starting our cycle tour in the city-state of Singapore. This will be the first time we have both visited not only Singapore, but anywhere in SE Asia. There are a few reasons we chose Singapore as our starting point. Continue reading →

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The Highs, Lows and Lessons Learnt on the ‘Slow Tour of Yorkshire’

The Highs, Lows and Lessons Learnt on the ‘Slow Tour of Yorkshire’

The highlights of my first cycle tour:

By Lucia

  • Embracing slow and meaningful travel; listening, taking notice of my surroundings, landscape, nature and people.
  • Spending quality (real quality) time with Adam. Learning from him. I love cycling with him – we have such a laugh together. He’s not only my husband but my best friend; he makes me laugh when I’m in a grump and toughens me up when I’m feeling weak. (Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we bicker, but it only takes a few hundred metres of pedalling for us to cool off and all is forgotten!) Nothing beats cycling alongside each other on a quiet, deserted country road, discussing us, the future, now or any other random things! Or cycling in peaceful silence – enjoying and soaking up the views and the sounds and nature around us.

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Episode Two – The Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Episode Two – The Slow Tour of Yorkshire

In preparation for our upcoming tour in South East Asia, we took our bikes on a “Slow Tour of Yorkshire”. Yorkshire is our home county and as we currently live in Cyprus, we don’t often get to spend time there. We both happened to have time off work at the same time so we decided to go on a short practise tour with our new bikes (you can watch our first episode where we buy the bikes at this link. Continue reading →

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Cycle Touring for the First Time: A Beginner’s Perspective

Cycle Touring for the First Time: A Beginner’s Perspective

With both Surly disc truckers purchased and eagerly awaiting their first ride, we wasted no time in setting off on our very first bicycle tour together. For those of you who may not have read our other posts, Adam is the experienced cycle tourist with several cycling expeditions in Europe under his belt. I, on the other hand, am the experienced tea-drinker and cake-eater, who can be found curled up next to the fire with my favourite book or most recent crochet project. However, as previously mentioned in my first blog post, ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’, I am determined to continue to relish new experiences and, in preparation for our ‘Big Trip’ (as I keep calling it), push myself out of my comfort zone.

And I certainly did on our ‘Slow Tour of Yorkshire’. In a good way! A learnt a lot about bicycle touring, and a lot about myself. In total, we cycled 203 miles from Halifax in West Yorkshire to Hornsea on the East Coast and back again in a circular route. Continue reading →

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Episode One – Buying the Touring Bikes

Episode One – Buying the Touring Bikes

Here is the first video on our YouTube channel. In this video, we purchase our touring bikes for the upcoming trip. The plan is to release a short 5-10 min video every few weeks on the tour. It will be pretty challenging but we have the time to film and hopefully edit. If you enjoy this video, it would be awesome if you could subscribe to our YouTube channel. Enjoy! Continue reading →

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One bike bought. One to go

One bike bought. One to go

Lucia and I have flown to the UK from Cyprus with the aim of leaving with two fully kitted up touring bikes. After reading this Blog Post by Tom Allen, we decided to head to Cycle Heaven in York. The reviews of the shop seemed very positive and after phoning them to see if they would be open on the Easter weekend, I was very impressed by their positivity and knowledge on the phone when I asked them about buying touring bikes. Continue reading →

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