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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Feel the fear and do it anyway

Lucia’s first blog post

I’ve never been a ‘sporty’ person. I’ve never been the type of person who relishes physical challenges. Growing up, at primary school I was more interested in devising dances to the newest Spice Girls single, which grew into performing in dance shows alongside my like-minded friends at the ‘Performing Arts College’ we attended. Alongside this, my love of singing grew and grew. At university, my buzzes came from serenading audiences with ‘Porgi, amor’ in our annual opera at The Leeds College of Music, rather than boozy netball tours. I have, until this point, had my ‘comfort zone’, and (unsurprisingly) been very comfortable in it! Until now. Continue reading →

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The Plan on a Page – Version One

“For tomorrow belongs to the people that plan for it today.” African Proverb.

When we decided to quit our jobs to travel, a whole world of opportunity was presented to us. With all of this choice, how do you decide where and how to travel? With great difficulty, that’s how. Pretty early we decided that we wanted to travel slow and deliberately. To travel not only to the tourist attractions but to all of the places in between. Cycling is the perfect fit. Travelling at 13 miles an hour will allow us to make some progress but also get a real sense of the environment we will be travelling through.

Deciding on the route was more difficult. We were keen to fly somewhere and start our adventure there. There is something about being dropped into a strange land that makes the journey seem even more exciting.
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Welcome to Cycling Two

“So have you got a plan?”

I’ve been asked this question countless times since I handed in my notice to leave the Army. The standard stock answer from an Army Officer goes something like, “Yes, I am going into project management” or “I’m looking at going into consultancy”.

When I’m asked this question and reply that I am planning to travel for a year I usually receive further interrogation. Travelling isn’t really a job and what they really wanted to know is what am I planning to do as a career after the Army.

When I say that I’m planning to go on a bike ride for a year, I usually receive a puzzled expression followed by:

“Mate, that’s awesome!”, “I wish I could do that”, “have you got a bike yet?” or “is your Mrs OK with that?”

Is she OK with that? She’s handed in her notice as well!”

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