Finishing Work and Leaving Cyprus (53 days until we start the journey)

Finishing Work and Leaving Cyprus (53 days until we start the journey)

A post by Adam

The last few months have been eventful for us both. After handing our notices months ago, we have finally finished work. Lucia had her last day as a primary school teacher in Cyprus. It’s always difficult to say goodbye but it was nice that she finished the school year with her class before they broke up for the summer. The excitement of the upcoming trip has helped us both to leave but it is always difficult to say farewell to the friends we have made, especially when you know it is unlikely we will see them again. Continue reading →

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92 days before we leave for Singapore

92 days before we leave for Singapore

A post by Adam

It feels like the journey is still so far away but in reality, 92 days will come around in no time at all. We’re both only have a few weeks of work left before we finish for the summer. As well as work, we are in the process of selling most of our furniture and belongings and saving money. Our house is already looking much emptier. The TV and Ikea furniture have all gone. We still need to sell our car, some more furniture and generally declutter. It feels liberating, removing all of these unnecessary items from my life. Continue reading →

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123 days to go and our bikes are 2000 miles away

123 days to go and our bikes are 2000 miles away

I’m finding it hard to live in the moment, especially when I have so much to look forward too. On the front screen of my phone, I have a number of countdowns. Every day I am reminded of how many days I have left at work and how many days until we fly to Singapore. This is my last 10 weeks in the Army. I’m sure the time will fly by so I need to try and make the most of these last few weeks as I’m sure I’ll miss it when I’m gone. Continue reading →

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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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