THE 2019 ROUTE
My 2019 cycling odyssey takes me through 5 countries via a mix of trains, bicycle and plane.
Starting in London my bike and I will be catching the Eurostar train to Brussels. There I switch to a 'local' train that will take me and the bike to Luxembourg City. Then I ride the 40-50 km to the western German town of Trier to meet up with a bunch of retired airline pilots and a software developer and together we ride the Mosel river down to where it meets the Rhine. From there its onto Frankfurt where they will depart and return home. That first segment being about 310 km (Luxmebourg City to Frankfurt) . For me I will then ride to Hanover, approximately 360 km, meet up with Gareth.W (who has joined me on my two previous long distance bike rides for various period of time) and together we ride the Elbe River all the way to Prague in the Czech Republic (approximately 550 km). In total the ride should be about 1,200 km.
I started cycling April 6, 2018 from the southern most point of continental Europe which is the small coastal town of Tarifa in Southern Spain. A mere 14 KM from the African continent.
From Tarifa, I headed northeast along the Spanish coastline to Malaga before heading inland towards Granada. From here I crossed inland through Albacete and then re-joined the coast at Valencia.
My route then took me up to Barcelona, over into France at Perpignan and along the southern French coastline to Montpellier. Then it was directly north up the Rhone valley to Lyon. Turning slightly northeast, I passed through Besancon crossing over the border with Germany near Strasbourg.
The route then headed north up the Rhine Valley passing nearby Frankfurt am Main and on to Koblenz, then Cologne and Dortmund before visiting Hamburg. From here I cycled into Denmark passing through Copenhagen then across to Sweden and up its west coast to the Norwegian capital city of Oslo.
After Olso I headed almost directly north passing through Elverum and Koppang, up to Trondheim, then on to Tromso and Alta before finally reaching Nordkapp in the very far north of Norway.
A mere 7,000 KM (approx).
The 2018 Route
The 2017 Route
Cycling started April 28, 2017 as I set off from our home in London to an Italian village called Fosdinovo which lies some 50 km north of Pisa along the west coast of Italy. My route would take me from Richmond in south west London to Canterbury Cathedral via Tunbridge Wells. From Canterbury I picked up the Via Francigena pilgrims route that goes all the way to the Vatican. The route was via Calais in France, Arras, Reims, Troyes and Besancon. Into Switzerland and onto Lausanne, Martigny and up and over the Grand St Bernard Pass. Then over into Italy and through Ivrea, Vercelli, Piacenza, Aulla, and Sarzana. After a weeks recuperation in Fosdinovo I decided to press onto Rome and rode via the pilgrims route through Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena, Lake Boselo and onto the forecourt of St Peters.