Stress Free

We’ve been cycling for a week now and it’s been a colourful mixture of emotions.
We left Budapest with high spirits but seedy stomaches and it seemed that we all had brought a little tummy bug with us from the UK. Not exactly the way you want to be feeling when trying to navigate through a major city on your way to a 6 week cycling and camping adventure. We soon learnt that Hungary lacks public toilets along with the fact that our non-existent route planning meant that our “stress free” cycle tour was going to be far from stress free.
Don’t get me wrong, we’ve spent the last week cycling through beautiful scenery but it turns out we are a little early in the season as most camping grounds don’t seem to open their doors till may…. Actually it seems that even hotels seem to have the same philosophy and we have been forced to cycle much further than planned each day just to find somewhere to sleep and have had to ask for the help and kindness of the locals. The warmth & hospitality that we’ve been given in Hungary and Slovakia so far is incredible. We are learning quickly that the girls melt ALL hearts and people welcome them with open arms (lucky we’re the parents).
So week number 1 has been more difficult than expected but we are all feeling fit and ready for the next section, Vienna to Passau. We have a couple of days to explore beautiful Vienna, a city I’ve always dreamt of going to, and here we are. Pretty damn excited to be showing the girls this gorgeous city. Will post some more picture soon.
Until then we’ll just keep pedalling.

Back to the randomness

 

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We have been off the radar a bit we know… but its been a huge month full of family, friends, fun & laughter.

At the end of our New Zealand leg we were also being slack with updates as things wen’t going very smoothly. We rode into some foul weather coupled with our spokes continually breaking and everything became a little too difficult. We ended up being rescued from our generous host Alan in Christchurch and decided to end our trip off on a good note, enjoying the luxury of a warm and cosy B&B and seeing the sights of Christchurch that we’d missed the first time round. Continue reading

Broken Spokes & Happy Folk

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We have now cycled over 1000Km with our two little girls in tow, and we couldn’t be more proud of how well the girls are doing.  At the planning stage of our trip we were fully prepared for this trip not to work, but so far the girls seem to love it! Every day is a new adventure, each campsite is full of new places to explore and new people to jabber to. Their confidence, speech and independence has all grown immensely over the past 6 weeks and it’s hugely impressive to see how they take everything in their stride. In fact they have adjusted to the life on the road easier than we have!

It had been nearly 3 years since we last did any proper cycling, and couple that with the added weight of the girls (and all the essentials that go along with camping with 18 month old twins), Continue reading