Cycle Budda Life Ep3

Ryburn Valley High School Two Day Mini Tour

This month a school in Calderdale, Ryburn Valley High School required my assistance in leading a two day mountain bike tour.  The students were from Year 7 and Year 8 and are part of the Ryburn Adventure Tour Cycle Club that Mr Duffy has set up at the school.

The students set off from their school Friday afternoon and stopped at the Vandals Rugby Club House.  The rides were about 20 miles in length each day and included some very big hills.

The kids were amazing and supported each other through the whole event.  You can see the two routes here Day 1 / Day 2.  The weather was amazing for  the whole trip.  A few images below.

 

North Halifax Grammar School Coast to Coast Ride

We are in the third year of running our coast 2 coast school fund raising ride.  Each year so far we have raised over £10,000 for the school.  This year we are doing the Way of the Roses route which is 170 miles in length.  The students carry their own gear and cook their own food on single burner stoves.  If you would like to support their ride in the way of a donation please click on the link to the money giving website.  Please share the link with like minded souls.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C3

Cycle Budda Life Ep1

Diary of a Lifestyle Cyclist and Tourer

I have several bikes in my shed, bedroom, cellar and conservatory.  All very different.  A carbon race bike that does not get much use.  A fatbike gets more use than the carbon bike.  A steel utility tourer with Rohloff hub and a cross bike in bits.

This morning I jumped on the steel steed and with all the snowy weather we have had recently a lot of salt has been put down on the roads.  When I jumped on it this morning I knew something was not right.  The Rohloff had spun around and the wheel was twisted.  How? I do not know, it was running fine the last time I got off it!  One thing for sure all the salt put down to combat the snow has not helped, even though I did give it a quick rinse before I put it away a few days ago.  I had to hot foot it back to the shed.  Choices, fatbike, no not this time, people might think I was riding it because of the snow and that had all gone.  Cross bike in pieces, Carbon bike, it will have to be even though I really did not want to.  I justified the decision with the fact carbon can’t rust as far as I am aware.  Now, the race bike had been serviced a few months ago and not been ridden since….. Chain Snap eh oh that is easy to fix.

My point…. I came across the saying the number of bikes you should own is n+1, with n being the current number of bikes you already have.

Now I love this.  I constantly look at bike websites and wish I had most of them.  I am not into slick race bikes anymore so I can give or take them.  But any sexy utility, tourer and everyday bike I am all over it!  But due to space I have been on a mission to find the perfect one bike!  Let me tell you I don’t think it can exist if only for the reason you need another bike to jump on to when your current one fails between your legs.  It is a bit like having an AA membership if you own a car.  You need a conveyor belt of bikes to go through in turn.  One you are riding, one in the workshop and two in ready in the shed waiting to go.  So if you are a lifestyle cyclist that needs a bike for commute, shopping and fun I will put a number on five bikes minimum.

Current Bike Project

The Cannondale cross bike that I have has been to battle with cycle touring and was showing the scars from a couple of coast to coasts and the excellent ride back from Spain on the Velodyssey route.  It was an amazing trip.  My partner her nine year old and myself all the way on the coastal route if you want to see beautiful things and jump in the sea then it is a must do tour.  You can see how we got on in previous posts.  Anyway the bike did an amazing job.  The only problem is that the paint work got a bit tatty.  So I have jazzed it up with a metallic purple powercoat which looks cool.

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It is also getting built up in a different style.  I am going for SOMA Sparrow bars.  MTB 1×11 shifting and Hydro disc brakes.  Brooks saddle.  It will look the bee’s knee’s when it is built up.  Some stuff is just starting to trickle through, so the tools are coming out.

So far the brakes and BB have come.  The handlebars should be here in the next week.  By the end of next week we should of seen some progress that I will share with you.

 

NHGS Cycle Fundrasier

Starting on the 15th July forty two teenage students are cycling the Way of the Roses route, coast to coast from Morecambe to Bridlington.  It is 170 miles over some tough hills in the Yorkshire Dales.  The really cool thing is they are carrying their own gear and cooking their own meals.  Being completely independent and showing grit and resilience.  It is the third time the school has done a coast to coast ride to raise money and the student manage to get about £10,000 each time the ride has run.  Please show your support to the students and donate on their Money Giving Page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C3 Please share this link with as many people as you can, the students will really appreciate it.

Eyewear

If you are in need of sport eyewear that has removable lens and can be made prescription please consider these specs from Sunwise.

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The profit, around £15 for each pair will go towards the C2C ride above.  Please contact:  Stewart Mitchell (Eyecare) LLP, 81 Godwin Street, Bradford, BD1 2SH, Call 01274 723362, http://sidneyfraser.co.uk/

Here to Help

I may be able to assist you in the following ways:

  1. You want to dust off your old bike and commute to work but want to build up some confidence.
  2. You would like a guided tour around Calderdale/Yorkshire.
  3. You want help setting up a local cycle club.
  4. You want to set up and host a cycle fund raising activities/event.

e-mail me at djugroop@gmail.com and we can talk about your cycling requirements.  No harm in asking to see what we can do!

Upcoming Rides, Tours and Fundraising

The next few cycling escapades in order of completion include:

April 3rd – April 5th:  I will be undertaking my Advanced Mountain Bike Leader Award.  I already hold the Multi Day Tour Leader Award which is suitable for long tours on the road.  Being able to confidently take groups off the tarmac and into some beautiful, peaceful countryside is the main advantage and incentive of holding the Advanced MTB Award.  Both awards have been led and organised by Cycling UK (CTC).   https://www.cyclinguk.org/courses-and-training.

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May 26th 2018 – May 29th 2018:  Coast to Coast ride (Way of the Roses) with a small group of teenagers.  This will be about twenty young kids tackling the 170 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington.

July 15th 2018 – July 18th 2018:  Coast to Coast ride (Way of the Roses) with NHGS.  Forty one students will be riding to raise money for their school.  Please donate here  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C3.  For information on the route click this link:  http://wayoftheroses.info/route.

July 21st 2018 – July 23rd 2018:  I will be doing the 98 mile off road West Highland Way.  For this trip I will be travelling light and doing some proper bikepack bivvying 🙂  You can find information from the official site here.  https://www.westhighlandway.org/.

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July 28th 2018 – August 13th 2018:  Cycle tour of the first half of the river Danube.  Starting in the Black Forest of Germany and ending 1300km later in Budapest, Hungary.  This is the offical site for the route.  https://www.danube-cycle-path.com/.

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As I do the routes I will be blogging more frequently to inform you of the cycling to inspire ideas and trips of your own.

 

 

 

 

Santander to UK: Up to Ille d orleon

On Day 6 we crossed the border into France it was a very hot day we had a massive climb to get to San Sabastian and we were feeling really good on the bikes. The road was really quiet and shady so we got to the top in no time at all. From San Sabastian there was another big climb and the day was hotter and there was no shade. I was drenched in sweat and my hands were slipping all over the bars it was really uncomfortable. When we got to the top my head was about to explode with the heat. A couple came to our rescue and gave us some ice cold water. It was much needed. We ended up in a campsite called Ametza it was lovely and the receptionist was very helpful, but it was not quiet at night, even though they said they had strict quiet times. It was probably the worst I have been on for teenages talking by our tent the whole night.

Day 7 we rode to a campsite called le Pavilion Royal in Bidart. This campsite was really nice and we had a cool pitch under some trees everyone respected the silent times at night it was very peaceful. For food that night we made tea on the beach and saw an amazing sunset. It was a stunning view as we had the mountains as a back drop it was unforgettable. Eva was happing playing in the surf and we were happy chilling with a bottle of wine watching natures wonder unfold before us and what makes it ultra special is knowing that you got yourself there under your own steam and effort.

Day 8 we stopped at some apartments because it was an overcast day we felt we needed to recharge everything easily. We would make up the shortage in mileage the next day. I tried to book them through Booking.com, but we got ripped off as they were shockingly horrible. None the less the bed was comfy and we had a nice sleep. The ride that day was lovely through pine forests all day long. This is when the route turned to what Rachael and myself imagined in our heads when we were reading about it.

Day 9 we made up the shortage in mileage from the day before and stopped at at a site that had been pre-booked. We got there real early too. Every site as had a pool but Eva was even more happy as this had water slides. The day was again spectacular, it was pine forests all day long and the weather was beautiful, the pine trees providing the shelter we needed. The route is so well organised, sign posted and cycle paths away from traffic I encourage anyone to do the route or parts of the route and have an adventure.

Day 10 we rode with no plan and just thought we will get a campsite on the road. We saw more pine trees and this route took us through woodland as well. We had a bit of a down pour in the morning but the rest of the day was fine. Eva had some more time in the pool and we tried to replicate our other night on the beech by taking our stuff to cook tea. We did make pasta and had wine but it was really windy. It was still nice though. A bit cloudy so we did not see a sun set that night.

The days are starting to blur at this point so I will describe what I remember over the last few days since day 10.

The route has continued to be well away from the noise of any traffic, it is just beautiful tarmac cycle paths weaving through forests, this Velodessy route is just unbelievable, the veiws you have of the coast and forest are truly life enhancing. We are passing family after family with loaded bikes, kids younger than Eva that are riding the route on their own bikes with panniers, there have been many tandems with kids this is a real family friendly route and I know a few of my friends at work will be aching to come and do it with their kids. The only thing I would say is don’t pre book your campsites that is a mistake I made, the sites in most cases have enough space for one pitch for one night. We have decided to go off the plan and play each day as it comes.

We got speaking to a cycle touring family on a site where we popped in for breakfast and he told us to go see Europes largest sand dune by going around the back and avoid the tourist, we took his advice and we near enough had the dune to ourselves. We rode further and realised just how lucky we were to avoid the tourists chomping up this single path like sheep in a traffic jam.

The other night we went to a site I had pre-booked for the previous night. On this instance they were full but the manager let us put up the tent in his garden. He had a beautiful house on the site and a beautiful grey Border Collie called Laya. He let us use the pool and all the facilities it was a truly lovely gesture.

From then we got up early and cycled to a site that had a waterpark!

We cycled 75km that day and we still arrived in the early afternoon so Eva could make best use of the park. We knew the next day we needed to cover 100km to get to our site that had been pre booked because we are spending 4 days chill time on the island of Ille d Orleon.I have been here before and knew it would be the perfect place to have a bit of non bike time. The 100km was a very hard ride. We had the strongest headwind I have ridden in. EVER! As we were in the coast it was right down our chuffing faces all day long. In the morning we had to contend we the occasional down pour. I gave up putting my coat on and off as after you got soak you were dry about 10 mins later. We got the ferry across the inlet to Royan and that was the halfway point. After the ferry it was blue skies but the wind had got stronger. To get across to the island of Ille d Orleon you need to go on a 2km bridge the wind was still coming straight on and with the trailer and all the baggage it must of been the slowest and hardest 2km of my time on a bike,it went on forever! After the bridge there was still no shelter from the wind but we only had 5km left. We made the site and it has a little lagoon that Eva got straight in after we had made our way via the pool bar for a well earned White Russian. After Eva had finished the the lagoon we set up camp and made our way to the bar for food as we were too tired to cook, the food was smashing and the red wine kept on coming whilst the evening entertainment was on.

I am currently at the side of the lagoon. We are here until the 14th then we get back on bikes for a night in Rochefort.

C2C2: The Full Story

9th July 2017

On the 9th of July six teachers set off to meet thirty six students in St Bee’s.  The students were in Year 9 to Year 10 and five students from Year 11.  Their mission was to cycle from coast to coast.  A handful of students had cycled with us last year when we did the Way of the Roses coast to coast route, but to many this was all new.  All of them had the extra challenge of carrying their gear and food and cooking their own meals on this trip.  As we got to St Bee’s school we started to unload the bus and the students started to rock up just a couple of minutes later.  Everyone was allocated a tent and they got in their sleeping groups and started to put up their tents and some parents stopped to help them out which was great.  The images below shows us setting up at the school, which they so graciously let us use for free. 




After they had set up the tents we ran through the safety of using the stoves and the students made their tea.  They had kept their meals simple and some even had to ask how to cook Super Noodles, but this was soon to change once their knowledge and confidence grew.  After they had made tea we took a one mile practice trip down to the coast to dip our toe, as in the morning we could then just set off from the school.


After we got back from our little trip to the coast it was time for a brief about the ride and the students used the stoves again to make hot drinks.


10th July 2017

When we woke the weather was horrible.  Wet and cold.  We found some shelter by the tennis courts and made our breakfast we then dropped our tents and loaded up our bikes ready to go.


When we were ready we posed for some group photos.


This day was going to be some hard riding.  We had the Winlatter climb to do which takes you through some beautiful places.  In the first couple of miles we had a few tears due to a lack of confidence and some self doubt about what they had taken on but once we settled the nerves we could crack on and prove there was nothing to worry about.


We went past some stone circles at the top of a steep climb and I told the kids to choose a stone and choose a pose.


We got to our first campsite which was Gill Head Farm.  It was lovely and after the mileage we had done a shower was most welcome.


As soon as the tents has been erected we started with our cooking and the food they were concocting was getting more and more adventurous. The students bought supplies everyday at the final stop which we always ensured was a supermarket.



As you can see from the image above one of the 6th form students had packed away a small pizza oven which was used to create a whole manner of meals.  Mr Robinson took advantage and heated up a rump steak.

11th July 2017

In the morning we woke up and got ready for the day ahead.  It was a students birthday and her dad had given us a cake so we could celebrate the occasion before we set off.


Today we were making our way to Crossfells Campsite in Penrith.  We stopped off at a cycle friendly cafe in Greystoke called the Quirky Cafe.  They had laid out table and had a few quirky little chickens walking around.

When we got to the site the students got into campsite routine and put up their tents.  There was never any complaining the whole trip about their routine each day, they just got stuck in and worked as a team to get the mission complete.

12th July 2017

The students woke up to sun after going through rain and cold each morning.  This was a lovely surprise but they did need to get up Hartside today, so this new heat would add greater difficulty.


The students got into cooking breakfast once more and it was getting a slicker and slicker process each day.

The students worked hard and the pace was just right to get them to the top where they could stuff their faces in the cafe at the top to replace the lost calories.


In the evening we were to stop at a lovely campsite called Haggs Bank in Alston.  This site had showers and we needed one after tackling Hartside in the sun.

As it got darker the midges started to come out and there were loads of them, a thick cloud of biting insects. Again, the students handled it and got in their tents after hot drinks.

13th July 2017

In the morning the midges were still vicious but we needed to put up with it, get our breakfast and set off.  Today we would do a few climbs and one of them, the final one of the whole trip is a steep hill out of Stanhope.


Some beautiful cloud formations in the morning.  Hopefully meaning good weather.


We stopped off in Allenheads for some snacks.


During the course of this ride the students rode through two counties within about the space of two hours.


We had lunch in Stanhope and did the steep climb out.  When we got to the railway track at the top, the students were told by Mr Robinson that they had just completed the last climb of the trip.  This resulted in a big cheer.



We rode into Consett which was our final nights accommodation.  The rugby club were letting us use their facilities which was very kind of them.  The club is very well managed and it was a nice place to put up a tent, but I have to admit the urban environment took a bit of getting used to.  The students did have the pitch to kick around on, but it did start to rain which cut short the evening.


14th July 2017 – Final Day

We woke up wet and cold, but the rain had stopped.  We packed up and made simple breakfasts as we needed to get rolling by 0800 to be on target to meet the parents between 1200 and 1300. We had realised over the last few days that our morning turn around time is two hours so we got up at 0600.


As we were riding the day just got warmer and warmer so we had to strip layers off as we took breaks.

As soon as we got into Newcastle by the Tyne it was time to start to take pictures.


We stopped in a cafe called The Cycle Hub, it is on the Tyne about 11 miles from the finish.  At this location we gave awards and speeches to the students that had really stood out over the week.  Everybody did an amazing job, but there were some students that had really become part of the team and realised that there was a bigger plan that needed to be finished and these students were rightly recognised for their effort.  It was a brilliant location for the awards as we had outside seating all together in the courtyard.


The finish was getting close and like last year I picked some students to lead the team to the finish.  On this ride the team were the Year 11’s as they had done both C2C rides and I really believe they love the lifestyle and zen of cycle touring.  About 500 meters from the end I stopped the group and shook their hands.  I could see parents in the distance.  The Year 11’s took over and rode us in in style.  As the students had to ride as part of a touring team they have to ride to the pace of the leader which is slower than they would like to ride.  This is so we keep as a group, but also a pace to get them from one end of the country to the other in one piece and in a condition to enable them to ride again day after day. So at the finish I told the students to “unleash the beast” that had been tamed during the rest of the ride and they sprinted to the finish. 


Summary

This was an amazing experience for the students.  They were self sufficient and were trusted to look after their meals and to think about other people before thinking of themselves.  The students returned that trust by behaving brilliantly.  I was told by cafe owners how well behaved the students were and I was told by other cycle tourers how organised the students were to work together on the road to make an incredible team.  I have always believed, but it highlighted to me how silly our modern ideas are.  We blame, protect and restrict at all the wrong times and narrow the experiences and enjoyment of ourselves and our students.  We need to be out and enjoy the world more and stop the fixation with man made systems within every sector of our world.  Within education these are targets and qualifications, if they are enjoying what they are doing the rest will come automatically.

I need to thank a few people.  Firstly the parents for allowing your children to undertake this task.  Thank you for all the effort you put into fund raising and buying plus setting up bikes and gear.  Your trust is greatly appreciated and I hope they have had a good time.

The students for responding to advice, working as a team and keeping us all safe on the road.  I told the students at every opportunity, cycle touring is all about being professional from start to finish.  We can’t just ride care free as a big group.  We need to be organised and look out for each other.  The students followed that advice and that is how we came over the line as one pack of fully trained cyclists, everyone that started, finished.

I would like to thank the leadership team at school that allowed the trip to go ahead.  The finance team have been great keeping a track of the fund raising efforts and Debbie in the kitchen was brill getting her supplier to gives us some spare food for the journey.

The staff team Kirsty, Nic, Robbo, Andrew and Sue.  Thank you for your effort, thank you for believing in the principles of a cycle trip.  Your professionalism and zen is why this trip can go ahead.

A ‘normal’ bicycle does not need recharging and it does not prompt you for an update.  With a simple bit of knowledge you can fix most breakages or get to some where to get it fixed.  It saves our planet, saves our resources and can take you places you only dreamed of.  So my advice would be don’t dream, ride bikes, have fun and see the world and empower yourself with the knowledge it is all done by you!  

C2C2 Starting Today

We are finally here!  After a successful week at Year 9 Camp we are now taking 36 NHGS students are riding coast 2 coast from St Bee’s to Tynemouth to raise money to kit out their sports hall with fitness equipment. They have raised £7800 so far and would really like your help.  The link is at the bottom of the post if you wish to donate.

The students are carrying their own gear and cooking their own food.  A marvellous effort for 13-16 year olds!

Bikes should be getting loaded as we post!

To the participants.  Excellent effort with your fundraising, the school is very proud of you.  Here’s to a good week ahead and I will see you in St Bee’s at 1600 this evening 🙂

http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C2

Canada to Mexico Day 38 FINAL

This morning we awoke at Julie’s our warm showers host and it was an easy start because we had no tents to pack away, no breakfast to make etc.  Julie took us to a place down on the beach for breakfast and I finally saw the lads struggle with some food.  They had an egg burrito for breakie and Julie says they put about eight eggs in each one!

I had a normal sized meal, or so I thought because Julie’s came out first and she ordered a small, it was huge.  

After food Julie took us to the pier and gave us a run down or where certain stuff was, again a wonderful host and a really interesting person.  Thank you so much for your help Julie, you are always welcome at a little spot called Halifax, if you fancy leaving the sun, surf, food behind 🙂

The lads followed me for a while on their bikes before they took off to box Gab’s bike up while I continued further to Mexico.

That’s it complete. Got to the border at lunchtime today. Need to get the picture off my camera. Bit of an anti climax it was like riding into Dover and expecting a brass band to be playing. The route was lovely as you will see from the pictures. It is always amazing how a shuffle playlist always picks the right tracks. As I was approaching I had Monty Python, always look on the bright side if life and Pete Doherty for lovers. Going to get ready and have a big night with Eugene tonight, after we have had a nice meal with Gab of course! Before he catches his plane.

I am so looking forward to getting my video footage edited with some cool music to set the tone.

Thanks to all the people that fainted an interest in my little trip. I am desperately planning the next one in my mind at the mo. I know convention suits most people but for some reason it just does not do it for me I think that is why I did not do my blog for a few days in San Fran, I got a bit depressed cause you just gotta keep on moving and making progress.

Italy next and the via faratas that I got told about at year 9 camp. Or maybe Norway in the summer this time, or maybe the east coast, or maybe Colorado, or maybe kayak the Amazon or maybe………….. 

After I got back from the border I met up with Gab and Eugene and we went for some food before we went to the bike shop to pick up his boxed bike and he was then going to get a taxi to the airport.

We and Eugene then had to get to the hotel which is about seven miles away.  It was very scary on the main roads when it was getting a bit darker and I was quite worried, but we managed, after asking, to find a bike path that took us straight to the hotel.

I am now watching Gravity, whilst eating as many cookies as possible.  The diet starts on the 28th or 29th…. I have not decided yet!  🙂


Canada to Mexico Day 27

Day 27: Monterey to Pacific Valley
70 mile / 6000 ft Accent
WOW WOW WOW!!! We had a good ride today, but first let me tell you about last night.
We stopped at the hiker/biker site in Monterey and the site was lovely but there were a few homeless people using it when we set up which was not a problem. As I think I have already told you, me and Carl went to get the best burger on the planet and Carl OD’d on pudding.
We got back to the site and Gabryel Lemay and Eugène Gendron-de Vettewere set up and having tea. There was also another couple that we have got friendly with David and Maddie. They are really cool. Riding from San Fran to San Diego. David has done a lot of touring before and it is Maddie’s first time and she is loving it. They have invited us to a beach party when we get to Malibu Beach. Can’t wait for that!!!
Anyway when we got back we were tired from the days ride and went to bed. That is when it all went a pear shaped, all night long there were more homeless joining the pitches right next to us, they all seemed very nice, but they were making a lot of noise and arguing within themselves right until about 0400 in the morning. The good thing is that cause they were making all the noise it kept the racoons away.
Me an Carl got up really early and left to meet at a supermarket (Safeway) we were not hanging around to make breakfast because we had forgot to stock up. I did not know there were too ways out of the site, but Carl had picked up on this with the instructions the day before. So when I was at the store I phoned Carl to ask how we are not together and I had gone to the wrong store 5 miles away. By the time I corrected my error and met the boys I had done 6 miles more and 1200ft of accent. Don’t worry the day got a lot better.
We knew we had a hard ride over some big hills around Big Surr so we said this needs to be paced properly to make it fresh. We stopped at the Big Surr Info Centre for lunch and as I was leaving on the iPod came the The Thrills, Don’t Go Back To Big Surr. I did not plan it it was on random. How crazy out of about 6000 songs that came on!!
Anyway, tonights accommodation is a warm shower host. We said we would be there at 1700 and we got to his at 1655. We paced this ride like pro’s. Everyone knew a job had to be done and we did it in style!!! Arriving pumped, fresh and in the zone, I don’t think I have had a better day on a touring ride in my life. Beautiful scenery, amazing banter (Eugene) being cool trying to jump on a pole but falling on his ass in front of loads of people made me laugh by sides silly.
Our host tonight is Richard Martin and his hospitality has been amazing. He has stuffed us full of pasta, ice cream, sorted us out with goodies for our ride. We have done our laundry, we have wifi. He said he is going to make us waffles for breakfast. I cannot state enough how generous all the warm shower hosts have been. Richard is the fifth one we have used on this trip and I am completely over whelmed by how cool people can be. Oh yeh, he has the same Pink Floyd album cover as my jersey but as a massive picture on his wall. COOL!
About 5 miles from the end of tho ride I bumped into Jesse. The guy I saw a couple of weeks ago. He was at the end of the Trans America tour and just decided to add on a few miles, he was going in a different direction so the fact I saw him was strange. I said to the boys, I am sure that is Jesses bike and it was. We had a chat, I told him that his tattoos inspired me to get mine done. He was like that is so cool and took a picture of it. Good meet up.
TODAY WAS AMAZING!!!!! We knocked the hell out of the miles like biking gods.

Canada to Mexico Day 11


Can’t believe that I am just up yo day 11 and I have another 30 odd of this stuff!  I still have to reach the state of Calafornia and the Redwood Giants, San Fran, LA, San Diego.  Each day though you just do your bit.  60 odd mile each day and Mexico will come to me.  The thing is I think I don’t ever want to reach it cause it means I will be near coming home!

This morning I left Cape Look Out.  A gorgeous campsite, right on the beach.  All the normal campsite service again a state park so it only cost $6 which is about £3.  Cool.  This is a really cheap way on travelling.  Once you have the air fair out the way you can do everything else on a shoe string.

Out of the campsite there was a big hill that all the bikers on the site were a bit concerned about.  Being from Yorkshire.  I got up and did my bit.  Up to the top.  Through the fog.  Then got that image that always looks good.  The one where you are on top above the clouds.  The compact does not do it justice though, everything seems so far away though that lens.

I was riding towards a bay Called Depoe Bay and it is known for trapping sea fog at this time of the year and today was one of those days.  When you cycled above the fog you were in blue skies, red hot.  Then the road would come down and you would enter this really really cold fog.

I got to this cafe called the Village Cafe and had my breakfast, omelette, fruit and toast.  All for $7.  But I did not even pay.  A couple of ladies I were chatting to on the opposite table said they would foot the bill.  How lovely! 

On the road I bumped into a couple, how do I put it politely, a bit more mature than me and they have been on the road for four years. They have been all over.  Their blog details are below if you are interested. 

Esther Tacke / Warren Sanders
http://www.estherwarren.wordpress.com
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Further on up the road I bumped into a guy called Jesse.  He was doing the Trans America route.  East Coast to West Coast.  Been at it for 80 days.  He was so cool!  I started thinking why American girls are meant to like the English accent etc, cause some of these American dudes have their shit together.  Jesse had the cool tats, the dreads a cool bushy beard.  The cool thing about guys like him is they are not up their own ass at all and they make you feel like you are the coolest thing on the planet.  Such a nice man.  He was so excited cause he was from the East Coast and he was about to see the sea again since leaving home.  I told him about the campsite that I stopped at then he was even more excited.  Funny!

If you were looking at FB you will have realised I tried to find places with WiFi but with little joy. But I have uploaded the images now so that is cool.

The campsite, again, was on the beach, again was only $6, again had all the services you would expect from a site.  Just like the ones you find in France etc.  This was called Beverley Beach State Park.

I met a another guy called Mike in the bar where I had my tea.  He was from Florida, 67 years old I think he said.  He was a roadie and enjoyed taking bike with me.  We exchanged details cause he is massive into kayaking and he is doing a tour of the Colorado River.  He said I need to stay in touch cause if I do the East Coast next year he will sort me out and do a little stretch with me.  He is also going to sort me out with contacts in Colorado, he said it is the state I should move to.  All year round activities.  He has me sold!

Next trip I know what to bring gadget wise.  A digital SLR cause they can do video as well, a small netbook or tablet and the GoPro.  Thats all you need.  And if you can’t charge it by USB leave the bloody thing at home.

All the chargers I doing my head in.  I have also got focused on keeping my Strava up to date.  But I am going to forget about that know since I lost about 40 miles when I forgot to restart it.  I know I am going to do a freaking load of miles and thats all that matters 🙂