Cycling in Austria

Austria is another of those small(ish) mountainous countries that seem to do very well without being united to their larger neighbour. It has a considerably higher GDP per capita than Germany (GDP per capita is seldom mentioned by the British media as it would show Britain behind most western european countries, and far behind world … read more »

Cycling in the Dolomites

I have now made my way through south west Austria and am currently in the Dolomites in north east Italy. Timmelsjoch pass into Italy The Dolomites are to the Alps what Torridon and Assynt are to the Scottish Highlands. Although they aren’t the highest mountains they have an extremely impressive aspect, which is actually similar … read more »


The weather in Switzerland has been awful. It has rained every day excepting the one I arrived. The Furka Pass I must cross is closed due to landslides from heavy rain. However, Switzerland being an extremely efficient nation, the pass is soon reopened and I trundle my way to to the top. I’m actually glad … read more »

Across the Alps

I’m now in Switzerland, taking a few days out before I go over the Alps. The weather has been a weird mix of boiling sunshine, heavy thunderstorms and now very cold and windy. There is also snow above 2000m so it’s possible the Oberalp pass I’m taking, at about 2400m, will be closed. I’m looking … read more »


Scotland to the Loire Valley

I am now somewhere along the Loire valley, in the heart of France, listening to the sound of thunder and torrential rain outside the tent. Up until last night the weather had been sunny and very hot so I shouldn’t complain. I have travelled over 800 miles so far, going through east England, Wales and … read more »

New Cycle Tour – The Alps

I’m starting a new cycle tour today, with the aim of cycling through the Alps. The plan is to head down through England, Wales, France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and end up in Bavaria. However, it’s only a loose plan so who knows where I might end up.

LEJOG Without Money

Tom Allen is currently attempting to cycle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats without money, on a ‘work-for-food’ business. This has echoes of Mark Boyle’s year of living without money. I was quite interested to see how Tom managed the accommodation side of things but am a bit disappointed to see that so far … read more »