The Netherlands to Home

The Netherlands, famously, has some of the best cycling infrastructure in the world. Despite the excellent and well signposted cycle paths I somehow manage to lose the Rhine, as I think I was on the wrong side when I left Germany. But somehow I make it to Hook of Holland where I take a ferry … read more »

Thoughts on cycling in Germany

A Bavarian once told me that Germany is like the UK upside down, with Bavaria being the German equivalent of Scotland. Cycling in Bavaria I can sort of see why. I often have to remind myself I’m not back in Dumfriesshire as the landscape is so similar. Bavarian countryside The Bavarian Alps are a surprising … read more »

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 »

Switzerland

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 »

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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 »