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From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I’m passionate about finding those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

Tag: bicycle touring

Black Sea to England Cycle Tour Recap

Summer 2018 was an adventurous few months. I went backpacking in the Pyrenees and then got home and started my second bicycle tour. This involved loading the bikes onto a plane and flying to Romania, then meandering back to England through Europe. I’ve collected my adventures over the summer into this post with quick links to each country along with…

Cycling through Transylvania

When reading about Eurovelo 6 I found that the Romanian section of Eurovelo 6 is often described as “boring”, “arduous” or “repetitive”. So I investigated other options and decided that instead we would meander our way through the Carpathian mountains towards Bran Castle, home of Dracula! We considered catching a train or bus between Tulcea and Braila but the Danube…

Departure and the Danube Delta

The morning we left home was hectic. My brother has been away for 6 weeks and so we only had Saturday to pack up for a 10am departure on Sunday. Luckily you can rely on British trains to be running late and so we managed to catch it with plenty of time to spare. It was then a simple job…

Baltic Sea Cycle Tour Recap

The initial idea of a summer cycling tour began a few years ago but never developed into a full plan. We knew we wanted to do it and that was enough. Then, last Christmas we started to discuss it more and dithered between two ideas: 1. Cycle the Baltic Sea. 2. Head into France and meander south. Idea 1 had…

Border troubles in Lithuania

Lithuania was my least favourite of the Baltic States, that isn’t to say that we didn’t have plenty of fun though. We lost equipment and found it again, got waylaid by a super-social German and questioned by the border guard. Our second day in Lithuania was an unusually long one. Leaving the campsite at 9am and cycling until 7pm in…

Disaster strikes in Latvia

The first part of the Latvian disaster is that my brother started to feel ill one morning when we were wild camping without water. He was then sick multiple times, I told him to toughen up and we cycled 45 miles until we found another suitable wild camping spot. He spent the rest of the day languishing in bed. On…

Destination: Gotland 

Since leaving jolly old England we’ve been cycling for 24 days and roughly done 1300 miles. So it isn’t that surprising that we decided a holiday was in order. Originally I was keen on going to the island of Öland but we noticed on the map that we could take a ferry to Gotland and then another one back further…

Cycling Southern Sweden

I’ve been looking forward to cycling through the Scandinavian countries since we planned the tour. Sweden and Finland have a ‘everyman’s right’ to camp where you like (within reason). So whilst food is more expensive, as long as we can find somewhere to wild camp, we don’t have to spend any money on campsites. My third bicycle touring top tip…

Exploring Copenhagen

Our hosts from the previous night kindly offered us a lift up to Copenhagen, so following Touring Tip 2, we gladly accepted the offer and got to Copenhagen mid morning. They also introduced us to another friend who lives in an apartment in the city. He was happy to host us that night so we spent the remainder of the…

Reaching the Baltic Sea

Denmark is the first country we’ve cycled on the clockwise route that properly borders the Baltic and so nearly a week after leaving Hull we have reached the beginning of the planned Baltic route (or Eurovelo 10).  The route is goes up through Denmark and then along the coasts of Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. In Germany we will…