Blessed by Elephants in Hampi, India

We head west across Gulbaga District to Bijapur, south to Hampi, west and down the ghat to the Malabar coast, south on the coast road to Mangalore, back east up the ghat, through Hassan, and to Bangalore.… Read more

Caving in and Deciding to Use GPS

A trip to Eurobike in southern Germany, using a return flight to Frankfurt. With my bike still in the carton I bought at Sydney airport, I catch the ICE train to Ulm. 140KM from the bike show, ride to the show, stay at the camping there, then get regional trains to Nuremburg and ride west… Read more

Saved From Dogs by a Bus Driver in Turkey

Landing in Istanbul we caught ferries across the Marmara Sea and did a loop from Yalova to Bandimar. South from Yalova, around the east of Iznik, through Simiv and Silihli to Izmir. Then up the Aegean coast as far as Havran then over to Bandimar. I managed to exceed 80km/h on one of the descents.… Read more

Covering 1,750KM Across Tamil Nadu in 12 Days

A tour of Tamil Nadu. With none of my touring buddies free I take off alone to Chennai. It is late November, the southern Indian “winter” and dry season. I have a coupling-system frame to test but don’t bother to decouple it in either of the flight directions. With no particular plan and no one… Read more

Pumpkin Season after Eurobike

A work trip to Eurobike landing and departing Frankfurt (FRA). Previously I have tried to save time by taking the train from Frankfurt to Ulm and doing a one-day ride from Ulm to the show and return after the show. This time, for variety, I’ll use the trail+ride-from-Ulm system for getting there but post-show, I’ll… Read more

Passing Elephants in Bandipur, India

Two of us, landing in Calicut and departing Goa. We are not following the coast to the north though. We head South East to Nilambur to call on friends there and then up the ghat to Mysore. Now a Deccan ride up through Karnataka through Hassan, Chikmagalur, Shimoga to Bijapur. Then trough Belgaum, down the… Read more

Getting Turned Around by Guards in Istanbul

A ride from Istanbul to Sofia (Bulgaria) via Greece. We are both on the alloy frame Mongoose version of the Randonneur bike series from Gemini. I’m towing a BOB trailer. Outside IST (Istanbul airport) making sure everything is secure and safe. I’ve just been turned around by the guards as I tried to ride over… Read more

A Maze of Bike Routes at the Bohdensee

A ride from Zurich airport to Romanshorn, the Swiss port on Bodensee where the ferry departs for the German side and Friedrichshafen where Eurobike is held. Being from Australia I instinctively use the roads, and the signs on the roads, to work out which way to go. But here there are no cyclists mixing it… Read more

Brussel Sprouts Near Brussels!

A ride from across France and Belgium to Dusseldorf. After attending Eurobike I caught the train to Basel. On the train I met a German mother and son who were also going to start a ride in Basel. We rode together at first. After we went different ways and mine took me through Nancy, Reims,… Read more
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