The day made a good start; we met an English speaker and Alex had his first conversation with another human in over a week! Things then started to go downhill as we grinded uphill in the heat. Low on water, the vultures circled overhead (or they might still be eagles I still haven’t yet checked with […]Read more "Kittens Galore"
The following day as another long distance lorry rolled out of town a prostitute strolled across the square; it was a sign that today would be a good day. The birds were out and the sun was up. We saw big birds all day. Either eagles or vultures, I’ll have to check with my grandma. […]Read more "The Signs"
Moment of the day: microwaved tortilla served from a plastic bag in a service station in the outback of Spain. It rained and Merlin was sad. The old road from Pamplona took us through dead towns. As we followed it, the number of cracks increased and the number of people dwindled. Alex worried they might […]Read more "The Road"
A Spanish town didn’t know what hit them when we stormed in on their annual kids cycle race. Roxanne the Racer took first in the tandem category, smashing the local record! Unfortunately the trophy was too heavy to add to our cargo. Following our racing success, we continued our sporting streak in Pamplona with […]Read more "Roxanne the Racer"
Never-mind about the chain; Merlin fixed it and we found a party! Arriving in another town with dogs, cats, goats, church bells, a fountain and, yet again, no supermarket, we gave up on finding a warm dinner that evening. However the night took a turn for the better when we were invited to the church […]Read more "Livin’ La Vida Loca!"
You’d be right to assume our abandoned hotel boasted cracking views – sadly we will never know as the cloud and drizzle persisted through the next day. We seized this opportunity with our mouths and spent five hours in a cafe gorging ourselves on Spanish cuisine and bread and bread. We found a friendly biker […]Read more "Bread and Bread"
Day two was when we realised what a challenge we had truly taken on. To make sure we started properly, we took two dips in the atlantic. The first was at an epic campsite on the sea cliffs and then again in the port town of Deba, where we also found a Moroccan barber and […]Read more "Double Dippin’ the Atlantic!"
In the run up to our adventure, a lot happened and a lot of lists were made. In a similar fashion, here’s a blog post in the form of a list; call it the sonnet of the blogosphere. Sarah – an angel who cooked for us, gave us her bed and stitched our clothes. Let’s […]Read more "The Two Days of Mania"
As uni students we only get a third of the year off for summer so we needed a trip that would fit our tight schedule and, of course, boast satisfying alliteration. Tandem to Tibet wouldn’t work; tandem to Toronto wouldn’t work; tandem to Thailand wouldn’t work – all too far in our meagre time. We […]Read more "TANDEM, ROCKCLIMB, SLACKLINE."
This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of the invention of the bicycle. Little did those early inventors know that this year would also mark the 1 year anniversary of Alex’s secondhand tandem (given to him by a group of friends to mark his 21st birthday). Alex would like to thank his friends with this beautiful video […]Read more "History of the Tandem"