"The Adventures of Ten Tonne Taffy"

and Tilly the Tandem

2021 – Land’s End to Scotland

Part One – Ipswich to Scotland

And we are off again… - With lockdown relaxed and travel allowed we packed Tilly up and headed off southwards to Scotland. I know, Scotland North,…
The Cambridgeshire Alps - Day two started bright and sunny and we hurtled along BMW alley to get off the stretch as soon as…
Heading North… - On our rest day we decided to cycle into Peterborough, sans Panniers which felt really strange as Tilly handles so…
York - York Minster Someone's done the decent thing and put the Town out of their misery Entering Yorkshire from Lincolnshire for…
County Durham - The hills had been performing a pincer movement ever since we left York trying to hem us in and force…
Bonnie Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 - We crossed into Scotland having had yet another white van man moment where they come within a few inches of…
Round the World! - As you will know we are hilll phobic so we changed our return route to Edinburgh to avoid the Kinross…

Part Two – Land’s End to Ipswich

Madness I tell you, Madness…. - They say Madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results so why we have just…
Bring on the hills! - We arrived in Penzance at 8am having both had a poor night's sleep. I have to stress this wasn't due…
Have you got that the right way up? - I spend a lot of time planning our routes and we alway try to stay off the bigger roads, avoid…
Tilly can’t cope… - Tilly has been making a decidedly unhealthy sounding clunks when we hit pot holes and bump up on kerbs. I'd…
Uh oh…. - We left Bristol on the old Bath Railway, a gentle incline for 7km followed by a lovely roll down toward…

2020 – Winter in Taiwan

All packed up and ready to go - This year we're off to Taiwan to circumnavigate the island in an anti clockwise direction, hopefully taking full advantage of…
Hello Taiwan - Everything went like clockwork for the journey from Ipswich to Taipei. The taxi turned up 45 mins early, we arrived…
On to Taipei - Our first proper cycle was good to get under our belt during the Chinese New Year with the much reduced…
Jetlag and Taipei - We've struggled (me in particular) with Jet lag this trip. On our first cycle we arrived in Taipei and I…
Well that was easy… - We retraced our steps out of Taipei toward the airport and had a coffee break at the Old Cermaic Street…
National Cycle route 1 - The national cycle route 1 goes all the way around the island. There appear to be variations of it as…
Wow! - Leaving the glitzy second city behind, (slowly) we had my front bag support snap off the handlebar on one of…
Onwards to the Tropics… - After our couple of wonder days we woke to a gloomy and cool day as we headed to the Tropic…
What the heck was that? - Our old foe the wind had plans for trying to ruin our departure cycle from Tainan so we outfoxed it…
The End of the road and Vampires - We were on the final stretch now southward to the most southerly point in Taiwan and the tropical playground of…

2019 – Orlando Northwards…

Running Away - Eisenhower was quoted as saying "No plan survives contact with the enemy" and our plan this March had been to…
To the Coast - Last year when we toured the US we cycled for ages before we saw a cycle tourer, a vege restaurant…
Moving on up…. - The coast from Ormond Beach up to St Augustine gave us plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the sand…
Weather - When you think of Florida the last thing youll probably think of is a dreary rainy day like we get…
Onward to the Gulf - Having returned the car hire in Gainesville and got a lift back to Tilly we cycled on to an Airbnb…
Exhausted - Ok, we're not looking for sympathy - we choose to cycle tour and accept the drawbacks that go with this…
Feet up time! - Our stay with the secret cousins was fabulous. Rob is my mum's second cousin and we were all totally unaware…
Call the Sheriff! - We arrived in our 7 seater luxury at the Jacksonville North Carolina regional airport, loaded up Tilly and set off…
Watch out for Mosquitos - The further north you travel the more proper crockery and cutlery you find in places. Who knows, maybe it migrates…
A Senior Moment - The cycle north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is lovely - though we did meet some cyclists who couldn't…