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Uh oh….

Posted by on 11, Jul 2021 in 2021 - Lands End to Ipswich, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

Uh oh….

We left Bristol on the old Bath Railway, a gentle incline for 7km followed by a lovely roll down toward Bath and the Kennet and Avon Canal which would be our companion until we reached Reading. We’d booked two nights in the servant quarters in a Georgian mansion and had to get Tilly down a flight of stairs into the basement courtyard to store her in the cellar under the road. Bath is quite hilly and we surprisingly then went down another flight of stairs to our rooms for 2 nights. We love Bath, it’s a majestic city with a great pedestrianised centre and loads of bars and...

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Tilly can’t cope…

Posted by on 5, Jul 2021 in 2021 - Lands End to Ipswich, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

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 tried tightening the headset but it made no difference and we stopped in Bodmin at a bike shop for advice. The guy there took the front fork out and said our bearings had gone meaning that the fork was loose so banged when we hit things. It wasn’t dangerous but needed a new headset fitting when we got the chance, but he said we’d be lucky to find one as there are no bicycle parts anywhere. Don’t mention Brexit… So, when we arrived in Exeter we cycled to...

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Have you got that the right way up?

Posted by on 29, Jun 2021 in 2021 - Lands End to Ipswich, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 3 comments

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 the hills (obviously) and stick to the quiet back lanes. Generally (though I say it myself) I’m pretty good at it now and it pays off in the form of lovely quiet days cycling. Cornwall has been quite a challenge though and you’re often stuck sticking to the main marked cycle routes due to a combination of lack of suitable roads and hills. Our cycle out of Bude to Okehampton was our longest cycle with the highest climbing of just under 1000m and I’d poured over routes to try to...

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Bring on the hills!

Posted by on 22, Jun 2021 in 2021 - Lands End to Ipswich, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

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 to the cabin, which was really nice. High quality bedlinen, nicely finished and quite well insulated from the train noise. We just had one of those nights when you can’t sleep. Nothing to do with the 3 bottles of Prosecco in the train bar before retiring you understand. (they were the tiny bottles) After collecting Tilly we had showers in the first class lounge which were like a 5 star hotel, very very nice and then set off for a cycle along the coastal cycle route to St...

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Madness I tell you, Madness….

Posted by on 16, Jun 2021 in 2021 - Lands End to Ipswich, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 3 comments

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 boarded the Night Riviera bound for Penzance i have no idea. It’s hilly there, very hilly and you all know how we feel about hills! Still, too late now as we begin our 8 hour ride through the English countryside to Penzance… Best we have quick sundowner in the bar and retire to our cabin for a good night’s sleep, I think we are going to need it. Of course this is all the fault of going to Scotland… We’ve never really considered doing Lands end to...

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Round the World!

Posted by on 30, May 2021 in 2021 - Ipswich to Scotland, Tandems, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

As you will know we are hilll phobic so we changed our return route to Edinburgh to avoid the Kinross Pass and believe or not the weather was warmer and sunny too. You can get frost bite in the morning, sunburn at lunchtime and drown in the evening here and that’s a normal day. It doesn’t seem to put off the copious numbers of guys walking around in shorts though. Must be us and our wimpy nature. Today we accomplished our first virtual round the world leg having done the 40,007km to complete a RTW trip via the poles! We stopped at the side of the road with the sun shining for...

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