Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Wednesday 31st August 19:45

We have been in Morocco since Sunday and have already made it to a seaside town by Kinetra. Our routine in Morocco is very different to that of France and Spain. We start cycling at 1:30am each morning as this seems to be the only way to cover meaningful distance without risk of heat exhaustion. Every afternoon we split up to find the best place to sleep. We often end up triggering a price war between locals offering us their houses! Wherever we go here we attract attention but it has all been positive so far - lovely to have groups of children clapping and cheering as we cycle past! We seem to be eating out every other night here as well. Lots of interesting food and for not much money! Tomorrow is a rest day which we will probably spend relaxing on the beach. Hoping to make Casablanca on Saturday then Marrakech Monday. Bring on the Atlas Mountains!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Unfortunately we were denied permission to cross to Africa by kayak and so we are just buying our ferry tickets to Tangiers. A last quick note: never trust green grass in Spain. We were unceremoniously woken by sprinklers at 1am as we slept outside in Marbella.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Some photo´s for you non facebookers

 troy celebrates the 1000km mark
 the team cycling though france
 our camp site (7 with benifits)
 bens hidden talents

Friday 26th August 14:30

We smashed the 2000km marker a couple of days ago and are currently resting in Malaga. Fortunately for us Dan has a very kind friend who has put us up for two nights so a massive thank you for Diego for that! It´s great to have use of simple things like washing machines for the first time in weeks! The hospitality people have shown us on this trip really is amazing. On Wednesday evening we met a lady called Dawn in Encinas Reales who gave us all tea and use of her internet to source maps for the route to Malaga. Just to clarify from the facebook page and to prevent any unneccessary worrying back home, some of the group were ill but everyone who was is pretty much fully recovered now - it appears a bug spread through the group which was made worse by cycling in ~40°C of Spanish heat. Luckily the recovery time has been less than 24 hours so we will be well on our way towards Algeciras tomorrow. 
Hopefully we have learnt our lesson and we will now be more careful with hygiene and are debating whether to start cycling at 3am - decision on this to come later this evening! 
Those of you who haven´t already, if you ´like´our facebook page Here you can check out some pictures we have uploaded! 
Also, a quick thank you to everyone who has donated to SOS Children. We are currently on £2,257 which is 75% of the way to our target of raising a pound per kilometre cycled - £3,000!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Monday evening we probally became the first expedition to have an hour long discussion as to whether to modify the route to include a night out in Malaga. To cover the extra distance we went for 150km yesterday. However, we have suffered for it today. we have decided to cover the next 150km in two days. Hit 74km/h yesterday morning! We still have a few hundred metres of descent to try and beat that. Bring on a night out in malaga tomorow and morocco on the 28th!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

We managed a nice and flat 100 km to find ourselves in a secluded picnic spot just outside Aldea del Rey. Troy managed to get us some fresh watermelons for lunch courtesy of a kind farmer who was towing a trailer full past our lunch stop. Tomorrow should be a bit hillier as we get close to Spain's southern coast.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

20th August 13:00

It´s our third rest day and we have been lucky enough to get showers for the second night running as we are staying in a beautiful park in the heart of Alcazar. We are all currently relaxing out of the mid-day sun to prepare ourselves for more cycling in the morning. We have managed to get ourselves into a good routine in Spain which involves us getting on the roads for 07:00 and getting the majority of our daily distance out the way before we look for a spot to siesta in at around about 13:00. I am sure that come Morocco a 7am start will seem like a lie in as the sun starts to get stronger!
As promised here is a shout out to All saints School from weymouth; thanks for a great exped to poland!

Friday, 19 August 2011

We are now in Alcazar as we steadily make our way through Spain. Total trip distance is 1697km and we are consistently covering 100k+ a day. Got lucky in Tarancon last night where Dan managed to clinch us free showers, outdoor swimming and a sports hall to sleep in! Rest day tomorrow so hopefully we can find a campsite.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Monday 15th August 19:00

We planned to have a rest day yesterday at a campsite we believed to be 20km away. After cycling in the morning it soon became apparent we had found ourselves a ghost town which possibly had a campsite many years ago. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we cycled on to Agreda. When we arrived the final day of their fiesta was in full swing. The locals were so generous and we were fed and watered within minutes of arriving. Apparently it was ´the day of the chicken´ so we were given a bowl of chicken for our table. It wasn´t too long before we drunk the free bar dry and followed the celebrations into the centre of town long into the early hours. Tomorrow we will continue cycling South towards Madrid, assuming we are able to leave this fantastic town!
Still no luck with the SIM cards but hopefully we will be more successful tomorrow.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Saturday 13th August

A hugely successful day yesterday saw us cross over the border into Spain whilst climbing an 18km ascent peaking at over 1000m. We then enjoyed a quick descent out of the clouds and found a picturesque (think sound of music) field to camp in. Unfortunately the French SIM cards do not work in Spain so it may be a day or two before we can update the blog reliably again. We are now in Caparroso as our total distance has hit over 1100km!

Will Adam and Tom´s alternative Blog (for those down with the kids):
Hear me Now blud. After a Bangin´ day thrashing over the Pyrenees we boshed up to 1000m and rapidly boshed back down again. Hitting 60 odd kph. BOOM!! We then scored a sick campsite where not even the Nazis could find us (think sound of music). bad tings with the sim cards. we are now chilling after a day spent in da sweaty heat of Spain. EASY NOW. xx

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Another scorching hot day meant we were very thankful when we got to our riverside campsite at Lahontan. We even managed to cause a small traffic jam on the bridge as the locals stopped to watch us jump off into the river. Big day tomorrow as we climb the Pyrenees into Spain.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Wednesday 10th August

Currently in Ychioux and looking for somewhere to camp for the night. Had success in finding Troy a new wheel so hopefully it will not break again. Not a cloud in the sky now and hopefully it remains that way for the Pyrenees.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Camped by a lake at Lacanau. Perfectly flat roads saw us quickly towards Spain and we hope to see the Pyrenees tomorrow.

Monday, 8 August 2011

It was Ben's birthday yesterday and we were lucky it coincided with our first rest day, allowing us to relax last night with well-deserved beers. We are now camped outside a French fort near La Rochelle. Its walls are proving a great playground to the climbers in the group!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Camped by St Pierre. Rained all day, Troy broke 3 spokes but we still reached 100 km. We are well on our way south to the Pyrenees.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Camped under bridge by the river Louvre outside St Germain. The river provided a welcome wash!

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Unfortunately, shortly after last night's message it started raining and did not stop until this afternoon. More bad news was that we had a minor crash resulting in Adam needing a new wheel. Despite all this we managed 80km and are now camped not far from Vitre. Our total distance is above target so things are looking good.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Our first day of cycling went well as we covered 130km of France's west coast. We have found a forest outside Joulouville which is where we are camping tonight. Hopefully the sun keeps shining tomorrow and we have another successful day.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

In France

We have safely arrived in Cherbourg after two days of fantastic sailing and are all about to sleep before our first day of cycling. We have managed to get French SIM cards now so updates should follow regularly as of tomorrow! The photo below is of one of the two yachts we used for crossing the channel. Surprisingly we had no problems fitting ourselves plus the bikes in the yachts. Unfortunately the wind was not strong enough for us to reach St Malo so we hope to catch up on time and make it there for tomorrow.