Some of the best things about travel aren’t the things you plan. The meticulous research, the detailed lists, the bag full of travel guides and all the best intentions in the world fall way short of good old-fashioned dumb luck. You turn left when it should have been right, misread a map, detour around a closed road, miss a turn off… and there you are, slap bang in the middle of something infinitely more wonderful than whatever it was you […]
Little did we know when we first planned our arrival in Amsterdam that we would awake to find ourselves slap-bang in the middle of the year’s biggest celebration of all things Dutch- and orange. It was Koningsdag, King’s Day, a national holiday to celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s birthday and unlike our beginning-of-winter day off for the Queen’s Birthday back home in Australia, King’s Day is full on spring madness. The Amsterdam streets are jammed with 700,000 locals and up to one […]
Great excitement in Noordwijk this morning, not for the grey weather, but for the Flower procession leaving from here and wending its way through the villages between here and Haarlem- coincidentally our destination too. Luckily we had a sneak preview yesterday when we found the floats assembled and ready to go on our ride into Keukenhof… so off we set along the dunes again and heading northwards. Beaches in Europe are certainly utilised differently than at home in Australia. There […]
The last couple of days have seen the return of steep sided hills and slopes on either side of the Rhine. Since we left the Alps the river has mostly flowed through farmlands and flood plains, with occasional wide valleys. Now, however, we are travelling the Rhine Gorge section of this massive river (I’m guessing that one kilometre of the Rhine here would have as much water as 100 kilometres of our Murray River back home in Australia. Or not… […]
It is a real luxury on a cycling holiday to decide to have a day off when you are actually feeling good and don’t need it. Usually it is because you are pretty much worn out and have to spend 24 hours recovering before you can attempt the next stage. Bacharach is a good spot to spend an extra day when you don’t need to rest… in fact the climb into the hills to enjoy the view along the gorge […]
A good day to get lost… Worms to Mainz: 53 km. Easy. With the weather warming up and the sun really starting to get the hang of this springtime thing we were off and riding through the old city wall of Worms and into the countryside. Within a few kilometres we were seeing the first vineyards of the day, just about to bud and start producing this year’s Riesling harvest. The levee bank cycle tracks and forest-edge paths had us […]
Four days, no more than 200km from home and as many new locations as possible- that is the challenge. A quick getaway for our anniversary, in our own back-yard… let’s see how we get on! Day 1: Geelong to Narbethong in the Yarra Valley via a few wineries and the Yarra Valley Dairy for lunch. Day 2: Marysville, Lake Mountain, Steavenson’s Falls and Warburton.
Here it is, then. Our homeward bound leg! From Robe to the Coonawarra for Jan and Ali to sample a few more delights, across to Mt. Gambier in vain hope of a blue Blue Lake (the photo lies… I boosted the saturation!) along to Port Fairy and then the drive eastwards as the day ended and we rolled towards darkness and home. Home. Safely home, most importantly. Yes, our last day on the road; one for reflection. By the end […]