MIKE'S GREAT ADVENTURE...

An old fart's gap year!

Welcome to Mike's Great Adventure, a blog for me to record what a new and special year can offer.
I hope that you enjoy what, where and how I explore new opportunities.
It promises to be an exciting ride and I invite you to read on, and enjoy.

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Beautiful Trento and lovely Pizza!

I haven't heard anything about or know anything about Trento but I can tell you that it is a lovely and lively place. The architecture is...

Up, up and keep going up!

The Brenner Pass is long climb - not suited to Heidi's strengths at all. But she made it! The views were stunning but I was more...

Days 7,8 and 9

I stayed for several days in Staufen as it was so lovely and did some more cycling. Today the weather is due to turn and it's time to...

Day 5 - What a Sunday!

Great weather, fabulous scenery, a bike ride and cold beer! Every Sunday should be like this one… The hills of Bavaria were my backdrop....

Day 4 - Rain in Strasbourg.

A city of contrasts: beautiful old centre and ultra modern self styled ‘Eurometropolis’ of EU buildings. Which do you prefer? Or, A city...

Day 2 - Ghent

What a lovely old city! Arrived early and ‘mooched’ for 6 hours or so including a lovely 40 minute boat trip round the old town with...

Day 1

So, like all good continental adventures it starts with getting onto the continent! Goodbye Blighty and hello …Belgium- in particular,...

The L.O.N.G one!

I have been lucky enough to have a couple of 3 week holidays throughout my working life but never longer. I am about to embark on my...

Day 5 +6 - Coasts and Castle

A belated end of trip account of the final two days of this sojourn. These are pictures of Durham castle - the place of my birth- which...

Day 4 - Coast and Castles

Amble to Hexham. The end of the official East Coast Route 1 and half way along Route 72 following Hadrian’s Wall. The early morning route...

Day 3 - Coasts and Castles

A longer day than previously at 106km but with only slightly more climbing than yesterday. The weather turned colder and wetter too but...

Day 2 - Coast and Castles.

Dunbar to Berwick upon Tweed is only 35 miles but we crossed the rubicon in terms of civilisation. We went from spending time with an...

It’s been a while…

So much has happened that I haven’t included on the blog that I had developed a kind of writer’s block. Apologies to all. However, it’s...

Into the wind…

One of my objectives for coming to the Dales was to do some cycling and in particular to do the famous Buttertubs pass between...

A grand day out!

You have met James before in previous posts but he was kind enough to come and meet me for 24 hours in the Dales. James has recently...

Back to the future…

I am in a place where when I was growing up I went for so many teenage holidays with my family and friends at my Mum and Dads static...

Rally school!

Another great adventure courtesy of birthday and Christmas presents from family. Thanks all! First up was a front wheel drive Fiesta...

 

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