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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

…and the road in-between Cordoba The highlight of Cordoba has to be the Mezquita – a mosque built shortly after the Moors arrived in Spain in 711 when Abd al-Rahman I made Cordoba the headquarters of the emirate. The mosque was consecrated as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Mayor, when in 1236 the Christian army […]

Photos from Central Spain

A selection of photos from Leon to Cordoba in Spain.

The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

The Spanish Interior – From Leon to Cordoba Homeless in Leon The rest day in Leon was spent in a bit of a stupor having had far too little sleep the night before. By the afternoon, having been turfed out of the hostel, I was capable of little more than lying on the grass in […]

Most heard phrases from France and Spain

A little bit of local language…. (as you can see, I’m far from fluent). Most common phrases heard in France: Que Horreur! (when raining) Bon Courage! (when cycling uphill) Bonne Route! (on all other occasions) Most common phrases heard in Spain: Buen Viaje! (when cycling) Buen provecho! (when eating) Mucho calor! (when sweating) Most common […]

Statistics from the first month

For those who like numbers, here are some stats since leaving UK to my current location in Cordoba…. Days since leaving UK: 32 Nights in a tent: 27 Days spent cycling: 26 Days when it rained: 7 Rest days: 6 Nights spent wild camping: 4 Total distance: 1564 miles Longest distance cycled in a day: […]

A Long and Winding Road

A Long and Winding Road

Northern Spain: A long and winding road… Having made it successfully into Spain, I spent a couple of nights just outside Pamplona. This gave me a chance to recuperate while waiting for friends to arrive. Not all that surprisingly for Sara, Chris and Werty, they arrived rather late into the evening. Even less surprisingly, with […]

Photos from Northern Spain

A selection of photos from the first week in Spain, from Pamplona to Leon

A Day of Two Halves

A Day of Two Halves

First half: France Leaving St Jean Pied de Port in the morning, it was uphill from the start and uphill all the way until Ibañeta, the pass at 1057m. Three tiresome hours, progressing painstakingly slowly, crawling along the curbside, just keeping the wheels rolling, onwards and upwards. Three tedious hours trudging along at a pace […]