Where did you pack the…?

After 426 miles we’ve reached the Moselle, still in France at a town called Thionville. It’s our first major landmark so it feels like an achievement. The cycling hasn’t been particularly interesting, the first part was flat alongside canals with a headwind, then short ups and downs all day throughout the Ardennes, still with the wind against us. But it has been an opportunity to get a bit fitter and to get used to the routine.

The first couple of weeks is all about working out where everything is. We’ve lost everything at least once and found most things again – the only confirmed loss so far is the frying pan. Everything small now has string attached to it. A world without string is chaos!

At the moment we are cycling 25 – 30 miles a day and are pretty knackered by the evenings. We’ve started to meet other travellers including walkers and cyclists doing the pilgramage route from Belgium to Santiago de Compostella. Two young Belgian boys were walking to Portugal which they estimated would take six months. They had 600 Euros between them and they were smoking, so they may have truoble making the money last, but they were confident and had already met with much kindness. We have also met very kind people including a woman who charged us just 5 Euros to camp in her garden, brought us towels and soap, gave us the use of a kitchen and shower, and later brought us a huge plate of homemade pates and sausage with bread and pickles,

We’ve had our first mechanical problem with Graham’s front wheel and are having some difficulty finding the right sized parts – we may have to replace the entire wheel.

We cross into Germany in a couple of days on a cycle path running alongside the Moselle. The weather is sunny and the wind finally behind us, perfect for cycling.

Have just spent a frustrating hour trying to upload some photos and videos and completely failed. We’ll work on it for the future.

And in the meantime, where did I pack the bottle opener?

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About Bridget and Graham

We are both knocking on a bit, we're a bit over weight and we're not very fit, so we have decided to cycle to central Asia. Who knows how far we will actually get. We are doing it for fun, and to raise money for Grenfell Housing & Training, a small organisation that supports vulnerable young people in South West London. You can donate here
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8 Responses to Where did you pack the…?

  1. Sarah Evans says:

    Fantastic to hear from you. Glad is all ok and look forward to seeing the troublesome photos

    Take care and Much Love
    Sarah x

  2. JanD says:

    May the wind continue to be behind you and all slopes be less than 1%. great to hear from you
    Jan
    PS Allotment still looking good!

  3. Pat says:

    “O M G ” dont lose the bottle opener, lovely to receive your e.mail ,alls well here, hope you sort your bike out ok, look forward to next update.

  4. Lovely to get everyone’s comments.

  5. Alan says:

    Jolly good. Two punctures and new rear cogs and thats between tooting and clapham!
    Minor problems. Hope your wheels ok

  6. Wacek says:

    Got your post card from France today and straight onto the blog. Brilliant. I’m jealous of course….. Which route are taking through Poland. I’ll send through a few addresses that you can stay. Good luck and look forward to reading about your adventures. Much love, Wacek

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