It is now mid way through June, and I am still very much in France! It certainly wasn’t part of the original plan; but this rather sedate pace has put the rest of my exped’ on a much firmer footing.
My revised route;
I’ve cycled a few hundred miles since my knee issue, on arrival in Calais, and all now seems to be well. I am therefore going to turn south east, and head towards Monaco and northern Italy…
View Wanderlust_Loz – planned route to Alaska in a larger map
…the overall goal is to rejoin my original route by about August time (so there’s going to be a lot cycling over the coming days and weeks!)
My first long-term stoker;
I am hopefully meeting my first long term stoker, Kez Traynor, in north eastern Italy (I cycled the length of the UK with Kez and another friend back in 2007). He will hopefully ride with me all the way through Slovakia and down towards Turkey.
To find out how you can also come and ride with me click here
My bike; reducing the weight!
With worries about my knee firmly imprinted on my mind, I had to change something. Looking at my juggernaut of a bike, it was quite obvious that I was carrying too much gear (it’s good to be prepared – but preparing for every eventuality is a burden…and anyway, for those spare parts that I don’t have, necessity will be the mother of invention!). I have therefore ditched a fair bit of equipment…
…& amazingly, this hasn’t really impacted on my capability at all. So I now have a lighter bike, no trailer, almost all of the same spare parts, and a fair bit of spare luggage capacity too!
(I wish I had confronted this kit issue before I left home! To find find out about the other touring related things I’ve learnt since taking to the road, click here)
It’s fair to say that in my desire to get on the road, I had been rather hasty in developing my website. It certainly wasn’t particularly informative or coherent. But time consuming and unpleasurable as it has been, I am now at the stage where my website pretty much works as I had hoped it would.
To find out how to make the most of my website, click here
My online travel journal;
Up to this point, I have been trying to post journal articles that include my high definition uTube videos. These videos are huge in size, and take ages to upload. I certainly don’t want to waste my time waiting for such things to upload in the future. With this in mind, my future posts will include videos taken on my mobile phone instead. They won’t be such high quality, but I will be able to upload them quickly and simply without having to wait for high speed internet access. To keep track of upcoming journal entries, take a look at the right hand sidebar on this webpage…and look for the ‘Upcoming Journal Entries’ box.
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