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Weather

Posted by on 15, Apr 2019 in 2019 - Orlando Northwards, Tilly the Tandem, USA | 0 comments

Weather

When you think of Florida the last thing youll probably think of is a dreary rainy day like we get in the UK, but that’s what we got just past Gainesville. We quite enjoy dodging the torrential downpours here as they are short and warm and if you get soaked it’s quite refreshing. Cycling all day in one however is not our preferred plan and when those days arrive we tuck up in a hotel for the day and rest.We duly did this and were going to move on the next day but my tummy decided to play up and so we stayed put which rather put a spanner in the works for our planned rendezvous...

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Moving on up….

Posted by on 8, Apr 2019 in 2019 - Orlando Northwards, Tilly the Tandem, USA | 0 comments

Moving on up….

The coast from Ormond Beach up to St Augustine gave us plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the sand and sea. Unlike further south it’s not wall to wall millionaire mansions fronting onto the ocean, through there are plenty of gorgeous houses sitting right on the beach here. It’s also less developed with some small towns with surf dude type bars and cafes and it’s got a cycle path the entire way. We loved it. St Augustine is the oldest recorded permanently inhabited town in North America being settled by the Spanish. Its still got a European style stone Fortress...

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To the Coast

Posted by on 3, Apr 2019 in 2019 - Orlando Northwards, Tilly the Tandem, USA | 1 comment

To the Coast

Last year when we toured the US we cycled for ages before we saw a cycle tourer, a vege restaurant or a decent cycle path. This year we’d gone less than a kilometer and we’d notched up all three! Orlando really accommodates cyclists, even if there are hardly any about! The city itself has an actual high street with shops in it, It’s also got a lovely lake with a path all the way around, fountains and gorgeous gardens, skyscrapers (at least by our standards), independent restaurants and plenty of ice cream! We thoroughly enjoyed our test cycles here and thought it was a...

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Running Away

Posted by on 27, Mar 2019 in 2019 - Orlando Northwards, Tilly the Tandem, USA | 0 comments

Running Away

Eisenhower was quoted as saying “No plan survives contact with the enemy” and our plan this March had been to not be in Europe for B-Day, but the enemy, being Mrs Mayhem herself seems to have buggered this up big time and may now delay it until we finish our cycle trip here. No need for that Mrs Mayhem, please don’t wait on our account! Still, the good thing about being 5 hours behind the UK is that by the time we get up she’s done half her daily allotment of damage and there only another few hours until she stops for the day to plan the next days disasters. Anyway,...

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What bike through yonder window breaks…

Posted by on 23, Oct 2018 in 2018 - Switzerland and Italy, Italy, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

What bike through yonder window breaks…

Leaving Lake Garda ( and the Dutch frites wagon) behind we headed on toward the Adriatic. The route skirts most of the mountains and is spectacularly beautiful. On one side you have mountains and the other is flood plain and as flat as Holland. The weather continues to be unusually hot but fortunately the Italians don’t tell us “It’s nothing to do with climate change” and the smoke continues to be ubiquitous. It really stinks here, and it doesn’t even keep the mosquitoes away! You really do end up with History overload though. Italy has more historical buildings...

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Unbelievable facts and death defying experiences

Posted by on 28, Sep 2018 in 2018 - Switzerland and Italy, Italy, Tilly the Tandem | 1 comment

Unbelievable facts and death defying experiences

Now here’s something no one who knows me will believe. We’ve now been in Italy two weeks and I’ve had more Curry’s than Pizzas! Ok that’s the facts done so next up is the death defying experience for which I blame Leon Kilbourn. His comment on our last blog about expecting the mafia or pope being mentioned in this one is surely the only logical explanation as to how the bolt from our rear brake came completely out allowing the brake assembly to jam in the rotor bending the rotor and cracking the rear pannier rack at the same time as making us topple off Tilly in...

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