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20km ride from the airport and we're horizontal at the hostel! - Budapest, Magyarország 40km in, following the Danube north towards Slovakia - Vác, Pest 70km done on day 1 - at the border with Skovakia - Szob, Pest After a dodgy morning a successful 105km done and only £2 for a round of beers. Now to find somewhere to sleep - Nyergesújfalu, Komárom-Esztergom First coffee of the day! Going to be a hot one - Dunaalmás, Komárom-Esztergom Absolutely baking out there! Stopping for lunch and a break from the 40 degree heat - Bőny, Győr-Moson-Sopron Very difficult afternoon but now in Györ - maybe about to cross to Slovakia - Győr, Győr-Moson-Sopron Big day - 121km! - Dunaremete, Győr-Moson-Sopron Great morning, 50km before 9am and a really easy ride into Bratislava! Coffee time - Slovenská republika 112km done, in Vienna and enjoying a swim in the Danube. But lots of naked Europeans (not us) - Wien, Österreich After a half day off a lovely 30km done along the Danube path (now Tarmac!) - Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Österreich Great half day - 65km done along perfect Austrian bike routes - Zwentendorf an der Donau, Österreich First 40km done, unfortunately a bit early in the day to stop at the vineyards - Spitz, Österreich 80km in, time for another swim - Krummnußbaum, Österreich The beginnings of actual hills today... - Sankt Nikola an der Donau, Österreich LIDL O'Clock - Mauthausen, Österreich Day 6 at 10am - reached Linz! - Linz, Österreich Cracking along, 105km done along a lovely steep sided valley towards Passau - Haibach ob der Donau, Österreich A fitting view for our last night in Austria. Danke! - Neustift im Mühlkreis, Österreich Easy 30km to reach Passau for the rest day - Passau, Bayern Survived the torrential rain to reach Deggendorf - 60km done - Deggendorf, Bayern An appetising currywürst - Bogen, Bayern 122km, even got the sun to appear - Wörth an der Donau, Bayern Coffee in Regensberg - Regensburg, Bayern And Durbin is the first to drop, followed swiftly by Buxton as he tried to have a drink. Everyone's fine! - Kelheim, Bayern 100km point and we actually enjoyed our first proper climb! - Vohburg an der Donau, Bayern Another thunderstorm, bit wet and miserable - Ingolstadt, Bayern Ibuprofen rescues the day! - Neuburg an der Donau, Bayern Windy in Bavaria - Marxheim, Bayern Breakfast, resisting trip to Legoland - Günzburg, Bayern Murphy's Law: if it can go wrong, it will. Brutal 30km, huge climbs and broken gears - Münsingen, Baden-Württemberg Waiting for the bike shop to open, but it's Germany so at least it will be at 10 on the dot - Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg And at times like these, we are simply glad that we can take refuge in McDonald's. Rain continues and mech hanger yet to be located - Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg 30km done and France was quite literally in sight from the top of the hill - Oppenau, Baden-Württemberg Anyone with experience of locating needles in haystacks? Please help us find a CAAD8 mech hanger in Europe - Kehl, Baden-Württemberg Back in the countryside, next stop Saverne - Wiwersheim, Alsace Jon's met a fellow Brummie who's bought us some coffee - 40km into our rest day - Saverne, Alsace Baguettes lashed to back of bike, becoming native - Arzviller, Lorraine Having issues finding a bakery in France... - Fénétrange, Lorraine 65km of hills done, slowed only by Jon's encounter with "smelly mud" clogging his front wheel - Saint-Avold, Lorraine As far as we're concerned, the wind turbine is facing the wrong way - Boulay-Moselle, Lorraine Cold night spent in an orchard - 5 degrees when we got up! 50km in, coffee stop - Longwy, Lorraine 90km done, including fleeting visit to Belgium - Montmédy, Lorraine Amazing view to end a 125km day - Osnes, Champagne-Ardenne In preparation for London I now have a horn - Charleville-Mézières, Champagne-Ardenne Lunch - Harcy, Champagne-Ardenne Campsite located. Happy all round - Hirson, Picardie 38km in, heading towards Cambrai. Ahead of time so planning to take in some history on the way to Bruges before heading back to the channel - Catillon-sur-Sambre, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Too hot for some (the rest of us included) - Caudry, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Cambrai. Things are even open here! - Cambrai, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on a Sunday: hot, straight roads, minimal facilities. Yet again thanks for McDonald's. Near Arras now! - Baralle, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Terrible view - Arras, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Went to Canadian Vimy Ridge memorial, now in Lens for lunch - Lens, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Arrived in Lille, need to recover from the heat! - Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Famous velodrome at Roubaix - Roubaix, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Menin Gate, Ypres - Ieper, België Enjoying the agricultural smells of Belgium on our way to Bruges for a day off tomorrow before the final few days to London - Torhout, België Free Belgian Beer! Thanks to Den Heirweg - Zedelgem, België In Bruges - Brugge, België Oops, we're out of continent - Nieuwpoort, België More chips than kilometres today, but we're back in France near Dunkirk for the ferry tomorrow - Dunkerque, Nord-Pas-de-Calais On the ferry! - Loon-Plage, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Back in the UK! "Keep on the left, keep on the left..." - South East, England Spot the campsite. Time for sleep, London calling - South East, England Another Gail moment. Marcus fuming. But 30km done! - Strood, England London in sight! Time for lunch, see you at 4pm - Greenwich, London

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