Highly eventful first day - hoping the bike can be saved! http://t.co/ogBylgjA - Greece After 81 miles of mountains, dogs and 45 degree heat, we've finally made it to Delphi. 120km to ride tomorrow! - Greece In Patras for the ferry to Italy - another 80 mile day today! - Greece Despite the late start from Bari - 60 miles done and stopped for pizza. This is more like it - Spinazzola, Barletta-Andria-Trani 100 miles yesterday, 50 so far today and we're just about across Italy! - Mignano Monte Lungo, Caserta Campeggio numero uno. We finally found one! Will hopefully blog tomorrow - Cassino, Frosinone Will blog when we finally find some wifi! About 20km outside Roma - headed in along via Appia tomorrow morning - Castel Gandolfo, Rome 100km and we're through Rome, by the side of another lake. Towards Siena tomorrow - Caprarola, Viterbo 125km today - been through Siena and the hills of Tuscany, headed to Pisa for late breakfast tomorrow! - Capannori, Lucca Finally hit the med - 135km day! Should be in France in 3 days - Levanto, La Spezia Another great day along the riviera - also bumped into the Italian government's director of sport for the region! - Cogoleto, Genoa 10 days in Italy and we're 10km from the border. Menton for breakfast - Bordighera, Imperia In Menton for our rest day #weneededit - Menton, Alpes-Maritimes - Menton, Alpes-Maritimes Half way up our second big col of the Alps http://t.co/xZT3MBGf - Saint-Martin-VÃ©subie, Alpes-Maritimes 105km through the Alps - Col de la Bonnette tomorrow. 50km climb from here to 2715m. Gulp - Saint-Sauveur-sur-TinÃ©e, Alpes-Maritimes At the foot of the Col de Vars. Here's the view from the climb of the 2715m Col de la Bonnette - Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence This morning's climb of the Col de Vars. 27km to the foot of the Col du Galibier. Good luck to Wiggins! #AllezWiggo - BrianÃ§on, Hautes-Alpes Sleeping at 2058m - Galibier tomorrow morning - Le MonÃªtier-les-Bains, Hautes-Alpes Amazing result in le tour! Headed to Geneva tomorrow - La Motte-en-Bauges, Savoy In Geneva - can't afford air here.... - Carouge (GE), Geneva Time for a short break before the 500km to Paris! - Bursinel, Rolle About to leave Geneva. Next stop Paris #London_Calling - Bursinel, Rolle 105km done already. Nice to be back on the flat! - Dole, Jura Finally back on the flat http://t.co/sqHpGUog - Foucherans, Jura Another 130km day, and we've managed to hit another heat wave! Avoiding the 1.45 wine from now on though - Ancy-le-Franc, Yonne Paris on the road signs - must be close now! - Sens, Yonne @hatthouse Just over 100km from Paris now! Hopefully there tomorrow afternoon - Sens, Yonne The rain finally caught up with us - still a heat wave back home? - Villeneuve-la-Guyard, Yonne Life Ã la franÃ§aise - en Paris - Paris, Paris Heading out of Paris - 85km left to do! - Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise And there's 100km...better slow down or we'll be in Dieppe early - FerriÃ¨res-en-Bray, Seine-Maritime @Starlightmagic We'll be back into London on August 2nd - FerriÃ¨res-en-Bray, Seine-Maritime After 2900km we're looking out at the channel - back to England tomorrow! - Dieppe, Seine-Maritime London Calling http://t.co/j1xDEi5V - East Sussex, England Some lovely English rain #worldsfinest - Lewes, East Sussex Getting overly excited by Sainsbury's. Some readjusting to the UK still needed... - Mid Sussex, West Sussex Should be at Big Ben for just after 4:30 - Lambeth, London Train home - no space for the bikes but driver managed to find us some! What a hero - Hammersmith and Fulham, London At the hostel in Fort William, seems a suitably crazy place. Nevis tomorrow morning in the drizzle! - Highland, Highland 7 miles in, puncture number 1 goes to Mike - Highland, Highland Glencoe and with two new tyres we're ready for Rannoch Moor - Highland, Highland Big old 85 miles finished off nicely with a McDonald's - West Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire Saved yet again by the nicest couple ever. Shed to sleep in, electricity and even beer. Perfect - West Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire Slowly but surely skirting Glasgow and back in sunny civilisation - East Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire Ice cream o'clock - South Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire Scafell successfully climbed in the sun this morning, now just 10 miles from Kendal and the end of the lakes - South Lakeland, Cumbria Lunch just north of Lancaster - Lancaster, Lancashire Camped in a lovely field, survived the farmers. Liverpool tomorrow morning - Sefton, Sefton 70 miles done, almost there now! - Conwy, Conwy Llanberis and after nearly 500 miles it's time for the last climb #shutuplegs - Gwynedd, Gwynedd Just over halfway up. Not a bad view! - Gwynedd, Gwynedd 1 and a bit laps done, rain setting in but going strong! - Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire On the ferry, first 100km done and looking forward to Paris tomorrow - East Sussex 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 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 50km in, gorgeous views through the South Downs - Faversham, 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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