After 79 days, the 2018 Tour de Travoy comes to an end with a 450 km spin from one end of Ireland to another (2018 Days 76-79 Rosslare to Donegal)

Today's featured photo shows some graffiti sprayed on a road in County Wicklow. The writing says "Keep Her Lit" which is an Irish expression which means "Keep Going".  The graffiti was almost certainly left over from an Irish charity cycling event called the Leinster Loop which took place on this road about a month earlier. … Continue reading After 79 days, the 2018 Tour de Travoy comes to an end with a 450 km spin from one end of Ireland to another (2018 Days 76-79 Rosslare to Donegal)

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Ireland of a hundred thousand welcomes is now the land of a hundred thousand million reasons to fear a no deal Brexit (2018 Days 76+79 Rosslare and Fermanagh)

Today's featured photo shows a Cead Mile Failte or a Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Ireland sign at Rosslare Harbour. Ireland was after having one of the warmest summers that anyone could ever remember but the morning I arrived back after almost 3 months touring around Europe, it was cool and cloudy. But with only a … Continue reading Ireland of a hundred thousand welcomes is now the land of a hundred thousand million reasons to fear a no deal Brexit (2018 Days 76+79 Rosslare and Fermanagh)

Visiting the Juno Beach and Utah Beach D-Day museums in Normandy before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2018 Days 71-75 Courseilles sur Mer to Cherbourg)

Today's featured photo shows the sun setting over the beach at Arromanches les Bains in Normandy. The village here is famous as the location for an artificial harbour built by the Allies after D-Day and sections of the Muberry harbour lie dotted along the beach to this day. I had been here in 2016 but … Continue reading Visiting the Juno Beach and Utah Beach D-Day museums in Normandy before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2018 Days 71-75 Courseilles sur Mer to Cherbourg)

Quite a crowd on the Sword D-Day beach in Normandy and quite a crowd in Paris as well to welcome home the World Cup winning French team (2018 Day 71 Cabourg to Courseilles sur Mer)

Today's photo shows a beach near Ouistreham crowded with holidaymakers. This is no ordinary beach for this was one of the 5 D-day beaches and was code-named Sword Beach in June 1944. I estimate there is roughly 1000 people spread out along the beach in the above photo but on D-Day around 28,000 soldiers and … Continue reading Quite a crowd on the Sword D-Day beach in Normandy and quite a crowd in Paris as well to welcome home the World Cup winning French team (2018 Day 71 Cabourg to Courseilles sur Mer)

Make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day and to watch the French football team win the World Cup (2018 Days 68 – 70 Compiegne to Cabourg)

Today's featured photo shows the peloton cycling through the small town of Les Andeleys in Normandy during Stage 8 of the 2018 Tour de France. The Tour de France had started a week earlier and the professional cyclists had already cycled about 1000 km by the time they got to Normandy on Bastille Day. I … Continue reading Make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day and to watch the French football team win the World Cup (2018 Days 68 – 70 Compiegne to Cabourg)

Cycling through the battlefields of the Aisne before visiting a forest near Compiegne where the Armistice to end World War 1 was signed (2018 Day 68 Reims to Compiegne)

Today's featured photo shows the Armistice Memorial museum in the forest of Compiegne where the Armistice was signed to end World War 1 in 1918. Inside the museum, there is a replica of the train carriage where the Armistice was signed at 5 o'clock in the morning of November the 11th 1918. The Armistice was … Continue reading Cycling through the battlefields of the Aisne before visiting a forest near Compiegne where the Armistice to end World War 1 was signed (2018 Day 68 Reims to Compiegne)

Cycling through the battlefields of the Argonne before visiting a school in Reims where the Armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Days 66 – 67 Verdun to Reims)

Today's featured photo shows the cut-out of a French soldier from the Battle of Valmy which took place in 1792 between French and German armies. It was the first of five wars that would break out between France and Germany over the next 250 years. The Battle of Valmy was relatively minor and all over … Continue reading Cycling through the battlefields of the Argonne before visiting a school in Reims where the Armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Days 66 – 67 Verdun to Reims)

Verdun may be eerily quiet nowadays but this place still sends shivers through the whole of France despite it being over 100 years since the end of World War 1 (2018 Day 65 Luxembourg to Verdun)

Today's featured photo shows the Douaumont cemetery and ossuary at Verdun. The Battle of Verdun lasted from February the 21st to December the 18th in 1916 and was one of the the longest and bloodiest battles in all of World War 1. Both French and German forces suffered around 400,000 casualties with around 150,000 soldiers … Continue reading Verdun may be eerily quiet nowadays but this place still sends shivers through the whole of France despite it being over 100 years since the end of World War 1 (2018 Day 65 Luxembourg to Verdun)

The village of Schengen in Luxembourg may be small but in the last few years the whole of Europe has learnt of it’s name (2018 Days 63-64 Worth am Rhein to Luxembourg)

Today's featured photo shows a sign for the small village of Schengen on a bridge over the Mosel river in Luxembourg. Schengen is located on the border between France and Luxembourg and only 10 kms or so from the German border. It's location at the crossroads of Europe has meant the town has given it's … Continue reading The village of Schengen in Luxembourg may be small but in the last few years the whole of Europe has learnt of it’s name (2018 Days 63-64 Worth am Rhein to Luxembourg)

Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Today's featured photo shows a barge making it's way down the River Rhine near Karlsruhe in Germany. 9 weeks ago, I had started this year's tour by cycling along the Rhine for 200 km in the Netherlands. I had also came across the Rhine a week ago while cycling through Austria. Now here near Karlsruhe, … Continue reading Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Today's featured photo show a billboard featuring a prototype electric sports car called the Taycan being built by German car company Porsche. The Taycan will be the first 100% electric vehicle to be built by Porsche and is due to go on sale in 2020. The Taycan was previously known as Mission E and Porsche … Continue reading Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows a Mercedes Benz GLC 350e hybrid car at the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart. The GLC 350e model comes with a 8.7 kWh battery which is good enough for driving up to 50 km on electric power alone. Mercedes calls it's hybrid technology EQ Power and currently about a dozen models … Continue reading Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)