Almost washed away by a thunderstorm in the Aosta valley in northern Italy (Etroubles to Arvier 2016 Day 09

Today's photo shows the Grand St Bernard mountain which I had crossed the day before. You can just about make out the road on which I had traveled down the climb on the previous evening. It had taken me about an hour to descend to Etroubles from the Grand St Bernard Pass and it would take … Continue reading Almost washed away by a thunderstorm in the Aosta valley in northern Italy (Etroubles to Arvier 2016 Day 09

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A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass into Italy (Martigny to Etroubles 2016 Day 08)

Today was a day I was both looking forward to and dreading all year. The road from Martigny to the top of the Grand Saint Bernard goes uphill almost the whole way for about 50 km. The longest climb I had tackled last year with Travoy was about 5 km long and about 300 m … Continue reading A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass into Italy (Martigny to Etroubles 2016 Day 08)

Visiting world cycling’s HQ, the Mont Blanc Express and timber covered bridges in southern Switzerland (Aigle to Martigny 2016 Day 07)

Today's photo is a shot of the A9 motorway in Switzerland taken from a bridge in Aigle. The sign says 27 km to Martigny and 72 km to Italy via the Grand St Bernard pass. The mountain in the distance is probably the Dent de Morcles, which  rises to a height of 2,969m.  Tent tied to … Continue reading Visiting world cycling’s HQ, the Mont Blanc Express and timber covered bridges in southern Switzerland (Aigle to Martigny 2016 Day 07)

Ireland beat Italy to qualify for knockout stages of Euro 2016 (Aigle 2016 Day 06)

Today's featured image shows Robbie Brady shortly after scoring the winner against Italy in Group E of Euro 2016. My original plan for the 2016 Tour de Travoy was to watch the Ireland - Belgium game in Belgium and the Ireland - Italy game in Italy. The day before I had made it to Chatel … Continue reading Ireland beat Italy to qualify for knockout stages of Euro 2016 (Aigle 2016 Day 06)

A day no-one in either Ireland or Iceland will ever forget after both their teams won in Euro 2016 (Chatel St Denis to Aigle 2016 Day 06)

Ireland were due to play Italy at 9 o'clock local time that evening and I had hoped to make it to Italy in time for the game. Chatel St. Denis was only 120 km from the Italian border and had the route been totally flat, I could have cycled it. The problem was the last … Continue reading A day no-one in either Ireland or Iceland will ever forget after both their teams won in Euro 2016 (Chatel St Denis to Aigle 2016 Day 06)

Following the Yellow Brick Road past herds of buffalo and cows with bells in central Switzerland (Sutz to Chatel St Denis 2016 Day 05)

Today's photo shows a typical landscape of open pasture near Romont  in central Switzerland. I half expected Heidi to be running across one of these fields just like on the TV show many years ago. Travoy  beside sign for Camping Sutz. Camping Sutz was one of the best campsites I stayed at during the whole … Continue reading Following the Yellow Brick Road past herds of buffalo and cows with bells in central Switzerland (Sutz to Chatel St Denis 2016 Day 05)

Ambushed by Predator and Puss ‘n Boots in the hills of northern Switzerland (Basel to Sutz 2016 Day 04)

Today's photo shows a huge statue of Predator alongside the road at a bronze foundry near Undervelier in the centre of Switzerland. It was a bit spooky to see it right beside the road especially with a forest in the background. I got an awful fright last year in the Somme when I came around … Continue reading Ambushed by Predator and Puss ‘n Boots in the hills of northern Switzerland (Basel to Sutz 2016 Day 04)

Letting the train take the strain from Luxembourg to Basel in Switzerland (Arlon to Basel 2016 Day 03)

Today's photo shows an Euro 2016 related ad for McDonalds on a platform at Nancy train station. I was at Nancy after getting off a train from Luxembourg and was looking at the ad while waiting for the train for Strasbourg to leave. The writing beside the ad says "Come as you are". The day … Continue reading Letting the train take the strain from Luxembourg to Basel in Switzerland (Arlon to Basel 2016 Day 03)

Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes as Ireland played Belgium at Euro 2016 (Arlon 2016 Day 02)

Today's photo shows my tent in Arlon with an Irish flag before the Ireland - Belgium game in Euro 2016.  I had planned to cycle about 50 km to Luxembourg this morning but as the forecast was not great and all my clothes were still wet from the night before, I decided to stay for … Continue reading Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes as Ireland played Belgium at Euro 2016 (Arlon 2016 Day 02)

Grand Depart of the 2016 Tour de Travoy on the Eurostar high speed train from London to Belgium (London to Arlon 2016 Day 01)

Today's photo shows St. Pancreas train station as the traffic streams past on a cloudy Friday morning in London. The clock-face on the tower showed 07.10 so I had plenty of time to catch my train at 08.55.  2 days previously, I had booked the Eurostar from London St. Pancreas to Brussels Midi so after … Continue reading Grand Depart of the 2016 Tour de Travoy on the Eurostar high speed train from London to Belgium (London to Arlon 2016 Day 01)

No better place anywhere in France to get some rest than here in Lourdes (Lourdes 2015 Day 11)

I had originally planned to stay 2 days in Lourdes but was so tired the morning I was due to leave, that I decided to book another night in the hotel and get some rest. This gave me a chance to update my website and write about my trip from Auch to Lourdes on Bastille … Continue reading No better place anywhere in France to get some rest than here in Lourdes (Lourdes 2015 Day 11)