Cycling through the battlefields of the Argonne before visiting the site of the Armistice that ended World War 1 in a forest near Compiegne (Days 66 – 68 Verdun 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 Argonne before visiting the site of the Armistice that ended World War 1 in a forest near Compiegne (Days 66 – 68 Verdun to Compiegne)

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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)

On a mission to Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart before crossing the Rhine to visit the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Days 61-64 Stuttgart to Luxembourg)

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 On a mission to Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart before crossing the Rhine to visit the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Days 61-64 Stuttgart to Luxembourg)

Visiting the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart and following in Joxer’s footsteps by touring the Neckar stadium, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Days 58-60 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows the Mercedes Benz Arena in the Cannstatt district of Stuttgart. Back in 1988, this stadium was called the Neckar Stadium and it was here that Ireland played England in the Euro 88 football tournament on June 12th. After 6 minutes, Ray Houghton scored a header and Ireland had to hang on … Continue reading Visiting the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart and following in Joxer’s footsteps by touring the Neckar stadium, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Days 58-60 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

Cycling from Italy to Germany via Austria Switzerland and Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2019 (2018 Days 55 – 57 Prato allo Stelvio to Bregenz)

Today's featured photo shows the A14 motorway in Austria near Bregenz with the Alps in the background. The A14 motorway in Austria is part of E60 road network which runs all the way from Brest in France to Bucherest in Romania and then onto Irkeshtam in China. The E60 motorway passes through about a dozen … Continue reading Cycling from Italy to Germany via Austria Switzerland and Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2019 (2018 Days 55 – 57 Prato allo Stelvio to Bregenz)

Passo dello Stelvio – It may be the best driving road in the world but the Stelvio Pass will never be crowned the world’s best cycling road due to all the motorbikes on it (2018 Day 54 Prato allo Stelvio – Bormio)

Today's featured photo shows a section of the road up to the Stelvio Pass from Bormio. The road over the Stelvio Pass was built between 1820 and 1825 to connect Milan in the Kingdom of Lombardy to Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. The whole road between Bormio in Lombardy and Prato in … Continue reading Passo dello Stelvio – It may be the best driving road in the world but the Stelvio Pass will never be crowned the world’s best cycling road due to all the motorbikes on it (2018 Day 54 Prato allo Stelvio – Bormio)

Apple trees as far as the eye can see in the Bolzano region of Italy where Otzi the Iceman once roamed (2018 Days 52-53 Canazei to Prato allo Stelvio)

Today's featured photo shows the view of the Adige valley south of Bolzano as I made my way down from San Lugano. The view is stunning as the valley stretches out before your eyes for miles and miles. What is even more incredible about the Adige valley is the number of apple orchards being grown … Continue reading Apple trees as far as the eye can see in the Bolzano region of Italy where Otzi the Iceman once roamed (2018 Days 52-53 Canazei to Prato allo Stelvio)

The Dolomites in Italy deserves to be declared the coolest place on the planet as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

Today's featured photo shows the Cadore lake with the mountains of the Dolomites in the background. I have cycled the length of the Iron Curtain and all over Europe on previous tours but nowhere have I been that has blown me away as much as the Dolomites in Italy. Not only that but while the … Continue reading The Dolomites in Italy deserves to be declared the coolest place on the planet as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

Monte Zoncolan – The climb of the Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

Today's featured photo shows a huge wooden arch in the small town of Ovaro at the start of the climb to Monte Zoncalon. Along with the Angliru in Spain, the Zoncalon is the most feared climb in cycling as it averages almost 12% from here to the summit 10.5 km away and in places the … Continue reading Monte Zoncolan – The climb of the Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

The Italian Front in World War 1 was just as vicious and as futile as the Western Front and yet it got no coverage at all during the Armistice Day commemorations on November the 11th (2018 Days 43-46 Trieste to Ovaro)

Today's featured photo shows the World War 1 memorial at Redipuglia near Monfalcone in north east Italy. The memorial is the largest war memorial in Italy and one of the largest memorials inn the world. The remains of over 100,000 Italian soldiers who all died between 1915 and 1918 in World War 1 are buried … Continue reading The Italian Front in World War 1 was just as vicious and as futile as the Western Front and yet it got no coverage at all during the Armistice Day commemorations on November the 11th (2018 Days 43-46 Trieste to Ovaro)

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

Today's featured photo shows the Pan European Picnic Park near Sopron in north-western Hungary. You might not think it looking at the photo above but it was here that the first crack in the Iron Curtain occurred in 1989. On Sunday the 19th August 1989, a picnic was organised here by the Hungarian and Austrian … Continue reading From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)

Today's featured photo shows the River Danube gently flowing past the German city of Passau. I crossed over the mighty Danube here at Passau on my way to České Budějovice and would later cross over it again on my way to Vienna. I have crossed over bigger rivers such as the Seine at Le Havre … Continue reading Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)