Flight of the Earls in 1607 – A summary of the Earl’s journey from Rathmullan to Rome

It would take the Earls roughly 8 months to travel from Rathmullan in Ireland to Rome in Italy. During their epic journey, they spent 21 days at sea and traveled overland for about 50 days. They also rested for 3 months in Leuven, 3 weeks in Milan and for shorter periods in Arras, Binche, Halle … Continue reading Flight of the Earls in 1607 – A summary of the Earl’s journey from Rathmullan to Rome

A summary of the 2019 Tour – All roads lead to (and from) Rome

The main aim of the 2019 Tour de Travoy was to cycle from Rathmullan in Ireland to Rome in Italy. On the way, I passed through France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy just like the Earls over 400 years ago.┬áThe Earls traveled about 2,500 km from the time they landed in France to arriving some 7 … Continue reading A summary of the 2019 Tour – All roads lead to (and from) Rome

Flight of the Earls (Part 5F) – Following the Earls as they make their way to Lugano before crossing over the Italian border to Como

Three weeks after setting out from Leuven in Belgium, the Earls were now almost in Italy. Indeed, as they made their way down the Ticino valley in Switzerland, the Earls would have felt like they had crossed already into Italy as the locals spoke Italian and for many years, this region had been ruled by … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5F) – Following the Earls as they make their way to Lugano before crossing over the Italian border to Como

Passo San Gotthardo – Climbing the world famous Saint Gotthard Pass en-route to Italy (2019 Days 27-29 Fluelin to Milan)

After two lovely day's cycling through Switzerland, I was all set to tackle the toughest section of this year's tour, which involved climbing the Saint Gotthard Pass to 2105m. This would be the only place on this years tour which exceeded 2000m in altitude. The Gotthard was quite a tough climb and made even tougher … Continue reading Passo San Gotthardo – Climbing the world famous Saint Gotthard Pass en-route to Italy (2019 Days 27-29 Fluelin to Milan)

Flight of the Earls (Part 5E) – Following the Earls to the Devil’s Bridge where they lost most of their money on Saint Patrick’s Day 1608 before crossing over the Alps via the Saint Gotthard Pass

The Earls had already crossed over the Vosges mountain range in France but were now about to attempt their toughest challenge of their expedition so far. They had climbed to around 900m when crossing over the Col de la Bonhomme in the Vosges but to cross over the Alps via the Saint Gotthard Pass they … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5E) – Following the Earls to the Devil’s Bridge where they lost most of their money on Saint Patrick’s Day 1608 before crossing over the Alps via the Saint Gotthard Pass

Cycling along the River Rhine to Switzerland before crossing over the Jura Alps to Lake Lucerne (2019 Days 24-26 Colmar to Fluelin)

Today's featured photo show the Schiller paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne in the centre of Switzerland. The Schiller paddle steamer was built in 1906 and has space for 900 passengers. It is owned by the Swiss ferry company SVG and it is one of 5 historic paddle steamers that operate on Lake Lucerne to this … Continue reading Cycling along the River Rhine to Switzerland before crossing over the Jura Alps to Lake Lucerne (2019 Days 24-26 Colmar to Fluelin)

Flight of the Earls (Part 5D) – Following the Earls as they cross into Switzerland at Basel before making their way to Lake Lucerne

Only 2 weeks after leaving Leuven, the Earls were now almost in Switzerland. Most cantons in Switzerland had turned Protestant during the Reformation so the Earls would have been concerned as they approached the border. But they needn't have been alarmed as the Swiss were well used to large groups of travelers passing through their … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5D) – Following the Earls as they cross into Switzerland at Basel before making their way to Lake Lucerne

2019 Tour de Travoy to feature the Flight of the Earls from Ireland to Rome, the Route Napoleon and Alpe d’Huez

The main aim of the 2019 Tour de Travoy is to cycle from Donegal in Ireland to Rome in Italy. My route to Rome will follow the same route used by the Earls of Tyrone, Fermanagh and Tyrconnell (Donegal) between September 1607 and May 1608. This journey is known as the Flight of the Earls … Continue reading 2019 Tour de Travoy to feature the Flight of the Earls from Ireland to Rome, the Route Napoleon and Alpe d’Huez

Visiting four countries (Austria, Liechenstein, Switzerland and Germany) in one day (2018 Day 57 Braz 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 Visiting four countries (Austria, Liechenstein, Switzerland and Germany) in one day (2018 Day 57 Braz to Bregenz)

Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (2017 Days 93-95 Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier)

The photo of the day shows the famous water jet in Lake Geneva with Geneva itself in the background. Geneva is home to the headquarters of many international organisations such as the Red Cross and the European headquarters of the United Nations. But following the Brexit referendum, the organisation that is of most interest to … Continue reading Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (2017 Days 93-95 Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier)

Col du Grand Saint Bernard – Climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass over 200 years after Napoleon climbed the same pass to invade Italy (2016 Day 08 Etroubles)

Today's featured photo shows Napoleon addressing his troops at the summit of the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass in May 1800. Napoleon and his army planned to attack the Austrian army in Italy and were hoping to surprise and ambush them by climbing the Grand Saint Bernard. Napoleon's audacious plan worked as a month later, … Continue reading Col du Grand Saint Bernard – Climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass over 200 years after Napoleon climbed the same pass to invade Italy (2016 Day 08 Etroubles)

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

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 from Switzerland to Italy (2016 Day 08 Martigny to Etroubles)