Friday, 26 December 2014

Day 171-178: To Ioannina, 2nd time

The greek says you must have one so people can't put a bad eye on you. Maybe I should hang one on Thorn?

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

After 175 days on the road, 8651km, I would like to say, 2014 Christmas has been a special one and the best gifts I have received this year is your Friendship. To my family, to all my new and old friends, to everyone I've met along the way, to readers I've never met, to all the touring cyclists reading this... Thank you for your support and time; From a simple 'Like' on FB page, a comment, an email, a donation through paypal, a shelter, a thumb's up/ wave/ horn at me on the road or even stuffing me with food and the list goes on, whichever way it is they are things that kept me going with a Smile. So... raising my glass of red wine, making a toast to all...

Here's wishing everyone a Holly, Jolly Christmas! 

ps: To my reader Lei Xu, thank you for following closely on my trip... your ''Christmas gift'' that just came through warms me up on this cold festive night. I hope you enjoyed taking the virtual travel with me and that some day you'll get to see these places with your own eyes. 

pps: To Alexis, for putting a roof over my head just so I'm kept warm this festive season... honestly, it meant so much... million thanks!

ppps: To Santa... I had to replace Christmas stocking with my pink sock (I did make sure it is a clean one) and a fireplace with a wood stove. I'm sure you wouldn't mind. So Dear Santa, I forgotten to tell you my wish when I was at your village 175 days ago and hope now its not too late! I wish to find a place to hibernate from winter and also get a chance to chop off half my hair at no cost (I meant get a hair cut). Please...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Day 166 - 170: Family adventure coming to an end

Due to time constraints (family had flight to catch), we had to get to Korca by car as bus was not an option from Gjirokastra

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Day 163-165: Back to Albania!

 Morning frost and rays - view from guesthouse

 She named this kitty... Lucifer (Hello Lucifer! How are you?)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Day 161-162: Start of family mini adventure

 All setup and ready to go... plan and route changed... meeting our same host up at Zagori

 Pamvotida lake

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Day 153-154: Passing Tirana to near Elbasan

Who knows about these? Erika, whom I met in Norway wrote and told me their names. Red (Corbezzolo) "Arbutus" and those brown (Nespole) "Loquat". Thanks Erika!

Huge selection of Olives


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Monday, 3 November 2014

Day 122-124: To Kufstein

Harald took me 'mountain' biking in Neubeuern

The section where I had to push - I call it inhuman gradient. Photo credit: Harald

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Day 117-118: To Passau

Always find these shops near the border

 He drove up to have a conversation. He lives near the border in Austria and came over to Czech to get his saw repaired. He even left me some presents before driving off. Getting a good vibe of Austrian already. 

 Thank you!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Day 103-116: Czech Republic Route

Rough guide of my route as I'm unable to plot the cycle path or small roads I've used in some villages.