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Monthly Archive for August, 2005

Day 29: Highlife on the Italian riviera

After all the practice of speaking French for the last month Nic started to brush up on his rusty Italian: “Excuse moi monsieur – une cafe latte sil vous plait – scusa per favore – aaarrrggghh”. The last week Nic’s been going around with a permanent grin on his face – Italian food, climate, and, [...]

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Day 21: Over the top lads!

Up at the crack of dawn amd armed with his whistle but no drinks cabinet (Capt Blackadder) Nic prepared Sedef for the big push! This is it girl, no turning back now! With a sharp blow we set off… well after a hot cup of coffee and some pastries anyway. It was tough as we [...]

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Day 20: The land of Cs

Why is everything Switzerland is famous for starts with the letter C?? Cheese, cuckoo clocks and chocolate and the Cwiss Guard (the correct spelling for it) :p 3 days is all it took to cross Switzerland – mind you we crossed it over the narrowest part. The first day was a great descent of 25 [...]

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Day 18: Sedef where art thou!

They seek her here, they seek her there, they seek her everywhere, is she in Aigle or in Villeneuve, that elusive Sedeuve.. What an afternoon! Since Nic is male and Sedef female – in case you couldn’t tell, Nic’s cycling pace is slightly more than Sedefs. Which means that occasionally he cycles ahead and waits [...]

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Day 17: Farewell France

Progress through France has been slow since we have been staying on quieter country lanes whilst training and getting into shape for the two big challenges ahead of us: the Jura mountains into Switzerland, and crossing into Italy over the Alps. After 2 weeks in France today we said farewell to the lovely food and [...]

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Day 5: St Quentin, France

We finally managed to get out of wet and windy England on day 3 to be greeted by magnificent sunshine and clear blue skies on the other side of the channel (and cyclist-friendly roads and motorists!). The first few days of cycling saw us going through picturesque French villages and country lanes. The first signs [...]

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Day 2: Maidstone

A quick bite at the local portuguese gourmet restaurant (ok, Nando’s!) brought an unexpected bonus. Having mentioned our trip to staff, we were greeted by the Manager Rowan who promptly gave us two Nando’s t-shirts for our travels (photo following shortly). Thanks to Rowan and all staff at Nando’s Maidstone! Afterwards we had to cut [...]

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