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Trip index HERE Photos from trip HERE Well – we’re back! Total distance:  939 miles Total climb:  33,977 feet ( 10,356 m) Time cycling:  95 hrs 27 mins Calories burned (though luggage weight not taken into account): 37,192 (!) Interesting statistics! Really good bits:- The tent was fantastic.  Very quick […]

Cycling to the med – review – we’re home!   Recently updated !

Trip index HERE OK, Yes, there are some Amazon links on here – and if you click n buy we get a small amount of commission though you don’t pay more.  This is good 🙂  It means if 1,000,000 people click and buy stuff – we can afford to do […]

Stuff we’re taking

Trip index HERE Okay, here is a brain dump! Take less than you think you need Take less than us! If you are camping, get an ACSI card – it can be cheaper GPS’s Android phone with OSMAND offline maps Download Archies Camping GPS database and import as into OSMAND […]

Top tips for long cycle rides

Trip index HERE Annoyingly, the GPX map viewer I use here cannot cope with a multi-segment gpx file, so its split in 3.  Home to Poole (for ferry).  Cherboug to Narnonne via the beach.  South Mimms (where Bike-Express drops us off to home) The totals are:- Distance:  1422km = 883 […]

Cycle Route from home to south of France

After our fun trip a few years ago, we decided to cycle to the med for some summer sun.  Again. Last time, having never undertaken such a ride, we opted on a simple ride just (!) from St Malo to the med, but via canals and rivers.  So c. 1000 […]

Cycle from home to the south of France (900+ miles)….   Recently updated !

Well, just come back from a few days in Dorset in the van, doing some cycling, and what a lovely time we had!  Stayed at Lytchett Manor campsite which is great, and booked a cheap grass pitch but got upgraded to a fully serviced pitch.  Pointless lol – the solar […]

NV200 External Thermal Silver Screens

Well, thought it was time for a quick post as if you look here it looks like we’ve vanished.  Far from it!  Q1 was a fun and hard few months, many days away in the van including down on the Isle of Wight, and another big DIY project….. After the […]

Q1 2017…. (kitchen DIY!)

Well, that was an interesting year!  Our plans for 2016 were HERE and, well, how did we do…. 2016 Two months backpacking around Cambodia and Thailand, escorting my parents for part of it YES!  Though partly a disaster, eh Dad?! 🙂  Though we did have a great time Build a new, […]

2016 Plan vs Actual, and 2017 Plans

For full Wiltshire route index see HERE This route was a short test to see how accessible the bridleways are E/NE of Melksham between Bath Road and Sandridge.  And the answer is, they are there and challenging – so good fun after a heavy night of rain. Full MTB needed […]

Melksham, Sells Green, Seend 16km mountain bike

All product reviews click HERE As we do lots of riding, and want to do more long cycle touring, thought it was about time I got a bike GPS.  Usually, we use our Phones with OSMAnd with offline maps, which is great, but this means stopping and looking at the […]

REVIEW: Garmin Edge Touring Bike GPS

For full Wiltshire route index see HERE This is a nice bike ride through country lanes via Lacock Atworth and Holt, and into Corsham for a cuppa.  This is accidentally similar route to our other slightly shorter one, but this takes in Corsham for a coffee.  Starting in Melksham, and […]

Melksham, Lacock, Corsham, Holt

For full Wiltshire route index see HERE This is a lovely and surprising walk barely know about by locals!   You can start from anywhere, but from the canal at Semington is good, then a walk down the canal and across fields to Seend Cleeve where there are a couple of pubs […]

Melksham, Seend Cleeve and Semington Walk

All product reviews click HERE As we use the van for wild camping, we do need wash and shower facilities, which in our van is almost impossible.  Initially we tried a solar shower, but that was a messy failure! So we thought about it, and I was going to DIY […]

REVIEW: 12v Shower system (pump & head etc)

All campervan fridges generate heat, both absorption and compressor, and its this heat which keeps the fridges internals cool one way or another. Absorption fridges are usually vented externally on side vents, and cool air enters at the bottom and escapes at the top, allowing the hot heat exchanger to […]

Adding DIY thermostatic fridge fan

Well, we’ve now had 40 days away in the van since its birth, 28 on a consecutive trip, so how has it been? Base Van Well this has been rather good, the driving and passenger seats are very     comfortable making full day driving quite easy. We have the 90ps […]

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