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For full trip index click HERE, and for all photos from trip click HERE After a lovely send off by some of the neighbours we headed for the train at Trowbridge station. We expected the train to Portsmouth to be stress free but it was far from it. Our bikes didn’t fit into the pre […]

Hi all. I know many (most ) visitors aren’t interested in the entire content of this site, but in likeliness have a specific interest in an activity or a specific country.  Until now, there has been no easy way to see all related information. However, I’ve had a free few minutes and have now added […]

A few people have asked us for details of our route, so here is a clever interactive map showing our route in full detail.  Its so accurate, we’re only taking this data with us – and not any paper maps!  But, we will have 2x smartphones and a tablet so, in theory, can’t get lost. […]

Well, we’ve committed to cycle from home to the south of France for some sunny beach time!  Its only 700 miles or so, so can’t be that tough – surely?  But considering we normally just load up and take the ‘van this trip will require quite a bit of planning and surprisingly quite a lot […]

Happy new year to our avid readers who probably think we’ve either died, or just aren’t doing anything anymore!  Well, sorry we’ve been busy and we only try and put interesting trips on our blog as anything that is short or normal isn’t really worth writing about! After our van issues (which turned out to […]

After 8 years of owning our little cavarno, we are having naughty thoughts about selling it.  Not because we want to up-size or down-size or upgrade, but because our plans for the next 12-18mths aren’t covering many long van trips.  We are thinking cycle trekking, backpacking etc for next year….  And is it fair to […]

Low power/boost on Ford TDCi engine On our last trip to France, our van experienced what appeared to be a major fault, such that it struggled going up hills which is unheard of for these vans! It was as if the turbo wasn’t working properly, or for whatever reason the van was sluggish as pie. […]

Blimey! 2012 was an amazing year, with the first 3 months spent in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, and then 3 month house hunting trip before we moved in in June.  Then the last 6 months of 2012 were busy catching up with friends, settling in our new home, and doing DIY…  Oh – and […]

(See the rest of our tip index here) In the past I have tried some devices that enable you to watch TV on a laptop and I had mixed results.  Flakey quality, high power consumption, and unreliable software.  So I gave up and bought a Meos 13.3″ TV unit which has served us well for […]

After 7 years our first van had its first real component failure, which can’t be bad.  The water pump seems to have failed due to a seal going between it and the power steering pump. resulting in coolant leaking very slowly down and over the starter motor.  Getting it changed at a garage was quoted […]