Posts Tagged ‘europe’

Jorge Miguel Sampaio

Posted August 27th, 2011


Jorge is from Portugal, and has completed a few cycling and mountain bike tours around Europe, including from Berlin – Usedom in Germany in summer 2010. His other tours have included:

  • Oberwald – Geneva, Switzerland (Rhone route);
  • Chur – Basel, Switzerland (Rhine route);
  • Berlin – Usedom, Germany
  • GR22 – Historical Villages tour, Portugal (off-road/mtb route connecting medieval historical villages in the Beiras region);
  • V.R.S.A. – Sagres, Portugal (Ecovia do Algarve, that crosses all the region).
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Julie & Ken Stammers

Posted July 31st, 2011

Julie Stammers

“We have just completed our first cycle tour of 6684 kilometres; we started out on April 2, 2011 and got home on July 19, 2011. We travelled from our home in Malaga in the south of Spain up through France, up to the UK and to Nottingham where our families live.”

“We spent a week with friends and family and then set off back via Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, across to the south of France taking in a few alpine passes and Mont Ventoux as we went, eventually arriving back in Spain and back home to Malaga. The trip was a fantastic experience, from which we learned a lot – things we would do again and things we wouldn’t. I hope to undertake something similar in the not too distant future – just not sure where or when yet.”

You can read all about Julie’s Malaga to Nottingham bike tour, including a journal, facts and figures, highlights and observations.

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Frank & Jon

Posted June 7th, 2011

Jon & Frank

Jon & Frank run the excellent Cycletourer website, which has all kinds of practical info for bike touring.

“We started cycle touring was way back in 1997, when Frank’s back condition (the result of an illness she had when she was16) prevented us from continuing to climb mountains. After several self-rescues, where my friends and I had to carry Frank off several mountains, we realized we had to find something that she could cope with that would still mean we could travel, be in the outdoors and enjoy wild places together,” says Jon.

“Although Frank still does sometimes have problems getting in and out of the tent the cycling doesn’t seem to hurt her back and if anything she seems better for it! You can also see that our love of the outdoors is the reason why we have been touring in mainly Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland as we obviously still hanker for the the remote areas and mountains.”

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Sarah & Brian

Posted June 5th, 2011

Sarah & Brian

Originally from Maine and Philadelphia in the U.S., Sarah and Brian are on a mission to collect passport stamps and life experiences.

After studying in Europe, hiking through Turkey, and working various jobs in the states, they decided to devote their lives to the active pursuit of happiness in the form of an open-ended bicycle tour around the globe, spending only $10 a day, each.

Follow their adventures on their blog, TwoFacesGoingPlaces!

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Cara & Curtis

Posted June 4th, 2011

Cara & Curtis

In 2010, Curtis and Cara sat down to figure out long term travel options.

“Curtis mentioned cycling and I was beside myself until I did some research and fell in love with the idea,” says Cara.

“We have been cycling from Istanbul now for just over two weeks and we love it. We would never look back. Seeing a country from the saddle of our bicycles shows us the culture from all view points. We would never have met the people we have and seen the generousity of strangers.”

Their blog, We Went With Plan B, shares snapshots and highlights of Cara & Curtis on their bikes.

“We will continue from Turkey to Greece, then through Italy via Sicily, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania – Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria. Portugal and Spain. We’ll housesit in Italy for winter before finishing off our ride in March 2012 by riding from Italy to the UK.”

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