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Not quite like waiting for a bus, but nearly… I received an email from Martin a couple of nights ago: could he stay overnight as a Warm Showers guest? No problem. No sooner had he arrived last night than I received a call from a woman in cycling distress: Jenna, also a Warm Showers member had arrived in Reading – the town where I live – and had a problem with her wheel. Could I help? Of course… So, after probably six months of no Warm Showers visitors, I had two on the same evening. Nice people! Martin is from Bordeaux and cycling to the Isle of Man – read his blog posts here – and Jenna is from San Francisco and cycling to Bristol. She too has her own website. I wish them both a good onward trip!
Earlier this year David Simms and James Hesketh stayed overnight with me as WarmShowers guests. At the time they were en route to Paris on a tandem. They never actually got there due to problems with the ferry I seem to remember but Paris was only a trial run. They had their ambitions set upon a greater objective; that of crossing America on a tandem. In the last couple of days they have set off albeit not on a tandem as they had initially planned. They aim to cycle from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Statue of Liberty in New York over the next six weeks. I’ve asked if they would like to write a short weekly summary for CyclingEurope.org but in the meantime you can find out more about their journey via their own website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram profile. They are cycling in aid of the Youth Sport Trust and you can make a donation on their Virgin Giving webpage. Here are a few of the pictures that they have so far posted. Bon voyage and good luck!
…will be published on Friday 1st August 2014. The much anticipated follow up to ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie‘ will be available initially as an eBook at Amazon and in paperback from CompletelyNovel. ‘Along The Med on a Bike Called Reggie‘ will be available on other platforms (iTunes, Kobo, Waterstones…) as well as in paperback at Amazon and Waterstones (as well as in store) by the end of August. Watch this space for updates in the run up to August 1st but if you really can’t wait until then, remember that several extracts from the book are available on Cycling Europe.org to read now! The links are over there on the left of this page.
This has simplicity, beauty and European cycling written all over it. Or rather, printed all over it. It’s nice. I received an email from a chap called Laurence this week. This is what he said;
“We’re a small not-for-profit letterpress print company located in Bristol and two members of our team are planning to take cycle from Bristol across Europe to Mainz, Germany, the home of letterpress. The twist is that we’ve made a cargo bike made with an Adana printer attached to the back, planning to visit poets, artists and other craftspeople and printing something they’ve made or written and sending it to various contributors of the project.”
Here’s a video (also very beautiful as well as hypnotic – I could watch printing presses all day long!) that explains more;
Isn’t that just so simple yet so fantastic? The initiative is looking for funding via KickStarter and there is a Twitter feed as well as a presence on Instagram. Well worth a look, a little bit of your time and perhaps even a bit of your cash… Here’s the route that the press will be taking to Germany: