Just catching up with some people who have been in contact with me and who I have contacted over the past few months….
- George Jemmott continues his journey to Calais and you can read his blog here. It will be interesting to see his GPS data when he finishes
- Laura Birchenough, another WordPress blogger is heading in the other direction after having started her cycling trip in southern Italy she is now in Greece. For accommodation she is using a mixture of camping and Couch Surfing. I’ve mentioned Couch Surfing before (albeit quite a while ago). I’ve asked her how she is getting on with the CS and may well spend a few minutes reacquainting myself with the CS site. I am able to offer a “couch” in my flat now that the lodger has gone…
- Australian Ian Hendry has postponed his trip to Europe for the time being due to personal circumstances but is still hopeful to do the Eurovelo 5 from London to Rome at some point in the future.
- No news from Neil Shirley who contacted me a couple of days ago about cycling from Oxford to Milan but a chap called Vernon Osborne has commented on the post where I answered Neil’s questions. He writes: ” Have chanced upon your webpages and have read your correspondence with Neil from Oxford. I was so pleased to have done so as I too am planning a (charity) cycle from Siena to Valletta in June 2011. I intend following the (west) coast of Italy down to Reggio di Calabria then ferry to Messina and hugging the coast to Syracuse before getting a ferry to Malta. I am desperately trying to get information on the best route to take from Siena to Reggio (like Neil, I am a novice). The information on routes in Italy seems to lessen the further south you get ! I will keep in touch with your progress but would be grateful if you have any advice / information for me. I am doing this trip with friends to raise money for child cancer – CLIC). Training in the UK has begun already !! ” I’ll make sure that I get back in touch with Vernon, hopefully with some more detailed information about the Italian Cycle Network Route 3 than I currently have! The map shows how there is quite a stretch of similarity between his route and mine. He does have 10 months to reflect upon my experiences as he isn’t cycling until June 2011. Watch this space Vern! 🙂
And if you turn to page 146 we will sing Hymn number 23……
Sorry for not coming back to you sooner, I have been away for easter with my family.
I am still planning on going on my trip and plan to leave around the 30th April.
My planning is in no way as detailed as yours and infact I only have 3 weeks to sort my bike out and also a rough route to take. I am fairly relaxed about it all really as I plan to just take each day as it comes. For me, that will be the adventure.
However, I really appreciate your site and will visit it often between now and when I leave. The more your detail regaring the route the better for me (sorry!).
Speak to you soon.
Good luck with your planning and with the trip! If you have any questions, just ask, either through the blog, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or even by phone
: 07970278569 . Happy to be of assistance and would be interested in having a chat once you get back to hear about how it all went!