We used the same company called Cicloturisme Medi Ambient who would provide the bikes and the Estartit owners association for the accommodation. We got a good price for 7 night’s accommodation in a 4 bedroom two bathroom swimming pool villa (£100), hire of bike (£62) and taxi transport to l’estartit, bus back.(£18) with the flights (£55) that made £235 each.The company were also on hand to give us assistance which we needed on one of the days with so much dust. All the photos here and the trip and the documents.  Continue reading “Emporda”



Cycle local bike tracks – river side, country, village route, seaside all possible – Bremen has three green rings for cycling. Map of routes.

Thu 10 Sep Blocklands 30 miles

Thu, 10Sep09 Flight FR3637 Depart EDI at 06:20 and arrive BRE at 08:55. Drop off luggage at Bremen Youth Hostel where we stayed for £22 per night. Meals £5 and bar open till 3am. Got hire bikes from Radort Bremen at £12 a day – not the best bikes we have ever hired.

Cycled the Blocklands, an area of reclaimed land since 1176 to the north of Bremen, along a route with beer gardens for cyclists. Wonderful paths, thatched cottages, produce for sale outside houses. After a three course lunch everyone fell asleep – the consequence of a 3am rise. The route back took us past the Wesser stadium where we watched the mighty Werder Bremen play. Chicken curry in hostel fro £5 was followed by Clag and an early night

Blocklands cycle wayproduce offered for sale with honesty box3am rise takes its toll

Fri 11 Sep Bremen 40 miles

Cycle west to Delmenhorst then south into the  Wildeshauser Geest Nature Park . Beer at Gross Ippener. Got train from Barrien to Bremen.

Sat 12 Sep Stade 40 miles

7.57 train to Cuxhaven arrive 9.22, cycle Elbe cycleway to Stade, a 1000 year old town, where we stay in Stade Youth Hostel.

Sun 13 Sep Hamburg 20 miles

cycle to Hamburg. Metronom train to Bremen 15:15 or 15 minutes past the hour. 1 hr 14 minutes journey time.

Mon 14 Sep Edinburgh

Raymonds birthday. Mon, 14Sep09 Flight FR3647 Depart BRE at 09:20 and arrive EDI at 09:55

Ronda Nov 2011

A trip to the Ronda valley with its own microclimate in Andalucia. We are on the cusp of winter so warm clothes essential. Fairly hilly so short rides on quiet roads past orange groves, blanco pueblos. Rich in heritage we will visit Roman, Moorish and prehistoric sites. Cooking in the self catering accommodation will use local olive oil , fresh foods and cheap wine. The circular routes mean rest days are possible. Map of routes.


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Girona Nov 2009

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Thu 12th Nov

Fly to Girona. Thu, 12/11/2009 Flight 7354 Depart EDI at 1830 and arrive GRO at 2220

Stay in Youth Hostel for €18 each.

Friday 13th Nov

Get hire bikes. €55 each from Cicloturisme Medi Ambient . Take 9.41 or 10.52 train to Flaca. €1.50. Circuit round La Gaxerre hills. Visiting medieval towns. Visit Dali’s Pubol residence. Lunch in Madremanya. Evening time visit Girona food festival. Stay in YH for €18 each.

Sat 14th November

Cycle greenway to Mediterranean Sea. Cycle North along coast to Palamos famous for its seafood where we have lunch. Up to Palafrugall, famous for cork making and then onto Peratallada where we stay in a 17th century farmhouse the Ca l’Aliu  for €80.

Sun 15th November

Cycle to medieval village of Peratellada, north to l’escala where Greek and Roman city is. West to Figueres where Dali museum is main attraction. Stay in Hotel Trave for €80.

Mon 16th November

Cycle south on minor roads to Flaca. Train to Girona for €1.50 ( roads dangerous).  Stay in YH for  €18.

Tue 17th November

From Barcelona Girona(GRO) to Edinburgh(EDI)

Tue, 17/11/2009 Flight 7355 Depart GRO at 1540 and arrive EDI at 1730

Danube May 2009

The Danube from Passau to Vienna.There are six things you dream of on a cycling holiday: flat, smooth tarmac, beautiful scenery, easy navigation, delicious food, a welcoming bed and an enticing final destination. The Danube River has it all. Flowing thousands of miles through Europe down to the Black Sea, the Danube is one of the world”s majestic rivers, dividing nations, uniting them by trade and creating a perfect cycle route at the same time. It is a heady mix of history, landscape, wildlife and delicious beer and wine.

Beer gardens lie beside the trail, tempting you with morning tea, lunchtime beers and meals and afternoon cakes and coffee. All this and the glorious Danube sliding by may well seriously limit the number of miles cycled each day! Every 2 or 3 miles is a small village, each with several guesthouses welcoming weary cyclists with Austrian hospitality and fine food. A train line runs the whole way offering respite to those that need it. Continue reading “Danube May 2009”