Europe Avoided

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Percy, 26 Nov 2007.

  1. Percy

    Percy Well-Known Member

    Hi all

    Just a quick note to say I've finished, for those of you who were perhaps following my progress through Europe.

    Eight and a half months I was away in the end, through 17 countries, about 7500 miles, give or take. Here's the full list...

    France (three times in total - West coast, South Coast, North East corner)
    Spain (twice - two complete crossingsl)
    Monaco (Ahem - it is technically a country!)

    Final blogging here:

    Photo exhibition and some related writings now in the pipeline. I won't bore you all with random ramblings but am happy to talk about certain areas or places or whatever, if anyone wants to know stuff.


  2. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Sounds absolutely brilliant - I'm going to pour another glass of a particularly nice red on a spectacular offer from Asda and work my way through it!! Congratulations on should be dead proud of yourself.
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Excellent, Percy. Good on ya! :sad:
    I look forward to a more thorough reading as and when.
    It's a great inspiration to us; hopefully some/most of us can/will realise our dreams and plans.
    Good luck re-adjusting to a normal life; that's the hard part!
  4. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Welcome back Percy, well ridden sir!
  5. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member


    Well done and welcome back safely.

    I have followed your tale since I discovered it and have found it a "right rivetting read".

    What are you planning next?
  6. OP

    Percy Well-Known Member

    Thanks John, and Cathryn, Dayvo and Brock.

    I just realised I didn't put Turkey in my list, making it 18 in total! Forgetting it already!

    Anyway, to answer your question John, I am fortunate enough to have a bit of money still put by (amazingly) so am taking a couple of months off to get the aforementioned photography project organised (not a conventional 'nice photos from touring' affair, but more based on a certain concept. Sounds confusing put like that but it will, hopefully, be good and attractive to a gallery). I am also going to write a book - something I had in mind before I went but I didn't set out thinking 'I'm going to write a book about this trip - I didn't know what would happen - it might not have been worth writing. I do think there is something worth writing out of it though. I'm not sure it will be a traditional 'travel book'. I've even considered a fictional slant based on the trip - some of the people I met, stories I heard etc etc. I'm still not really sure what I've learnt from it or how I feel about it all - it's not really sunk in yet. I guess I'll find out when I start filling up that first blank Word document!

    I just realised you may have been talking about bike trips, and not really been after a long explanation of my literary aspirations! Well, you got it anyway.

    Bike trips - not sure yet. Not even sure if I'd do another big bike trip, but I would look for some challenge in any travelling I do. I think that's what makes it exciting for me. I've done some canoeing expeditioins before. Dunno, yet. I've always fancied Canada and Japan though, so maybe I will get back on the bike for them.
  7. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Yep, welcome home...
  8. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Never mind the number of countries you traversed.. What I want to know is how many pints of guinness did you find in them?
  9. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

  10. OP

    Percy Well-Known Member

    Ha ha! Yes, the good old 'G-Force'!!

    I couldn't begin to put a figure on it Brock. Got a fair few of them bought for me though, which was a bonus. And it took me to some strange places where I met some weird and wonderful people.

    I'm considering calling my book 'In Search of the Black Stuff'. :biggrin:
  11. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Serious respect from me mate! Bloody well done!:biggrin::becool::biggrin::becool:
  12. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member


    Well done, Percy.

    What an accomplishment.
    Makes my planned attempt at the Hadrians Wall route next year look totally pants.

    again, well done.

    RESPECT :biggrin:
  13. will

    will Senior Member

    wow congratulations
  14. just jim

    just jim Guest

    Respect, sir! Welcome back.
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