European Cycling Tour: May – Nov 2015

Starting out! Day 1
Bicycle touring in Lapland

Another gorgeous wild camp above the Arctic Circle.

After successfully cycling from Perth to Brisbane in 2013-2014, we decided we were ready for a tour further afield. Impressed by the ever-growing selection of Eurovelo cycling routes we decided to tackle parts of the longest one – Eurovelo 13 with a few deviations to pick up parts of the world we still hadn’t seen. – Starting in Norway in the Arctic Circle, we worked our way down through Finland and the Baltic States before heading further east to depart the Schengen Zone and explore Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. We then headed back to Romania, Bulgaria and onto the Balkans.

We are both in our 50’s, and when we started this trip we were even more unfit, overweight and did less training than even our first adventure. You think we would’ve learned by now. But no..!

Despite Mother Nature throwing us a few curve balls, visa complications and less than favourable cycling conditions in some of the countries we visited, it was still an amazing experience, and we’re already planning our next extended trip, starting April 2018 through Canada and the northern states of the USA.

We hope you enjoy our journey. Let us know in the comments below.

Bicycle Touring in Lapland – Part 1 – Kirkenes to Inari

We didn’t know any different- Still bicycle touring in Lapland– Inari to Rovaniemi

Midsummer Bicycle Touring in Finland – Cycling our of Lapland– Rovaniemi to Helsinki

Heating up in Helsinki – Our last stop in Finland – Helsinki

Chillin in Tallinn, Estonia– Tallinn

Island Hopping Estonian Style -Tallinn to Parnu via Haapsalu, Hiiumaa, Kassari and Ruhnu

Road to Riga – Cycle Tour Latvia – Parnu to Riga

Roaming Latvia’s Capital – Riga – Riga

A Lesson in Hospitality. Turning things around – Riga to Plost Krogs via Jurmala & Kandava

Heading to where the Wind is Born – PlostyKrogs to Skuodas (Lithuania) via Kuldiga, Aizpute, and Leipia

The Last of the Baltic States  – Skuodos to Vilnius via Kretinga

How to obtain a Belarus Visa in Vilnius – Vilnius

The Mysteries of Minsk – Minsk, Belarus

We abandoned the bikes in Moldova – Moldova

Roamin in Romania  – Iasi to Brasov via Roman and Bacau.

Anyone Seen Dracula? – Transylvania’s Brasov (Sighisoara, Transfagarasan  Highway, Bran castle)

Beer’s and Bicycles in Beautiful Bucharest – Bucharest

Ruse, Bulgaria – A pleasant Surprise– Bucharest to Ruse – Bulgaria

The Welcoming Green Heart of Sofia – Bulgaria – Sofia, Bulgaria

Smokey Bars in Balmy Belgrade – Belgrade, Serbia

Memorable Montenegro – Montenegrin coast including the Bay of Kotor

Adoring the Adriatic (on Touring Bicycles) – Part 1 – Croatia, Dubrovnik,

Adoring the Adriatic (on Touring Bicycles) – Part 2 – Korcula and Hvar

Time to move on – Split – Zagreb – Belgrade – Budapest.

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