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by smith4188
3 Dec 2015, 6:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: £1 a day tour completed
Replies: 31
Views: 5567

Re: £1 a day tour completed

We originally planned for 100 days but for one reason or another decided to speed up. In the end it took 66 days.
by smith4188
3 Dec 2015, 5:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pyrenees
Replies: 22
Views: 1806

Re: Pyrenees

I've been over the Pyrenees five times now, in both directions over Roncevalles (1000 m, both September), southwards via Andorra (2400 m in August), northwards from Ripoll (about 1500 m, April) and southwards along the coast via Hendaye (almost 0 metres, July). There was a little snow kicking about ...
by smith4188
3 Dec 2015, 4:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging Devices Whilst Touring - Options??
Replies: 39
Views: 2767

Re: Charging Devices Whilst Touring - Options??

I used a Portapow solar panel and battery this summer. The solar panel folds into three and when not in use can lie flat against the back of your pannier taking up little space. With bungees fed through its canvas loops you can strap it over your rear rack, and while every panel won't be angled dire...
by smith4188
3 Dec 2015, 3:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: £1 a day tour completed
Replies: 31
Views: 5567

Re: £1 a day tour completed

The topic of budget travel comes up frequently on cycling forums and so I hope it's not too much self-promotion to mention that the book of our £1 a day ride in now out. It's available from Amazon on Kindle or in paperback and called "Hungry for Miles: Cycling across Europe on £1 a Day". I...
by smith4188
26 Aug 2015, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: £1 a day tour completed
Replies: 31
Views: 5567

Re: £1 a day tour completed

Thank you very much. When someone tells me they're enjoying what I'm writing, that is all the incentive I need. Hopefully I'll be back home in 3 weeks. Until then I'll enjoy the Spanish sunshine, the French clouds and the English drizzle. Thanks again.

Cheers
Steven
by smith4188
25 Aug 2015, 12:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: £1 a day tour completed
Replies: 31
Views: 5567

Re: £1 a day tour completed

You're right. It didn't include the ferry. Unless you own a yacht, or know someone who does, you aren't crossing the channel for free. And yes we camped in a few farmer's fields but there were no showers or free laundry, and the few times we were gifted a meal we factored into our expenses what our ...
by smith4188
23 Aug 2015, 8:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: £1 a day tour completed
Replies: 31
Views: 5567

Re: £1 a day tour completed

Well done on finishing! Is there going to be a book coming out, or even an online diary? I don't use Facebook. What was the negativity about the trip? Some people thought it ill-conceived. Some even said it might kill my co-riders. It wasn't and it didn't. And yes, there'll be a book. I just need t...
by smith4188
23 Aug 2015, 5:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: £1 a day tour completed
Replies: 31
Views: 5567

£1 a day tour completed

On Thursday three of us reached Gibraltar on the Ride and Seek 2015 £1 a day tour. We had a fair bit of negativity about the trip but that was good because it was the negativity that spurred on one of our cyclists to come along. At least now I know that, whatever the state of my finances, I'll alway...
by smith4188
10 Jun 2015, 11:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11788

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Yes, the Facebook page is Ride And Seek 2015.
by smith4188
10 Jun 2015, 12:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11788

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Any thoughts on how things are shaping up, Steven? ... No-one has got cold feet? Since the deadline of May 15th when people had to tell me if they were definitely coming, all three who said 'yes' are still very keen - nay, excited! - to be starting in less than a week's time. We've all been sorting...
by smith4188
18 May 2015, 11:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11788

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

khain wrote:Is anyone keeping a blog of the trip?


Probably not a blog but hopefully daily updates and photos on the Ride And Seek 2015 Facebook page. If you're on Facebook, please come and Like us.
by smith4188
18 May 2015, 1:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11788

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Thank you for the kind comments about my book. As a follow-up to the original post we are now a team of four setting off from Liverpool in a little under a month's time. We also have two or three other riders who'll join us for part of the way. On another cycling forum the other day someone was desc...
by smith4188
10 May 2015, 12:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11788

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

smith4188 wrote:and thanks for mentioning it on here.


And - I've just seen it - thanks for writing the Amazon review.
by smith4188
9 May 2015, 11:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11788

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Finally! Steven your book is brilliant. The last two bike travelogues I've read had me wishing I'd never been interested in bikes, croissants, hotel receptionists hills and giving my bike a name. I've laughed out loud at a lot in your book. I'm pleased you have unashamedly chucked your dark humour ...
by smith4188
26 Apr 2015, 12:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11788

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Hey Steven. I'm still doing a sad clown's face [emoji17]that I can't join you this time and your merry caterpillar of bikes. I know I would have a gas and offer useful input. I'm sorry I'm not in a different '5 minute space' in life, but as you know we all end up stepping in dog poo when you take a...