£1 a day tour completed

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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby velotramp » 26 Aug 2015, 3:38pm

Remember reading your Facebook post, think it was on bikepacker group and wishing I could join you. Glad to hear that it went well.
Funny really, I just got your book on kindle this morning then stumble across this.So far a great read and your sense of humour keeps me laughing. Now hurry home will you and get typing.

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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 26 Aug 2015, 6:25pm

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.

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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby Tacascarow » 26 Aug 2015, 8:12pm

Ben@Forest wrote:
horizon wrote:And Tom Allen did his whole trip starting with nothing:

http://tomsbiketrip.com/how-to-go-cycle ... ks-part-1/



And really, having just looked at some of the story, that's what I mean. He is personable and unusual enough to have traded some small services for food or accommodation on his LEJOG. And people will offer such once or twice because it's unusual. They wouldn't be keen if it was happening three times a week. That is not to denigrate what he has done or the way he is doing it - simply that it wouldn't work on a larger scale.

As a for instance I live pretty much on the route of the (walking) Coast to Coast. A couple of years ago I met a couple who were having problems and I offered not only to run them into a local town by car but also to use our lawn to camp on if they wanted it (eventually they turned down both). I was happy to try and help but I wouldn't do it three times a week. That's my point.
There are some people who take delight in hosting travellers & hearing their stories on sites like Warm Showers & Couchsurfing. Some have hosted hundreds of guests from all over the world.
I take your point about 'three times a week' but in some parts of the world it's custom to show hospitality to strangers.
When I travelled in India we where asked many times a day into peoples homes for chai, food, cool drinks or just shade.
If we had accepted a fraction of them we would have got nowhere fast. :wink:

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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 3 Dec 2015, 3:35pm

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 hope you enjoy it.
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby Shootist » 3 Dec 2015, 6:49pm

So, how many days did it take?
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 3 Dec 2015, 6:52pm

We originally planned for 100 days but for one reason or another decided to speed up. In the end it took 66 days.
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 4 Dec 2015, 6:06pm

Heltor Chasca wrote:The ONLY thing I'm not happy about is not being able to join you guys on the ride. It's my life ambition to sun bleach my eyebrows!


:lol: My weirdly blonde eyebrows weren't caused by excessive European sun. They're brown again now, but I'm riding around Britain this summer and I bet they go stupidly white once again. One decent sunbeam and that's it. I'm a freak.
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby robing » 7 Dec 2015, 10:50am

What ventures have you got planned for next year?
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 7 Dec 2015, 11:34am

robing wrote:What ventures have you got planned for next year?


As it stands, I'm planning to go to Morocco for about 10 weeks in spring to see what it's like before it inevitably falls to ISIS. Then a grand tour of Britain for what would normally be the summer months in any other country. But we'll have to see. You still planning another Spain variation?
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby hondated » 7 Dec 2015, 11:58am

I hate to be one of those naye sayers but check out CGOAB before you go to Morocco as someone has written about problems travelling through there recently. As for your book it sounds interesting so its on my Christmas present list. We went to Gibraltar this year but by plane as its far easier.

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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 7 Dec 2015, 12:03pm

hondated wrote:I hate to be one of those naye sayers but check out CGOAB before you go to Morocco as someone has written about problems travelling through there recently. As for your book it sounds interesting so its on my Christmas present list. We went to Gibraltar this year but by plane as its far easier.


Cheers. I'll have a look. Do you remember the name of the blog or blogger?
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby robing » 7 Dec 2015, 6:11pm

smith4188 wrote:
robing wrote:What ventures have you got planned for next year?


As it stands, I'm planning to go to Morocco for about 10 weeks in spring to see what it's like before it inevitably falls to ISIS. Then a grand tour of Britain for what would normally be the summer months in any other country. But we'll have to see. You still planning another Spain variation?


Yep, I'm going to do a month in Catalonia/Pyrenees in May/June, then not sure, might do something in Scotland if they get a summer this year! Good luck with Morocco, haven't been there for a long time so don't know what the situation is like there now.

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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 7 Dec 2015, 6:43pm

robing wrote:Yep, I'm going to do a month in Catalonia/Pyrenees in May/June, then not sure, might do something in Scotland if they get a summer this year! Good luck with Morocco, haven't been there for a long time so don't know what the situation is like there now.


I saw a blog on CGOAB about a woman who got robbed near Agadir but people can get robbed anywhere. Was that the one you meant? And if you're in Scotland in summer, I might see you there.
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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby hondated » 7 Dec 2015, 7:20pm

smith4188 wrote:
robing wrote:Yep, I'm going to do a month in Catalonia/Pyrenees in May/June, then not sure, might do something in Scotland if they get a summer this year! Good luck with Morocco, haven't been there for a long time so don't know what the situation is like there now.


I saw a blog on CGOAB about a woman who got robbed near Agadir but people can get robbed anywhere. Was that the one you meant? And if you're in Scotland in summer, I might see you there.

Hi again this is a link to what I read

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/b ... sted=0&v=f

I am sure I haven't put you off of going but I do think its worth having information of what difficulties you may face.

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Re: £1 a day tour completed

Postby smith4188 » 7 Dec 2015, 8:23pm

Sorry, hondated. I was mixing up two completely different replies.

hondated wrote:Hi again this is a link to what I read

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/b ... sted=0&v=f

I am sure I haven't put you off of going but I do think its worth having information of what difficulties you may face.


Mmm, interesting. And not in a good way. I think I'll just make sure I've got nothing at all worth stealing. I'll be on my second bike anyway, a knackered old mountain bike. The fabric of the seat is peeling. I was going to get a new one. I don't think I'll bother now. Thanks for the info.
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