Monthly Archives: May 2015

Holiday from our Holiday Continued

Week 7 and 8

A holiday from our holiday continued

We have spent a fantastic week with family and friends, we’ve eaten and drank too much, spent lots of money but made memories that will last for a life time – for a fuller account of the past couple of weeks please open the main diaries which we hope to update later tonight.

We are now back on the road and in Turkey, we intend to spend a couple of days in Marmaris and then head north to Istanbul.

We hope everyone is fit and well,

all our best

Ginette and Gary

Ginette and Gary

Week 6 – A holiday from our holiday

Week 6

A Holiday from our Holiday

We are now in Rhodes (after another night crossing on the ferry), our apartment is perfect and ideally situated to visit the sights in the North of the Island.

We’ve cycled approximately 80 miles this week, the roads are in a state of disrepair which is a reflection of the economy in Greece. The staff at our apartment have commented that although they work all week they have no money at the end of the week.

Our routine is very chilled, cycle in the mornings and sunbathe by the pool/beach in the afternoon. Evenings are spent reading or drinking in the bar.

The reduced cycling and improved diet has meant we have put on a couple of much needed pounds on this week. Gary was looking a little gaunt, I could see his ribs and my new sports bra no longer fits. We need to watch this when we set off again and make sure we eat more.

We had a rebate from British Gas in the week so back on track with the budget.

as always if you want to read more about our week please go to the main diaries page.

Love and Kisses Gary and Ginette

Athens - Indian dancers in the background

Athens – Indian dancers in the background

a pile of stones we didn't pay to see - saved our pennies for ice-cream

a pile of stones we didn’t pay to see – saved our pennies for ice-cream

lost in a village in Rhodes - a great way to see villages off the beaten track

lost in a village in Rhodes – a great way to see villages off the beaten track

looking out to Turkey

looking out to Turkey

Gary picking me an orange - pricked his finger and the oranges wee very sharp in taste

Gary picking me an orange – pricked his finger and the oranges were very sharp in taste

Fifth Week (or is it week 6)?

Time is flying by…

We are now in Greece, arrived earlier this week by overnight ferry from Italy (nightmare trip described in detail in the main diary).

We have cut the mileage down lots as it is very hot over here and the roads are busy and dusty.

For the past couple of days we have finished cycling early (by 3 pm) and have camped up next to the sea and spent the afternoon sunbathing and trying to relax (which we are not very good at).

Highlight of the week cycling through the town we spent our honeymoon in, we could never have predicted 27 years ago that we would be cycling to Greece from England let alone we would be cycling all the way to New Zealand.

Next stop Rhodes we will be getting the overnight ferry on Monday night. We have booked an apartment on the North of the Island in the hope that we can do some exploring before the kids arrive and learn how to relax.

The apartment works out at €20 a night with a pool which is cheaper than some of the camp sites we’ve stayed at!

Mileage this week approx 330 miles

Hope you’re all well

Love and Kisses Gary and Ginette
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4th Week of our amazing adventure

Fourth Week

We are now in Italy, we had a lovely cycle up the french coast into Italy, some stunning views and lovely cycling conditions.

Sat in a car for 2 and half days – yuk, we both found this really frustrating, but a necessity to get to Rhodes in time for the wedding. We did manage to stop off at Pisa which we thoroughly enjoyed. We also stopped off in Rimini, not so great, we were only there for a couple of hours and out of season but in our short time there we didn’t like it very much.

The short cut (car hire) has given us some time to play in Southern Italy which is great as we have not cycled in this area before and we hope to take in a Greek Island on our way to Rhodes

Hiring the car was an expensive experience, not only did we incur car hire costs, diesel costs but in addition we spent a lot of time on the Italian motorway system and incurred numerous toll charges. On a positive although we have spent approx. €700 more than we had budgeted for we seem to have more savings than we initially thought so can take the hit without worrying too much at this stage. Like life in the UK financial things come and bite you on the bum when you least expect it so we are trying to be frugal, this will be easier once we are in more control of our time.

We completed the 1000 mile mark early in the week, maximum speed 38.5 miles per hour, average speed approx 9.8 miles per hour (based on my little computer as Gary’s Garmin is caput and is hopefully on its way back to the UK, I left it in a campsite but the kind owner has agreed to forward it to Hayley for her to return to the manufacturers)

We are really enjoying spending time together, at times it feels like we are on our honeymoon rather than an extended holiday, we’re appreciating each others company and having a laugh at the simplest of things.

As always the main diaries have been updated in the diary folder and we are uploading photos to Facebook when we can.

Hope you are all well and you had a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Love and Kisses Ginette and Gary