The Graceful Cyclists

Cycle touring and other adventures

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Cornwall – without enough time!

Earlier this week we finished up a long weekend in Cornwall, exploring a few of the cute little towns and ports. For the first few days we were housesitting a young puppy named Letty and spent our days cruising around the villages near our housesit, swimming and walking from Cove to Cove. We really struggled with exploring towns with a 6month old dog in tow, mostly because of the innumerable […]

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Dartmoor Hike

On Wednesday night we headed to Dartmoor for our first overnight hike of the trip. We had a night free between housesits as we headed south from Hampshire to Cornwall and what better way to fill it in! Dartmoor is one on the UK’s oldest national parks, is covered in free roaming sheep, cattle and ponies but also manages to be an active military training area. All of which I […]

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House sitting in Hampshire UK

Hi everyone!For the past week or so we’ve been housesitting two lovely dogs in Hampshire, in a cute little cottage on the edge of the South Downs National Park. It has been pretty relaxing with dog walks and then trips during the day to cool tourist towns. Unfortunately my ankles have been playing up – so definitely going to have to sort that out before we start hiking!In a bit […]

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Wales

Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, everything in between – it is all hills! Big hills, long hills, steep hills, country hill, urban hills and then you get to the mountains. For the past week I’ve been riding with Will and Ollie from Gloucester in England, down to the bridge over the Severn and up through every single hill to Bangor (next to Menai) (but not in the shire). To say it […]

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Scotland and England

So the past week has been a little crazy. I got back from Iceland on Tuesday morning and took a taxi straight to the bike shop to get my back wheel fixed. By that afternoon my wallet was substantially lighter, my bike was even heavier, and I was ready to get going again! In the morning after a little faffing around to buy a new pump and some chain lube […]

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Scotland Cycle Touring Wrap Up

Well well well. What have we here? A pub courtyard full of frumpy english tourists. Frowning while looking out at the vertiginous ridge lines of the Lakes District. Guess I am not in Scotland anymore. After 5 weeks of cycling and 2 weeks of faffing around my touring in Scotland is pretty much complete. Yesterday I caught the train into Glasgow from Oban, put my bike in for service, drank […]

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Skye and Uists – a cyclists delight

Well what a week it has been. Again. Last Thursday I arrived Wednesday Uig (on Skye) after a few days of rain left me more in the mood to make miles than stop for breaks. Waiting for the ferry i met a swathe of other cycle tourists all wanting to talk about my bike or how far they had pedalled each day ( they all seemed to be smashing the […]

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Thoughts on fatigue and days off

What a bloody week. Not literally, but after consistent rain, fog, strong winds amd temperatures brushing up towards the Sydney winter temps I am tired and exhausted. As such I have holed up in a bunk room in Raasay House, one of the great british mansions now converted to a hotel, bunkhouse, cafe, pub and activities centre. Yesterday was so wet and miserable, think pedaling hard to get DOWN an […]

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