After not posting anything on this blog for over a year, we are on the cusp of getting the wheels turning again. So much has happened in the world since we last posted in March 2020 after our return from Thailand, but we are ready to start cycling again. The pandemic has changed us all in ways we could not imagine – it is possibly the defining event for our generation just as the Second World War was the defining event for our parents’ generation.
On Monday, getting towards being “demob happy”, we start out on our “Round Britain Quiz” cycle ride. Not quite the next leg to Australia but that’s on hold for the moment due to the pandemic (and may indeed be on hold for ever depending on how things turn out).
But we live in a fascinating country, deep in history but with lots of rain. So over the next 5 weeks we are going to be exploring the nooks and crannies of England, Wales and Scotland as we amble from Sussex (deep South East of England for those reading this from abroad), to Devon (South West England) and then through the beautiful and lesser known parts of Wales.
Then we plan to cycle across England to the Peak District (roughly in the middle of the country), north to the Yorkshire Dales and across to the wonders of the Lake District. From there we will travel North to Scotland (or “Nicolaland” as it is now known) where we hope to get in without a passport, and amble our way around the south-west borders and up to Argyll, where we will end by staying on the smallest and most perfectly formed Island off the Scottish Coast.
We can promise you a colourful cast of characters along the way – our route takes in stays with so many friends and family members that this is a key part of the joy. We have all been locked down in isolation for the last year and are looking forward to relearning the delights of conversation, shared laughs and the fun of company.
So please come with us on the domestic jaunt. We love your company and enjoy your feedback.