Towards Wales – a green fairytale

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Our latest blog post has been a while ago, which basically means that we are fully enjoying our freedom. It is difficult to start writing this blog, as so much has happened in the past 1.5 month! So let’s just start where we stopped. After our break in Hertford we continued our way towards the South-West part of England. We passed Cambridge and drove slowly through typical English landscapes for several days. The city of Bath was a nice in-between stop, although cities are quite overwhelming for us after spending most of the time in nature. So as a result, we only spend one afternoon in the city, which was more than enough in our opinion 😉. We did post some photos of this part of our journey on Instagram already, please see the posts below:

From our friend’s place in Taunton we decided to do a small trip with less luggage towards the Jurassic Coast. (Mainly to avoid the crowd in Wales during the Queens Jubilee-weekend). The first two days were beautiful, the coast was very hilly, thus quite challenging as we were still at the beginning of our tour. As we are two different people, we both have a different approach of going up a hill. If it’s steep, Chloé prefers to go a few hundred metres and then take a 30-second break in between. Oliver goes up to the top of the hill and then takes a break until Chloé reached the top (usually 2 minutes after). Even if it was hard sometimes, we very much enjoyed it. In the town Beer (proost!) we got a random piece of grass assigned at the campsite as it was actually booked out. But in our opinion this was the best spot of the whole campsite and we got it for a reduced price, so: win-win for us!

After the campsite in Beer we slept at a Warmshowers host in Topsham wherewith we had a great time. We went to the pub ‘The Bridge’ which is the only pub the Queen of England ever visited. Unfortunately, Oliver got sick here, which made us stay a little longer at our host. But we could not stay much longer as Oliver his insuline need (Diabetis type 1) is much higher when he is sick, and the additional insuline was in our friend’s fridge in Taunton. We were forced to take a train, which felt wrong in many ways, but it was our only solution. Oliver did spend two more days in bed, after we continued our way. As we feared, Chloé got sick two days later – resulting in staying 3 nights at the same fishing campsite, which was not that great. During this sick-campsite-stay, we of course missed our own bed and the local supermarket near our home. But this is also part of travelling for a longer time. When Chloé was better as well, we finally headed towards Wales. Something we will never forget was Chloé her 360 degrees turn (on the ground – not through the air) while breaking in moss on a steep downhill road (never again!). Happy that we survived with only a high heartbeat of the fear… We captured the last hundreds of kilometres in the following post:

Wales was even more beautiful than we expected. So much green, and so many different variants of it! Just incredible. We did a hike in the Brecon Beacons nationalpark and Snowdonia nationalpark. The days after these hikes we continued biking further, where twice we learned that during hiking (especially up mountains), you use different muscles compared to cycling. Resulting in cycling with bad (read: very bad) muscle pain. We captured Wales in some amazing photos, which we posted already:

As this was more of an update blog, combined with previous Instagram posts (for the people who do not have Instagram 😉), we will post a more fun blog describing our communication on the bike (not so easy!) next up. Soon a specific post will also be dedicated to how generous and kind people are. Another idea is to write about our new ‘daily-life’ and the small things in life you appreciate while touring. We will try to post this a little sooner than in 1.5 months, promised!

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Greetings, Groetjes, Liebe Grüße, Bisous,

Chloé & Oliver

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