A Spanish map has limitations when the road signs are in Catalan

I set out at 7:30am on Sunday morning and then had a very frustrating hour and a quarter trying to find my way out of Barcelona. All the carefully typed directions that made perfect sense on Saturday night looked like complete gibberish by Sunday and the Barcelona authorities seem to design road signs to confuse […]

A dire warning and a small diversion

“Some serious advice. Stop. Get a bike with some decent gears. It’s a BAD idea!!” A few encouraging words from ‘Gearoldmuar’, November 17th 2011 on the Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) discussion board, in response to reading about my plans. When you consider that Sturmey Archer (a Birmingham, UK, company) was selling over 2 million of its […]

On our way

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux. I started writing this from the little Internet cubicle of the Ibis Hotel in Chateauroux, a small town between Orleans and Limoges. I was typing very slowly due to the infuriating transposition of keys that gives the French keyboard its unique […]