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  1. Thompson Crowley

    Cycling through europe (part 6)

    Farewell to our cycles… The rain had continued. It wasn’t particularly windy, so the drops just kind of casually fell to the ground around us, but it had been persistent. By the time we got to the end of our ride we were well ready to set up tent and get dry. And then finally we were there-...
  2. Thompson Crowley

    The river meuse cycleway (belgium/france)

    A short cycle through Western Europe (Part 5) La Meuse cycleway… After we’d cycled about 30km south of Namur we came across Dinant. This was an extremely beautiful town set on the banks of the river Meuse, with a large citadel looming high above it all. And all that beauty was reflected in the...
  3. Thompson Crowley

    A short cycle through western europe, part 4 - belgium

    Belgium… We weren’t sure what it would be like crossing the border from Holland into Belgium. We were both very naive. Would there be some kind of patrol? Some kind of gateway? We doubted it, what with the open borders. But we at least expected something. We were travelling along some small...
  4. Thompson Crowley

    Cycling from amsterdam to tilburg on a trike

    A short cycle through Western Europe (part 3) Our arrival into Europe… It was sad to say goodbye to Rags and leave him in a cage, but he wasn’t allowed inside the ferry with us. And there were a few other dogs where he was too, so at least he would have some friends to woof with. And we could...
  5. Thompson Crowley

    Getting started - my first proper tour!

    My first proper tour by bicycle started 9 years ago, when I was 22. I’d just returned back to Lincolnshire, the town where I grew up, after a year of travelling around in a campervan. The trip had opened my eyes, and I’d caught the bug of wanderlust. I was just desperate to get back on the road...
  6. Thompson Crowley

    Cycling on a tricycle with a dog alongside hadrian's wall..

    A short cycle through western Europe (Part 2) Hadrian’s wall... We arrived in Gretna green early on in the afternoon, with plenty of time to get to the chip shop and indulge ourselves. Gretna is famous for young couples and weddings, due to it’s position just over the border, and we saw a...
  7. Thompson Crowley

    A short cycle through western europe...

    Part 1: Setting off… We’d been dying to get back on the road for what seemed like ages. I’d had my passport for over a year and I still hadn’t really used it properly. We were also madly in love, and had been for many years. So, our conclusion was this- get married and then go travelling around...