Recorded under a shady tree in Retiro Park in Madrid, we take some time to fill you in on our preparations for Central and South America. We visited Cenas a Pedal in Lisbon to get help with our bikes and do some last minute shopping for supplies before our flight to Cuba. We also discuss our route, goals for the trip and thank some people who have helped us prepare for the next part of our journey in the regular feature, ‘In praise of’.
I have spent a lot of time and money with my friends at Cyclefit in London in setting up pedals and shoes to find a pain-free riding position on my racing bike. Time and money that I believe was well spent.
I can ride my Serotta Classique Titanium dream machine for hours on end without a problem. My position on that bike is perfect for me and me only and I’m a great believer in the concept of bike-fitting.
We found an oasis during the Madrid heatwave in the cool waters of our hosts’ plastic paddling pool, so we recorded the podcast there. This time we review our whole European trip. We pick out some bests and worsts, count up kilometres travelled and other statistics and discuss some of the things we’ve been reflecting on since we finished in Lisbon.
Before we planned this trip I began a course in horticulture, learning about plant biology, the soil environment and garden establishment. Once I realised I might miss my final exams I decided to make a special trip back to London in the middle of our tour to finish what I’d started. It was also the perfect excuse to see friends one last time.