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’.
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.
Finally a whole week off the bikes! Shelley spends some of it jetting back to London while Baden finds things to do in Lisbon like feeding his face and listening to stories. We wrap up our final week in Portugal. You will be rewarded with some more stunning photography when you click through to this post.
In this episode of the How are you? Where are you? podcast we focus on what it means to finish the 800km Camino de Santiago. Recorded in Santiago de Compostela we capture the moment we officially finish, are joined by a special guest and whip up another treat on the camp stove.
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Just finished this book and thought it might be nice to put a short review on here. I enjoyed it a lot. It contrasted pretty starkly with the beautiful French and Spanish villages we’ve been riding through.
I only have a few secret weapons for helping me climb. One is to sneakily put my heaviest stuff into Baden’s panniers, another is entering a deep, trance-like state thus leaving my body, the third is my climbing playlist.