We are a couple from Kent, England, Mark 53, and Julie 46.
We have completed three short cycle tours in The Netherlands, France and Belguim. My 'Five Wheels to Amsterdam' journal is featured on the Ice Trikes website http://www.icetrikes.co/community/ice-blog/tour-to-amsterdam
Cycle touring is highly addictive :-) In 2013 we went on our first extended tour cycling the USA Transam and Pacific coast Now we are home all we can think about is getting back out on the road!
There is no better way to see the world than from a bike!
Why we like cycle touring
We enjoy the mental and physical challenge it brings
The physical activity keeps you fit and therefore healthy
You can eat what you like and not put on weight
You feel a real sense of achievement that you have got somewhere on your own steam
Cycling is more efficient than walking and its an environmentally friendly way to travel
We enjoy the challenge of keeping the bikes runing smoothly
It makes you appreciate the simple things in life such as a hot shower, hot food, the sunshine, a soft bed etc ...
You learn about how little you really need in life
You travel slowly enough to stop and smell the roses
You are not observing the world through a window which creates a barrier, you are living it, , feeling it, seeing it, and breathing it
Its a talking point with local people as they always stop you and want to know what you are doing and where you are going. Cycling puts you amongst the people
Once youve bought the equipment its a cheap way to travel
Gives you a sense of freedom and a buzz especially when your flying downhil at 30mph!
We like the unpredictability of not knowing what is around the next corner or where you are going to sleep, it keeps life fresh
We enjoy being out in the fresh air
The tough times build character and confidence
My husband Mark and I