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Roam If You Want To

5033 km so far. When we started this trip in Rome more than four months ago, we had big plans for free camping. We wanted to pay for as little accommodation as was reasonable all the way to Russia. Part of what we wanted from this journey was to be adventurous, to save some money, […]

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The Small Things

4965 km so far. When people ask us about our bicycle tour, they often want to to know what crazy or amazing things have happened along the way. We don’t really have any wild stories though, so we have to tell them that it’s all about the small things. On this kind of trip, even […]

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Island Hopping On The Finnish Archipelago

4926 km so far. When we first researched travelling from Helsinki to Stockholm, we looked at taking the ferry. However, the price was exorbitant, partly because we would have had to pay for a cabin for four people even though we are only two. This led us to start looking for other options. Local Knowledge […]

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Persistence Pays Off

4855 km so far. When I woke up this morning and unzipped the tent, this was my view. Life is good. Actually, I had woken up at 5:30am and the view was also spectacular. Luckily, the person who owns the cabin in front of which we camped did not arrive any time in the night, […]

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Cross Country

4771 km so far. Our wild camping spot turned out to be perfect. No one bothered us all night, and we weren’t woken by anyone in the morning yelling at us to leave. Finland has a brilliant law which allows anyone to camp anywhere, as long as it isn’t marked no trespassing, or near a […]

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In And Out Of Practice

4660 km so far. This morning was Stephen’s outdoor class in the park in Helsinki. We’ve been very excited about this one, partly because we’re staying with fellow yoga nerds while we’re here, and partly because every time Stephen checks Facebook, another 20 people have signed up for the class. Rusty Bones Everything in Helsinki […]

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Hello Helsinki

4634 km so far. It is great to be back in Helsinki with a day off. We rode our bikes for the first time in a few days so we could see the city. Helsinki isn’t very big, compared to London or Los Angeles, but it is spread out. With bike paths covering the city, […]

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A Perfectly Normal Day

4621 km so far. At 7am, when the ship’s tannoy announced that we were nearing Helsinki, I was overjoyed to discover that I had slept almost the entire night. Stephen had not fared so well. His night was The Amazing Snoring Roommate: The Return. Yep, the same freight-train-throated man who’d made the first crossing so […]

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En Route To Russia

4621 km so far. Considering Stephen slept for about 8 hours yesterday afternoon, it was a minor miracle that he also slept solidly all night, but he did. We’re not sure what’s wrong with him, but we’re hoping it goes away before we reach St. Petersburg, which we will just call Piter from now on, […]

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Wake Up, Boo

4621 km so far. I do not like getting up early. Today, because we took the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki, our alarm went off at 5:40am. This is way too early for me. I hadn’t had the best sleep as it was, with three mosquitos at different times buzzing my ear, and was unfortunately […]

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