Cycling from Hull to Paris: Pedalling across the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France.

Mike biking through Germany

Cycle touring in the Netherlands

Back in 2015 I convinced 2 friends, Mike and Andy, to attempt a 550-mile bike ride across 4 countries in just 8 days. We carried our camping equipment on the back of our bikes and didn’t book a single night’s accommodation.

We weren’t cyclist enthusiasts or even recreational cyclists. We commuted to work on a bicycle and that was as far as our connection with cycling went.

We booked a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam to start the journey and a Eurostar ticket from Paris to London to return back to England. We just needed to fill the days in the middle with cycling. [click to continue…]

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North Bundy Backpackers Review: My 88 Days of Farm Work and Hostel life in Bundaberg

North Bundy Backpackers

Pros and Cons of North Bundy Backpackers Hostel

Pros:

  • Work is constantly available picking cherry tomatoes. It’s a good hostel if you want your 88 days finished as quickly as possible
  • The layout is very sociable compared to other hostels in Bundaberg
  • The TV room has 3 TVs, air conditioning and 2 Xbox 360s
  • Cheap compared to other hostels in Bundaberg
  • The reception staff are helpful.

Cons:

  • The cleanliness is appalling
  • The Wi-Fi never works
  • No aircon in the rooms
  • The waiting list for work seems to have no structure
  • Severe lack of hourly paid jobs
  • Not enough cooking facilities for the number of residents
  • Rules seem to be adjusted whenever it suits the owner
  • Their website states, “we have never had a problem with bedbugs”, which isn’t true. The hostel had bedbugs during my stay. In the hostel’s defence they acted quickly when bedbugs were reported but it seemed like they were fighting a losing battle.

I arrived at North Bundy Backpackers with the promise of starting work the following day. I was hoping to save a lot of money whilst ticking off the required 88 days for my second year visa.

At North Bundy Backpackers everybody starts work on the cherry tomato farm until a “real” job becomes available. It took me 4 days to receive a better-paid job, some people waited over 2 weeks and others have started a good-paying job on their first day. It all depends on the supply of workers and the demand of the farm jobs available. It’s almost inevitable that you will spend some days picking cherry tomatoes. I completed 22 days on the cherry tomato farm and 66 days on my allocated farm.

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A MicroAdventure: Lobster Potting, Sea Fishing and Wild Camping in Scarborough

Scarborough-Marine-Drive

“MicroAdventure” is a term coined by Alastair Humphreys. Alastair campaigns for everyone to embrace the outdoors and have an adventure regardless of their location, free time or financial situation. A Microadventure is just that; a small adventure that requires little planning or equipment. 

“Adventure is a loose word, a spirit of trying something new, trying something difficult. Going somewhere different, leaving your comfort zone. Above all, adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity. If this is true then “adventure” is not only crossing deserts and climbing mountains. Adventure can be found everywhere, every day and it is up to us to seek it out. Adventure is a state of mind.”
Alastair Humphreys

Alastair is running the MicroAdventure Challenge throughout June, 2016. The challenge encourages his audience to have a microadventure and submit a blog post, social media photograph or video. Alastair’s goal is for a microadventure to take place in every county of the UK.

My microadventure plan was simple: I wanted to catch a lobster, I wanted to go sea fishing and I wanted to wild camp. I wanted an adventure with a seafood feast as the finale. This isn’t an adventure to a fisherman. It’s a day job with a night of sleeping rough. To me, this is new and an adventure nonetheless.

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