Lençois – Guanambí

Lençois – Guanambí

Lençois – Andaraí

While in Lençois I’d been having some serious thinking time about the upcoming route. In South America the climate provides a few serious restrictions. One of those is not being too far south during the winter, both to avoid the cold and very short days. That means that it’s only really advisable to go to the end of South America (Patagonia) from November to March. The other, is that in the Andes, from Colombia down to Chile, the rainy season is October to

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Salvador – Lençois

Salvador – Lençois

Salvador – Feira

The part for my bike, which was sent overnight delivery on the Tuesday, arrived on the Saturday morning. While there was no rush from Pablo or his family for me to leave, I wanted to get back on the road and start going somewhere. The downtime had given me time to work on the website and come up with the new design, which is still a work in progress. The Awesome People widget at the bottom of the page is thanks to help from Dave at Tired

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Sandbach – Salvador

Sandbach – Salvador

The cable stopper that I was missing to put my bike together arrived while I was out and so I set to putting my bike together on the Sunday. I had to finish installing the gear cables, and then when that was done, take the bike apart again! I got one cable installed, cut the other one and then… another missing part. This time I was missing a female bayonet connector and I had a problem. It was Sunday,

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Off to Wales

Off to Wales

Sandbach – Chester

While I was home, I got my bike repainted, and so had the fun of taking it apart and putting it back together again. While doing so I re-did the cabling and changed some other parts. It was not a complete disaster, but it wasn’t far off. My mum and I would do one part of putting the bike together and then hit a stumbling block that needed a side task and delay to continue. From accidentally putting my chainring on the wrong side, because I wasn’t paying any

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Tomar – Porto

Tomar – Porto

Between Tomar and Coimbra I passed through a large number of quaint small villages bouncing on and off the camino. Even though I didn’t meet any pilgrims I did meet a lovely old guy called Carlos as I was walking past his house. He was outside gardening and greeted me with a Guten Tag, apparently he spent a few months in Germany. He apparently greeted every pilgrim that went past, something that seemed quite uncommon given most other people’s apparent ambivalence to my trip. He picked

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