Archive | July, 2012

TDE2012 – slight change of plan

room availability at the french coast is very bad due to french vacation season kicking in at full force. jc will no longer drive to la rochelle, france, but instead will drive from bordeaux direction north west until he meets the red line again.

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TDE2012 continues! > jc has arrived at the atlantic ocean

after another 1300kms, jc has arrived in gijon, northern spain. below some of the pictures jc uploaded from the trip. from here he will continue towards la rochelle, france > see the map below for details on his route. View TDE2012, 2nd leg in a larger map

TDE2012 – first technical problem

jc texted me > “have technical problem, am in albacete, call me pls” just a few seconds into our 3g-videocall it was clear what had went wrong… the pedal de-coupling mechanism has failed. in this state, the TWIKE can only go forwards, not backwards, since the backwards movement with the pedals engaged will mimic braking and […]

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where our electricity comes from…

being in spain, not renting, but rather owning an apprartment affords me with some perks other people don’t have when they come as tourists… first of all, i, usually, at the end of july, get to participate at a property owners’ meeting where very important issues such as the change of the parking entry gate […]


TDE2012 – 2nd leg has started!

thursday, jc has departed on the next leg of TDE 2012 this is his next stage: TDE2012, 2nd leg auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen you may click on the link to enter a fully zoomable map version. GPS tracking is active and you may see jc’s current location at the right at any time!


TDE2012 – a few days off

quick update on TDE2012. cruizing around alicante and creating quite a stir anywhere we go. then my family arrives and we head out to the airport to pick them up > one of our daughters will certainly want to drive back to the apartment with the TWIKE! JC & I have been planning the next […]


TDE2012 – day9 – TDE2012’s first leg over! el font de la figuera > alicante

we depart from la font de la figuera – very aware that this is the last stage of TDE2012 with Andrew and JC driving together, but more on that later. the blue line takes us, yet again, from hilltop to hilltop. one thing we’re sure of is: today we will end up at 0 metres […]


TDE2012 Day 8 – 45°C, FIRE & heat! Rincon > La Font de la Figuera

after a very nice cup of tea with some toast and home made jam we head – yet again – towards a nature reserve and some promising climbs. even though it is still early, we immediately notice that today will be much hotter than the other days. after just 20kms, we arrive at a larger, […]


TDE2012 day 7 – back to the nature reserves: mas de barberans > rincons

we leave quite early – on our way out of the village, we wave good-bye to the people who helped us the day before. such a small place! one lane roads winding through the village barely wide enough for the TWIKE and everyone knows everyone > better not be in trouble with any of your […]


TDE2012 – day 6: hello catalunya! andorra la veilla > mas de barberans

a new day awaits us and we are looking forward to driving towards northern spain today. big black clouds are pushing over the mountain tops and are getting cought in andorra’s valley – best to be on our way, before the rain starts to fall! we keep rolling down Andorra valley towards spain and keep […]