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 […]

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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!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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TDE2012 – day 5 > Maximum climb day – Limoux > Andorra la veilla

woke up refreshed to the sound of the church bells ringing from the church just outside my room. checked the computer before heading for breakfast to find it at about 85% of the tasks I gave it the night before and that it was still transferring! *urg* I have a 20mbit/s uplink at home, uploading […]

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TDE2012 – day 4: Grand-Canyon & the plateau – Le Vigan > Limoux

after a very restful night we start out earlier than yesterday. we are looking forward to a new day with lots of new landscapes 🙂 we start at about 150m above sea level and headed up to a plateau at about 800m. vegetation is completely different here: only small trees and shrubs seem to survive. […]

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TDE2012 – day 3: Privas > Le Vigan

after a very refreshing night’s sleep, we can hardly get on the road, since the lady has seemed to have put it in her mind to keep us as long as possible: long discussions about where we are heading to, long breakfast, photos and goodbye wishing… it all adds up to us leaving at 0930 […]

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TDE2012 – day 2: first taste of the red line > Aix-Les-Bains > Privas

the hotel certainly has seen better days. i’m by far the youngest eating breakfast and even jc says that the people here are too old for his liking! this does not disturb us however, for us it is the first day trying to stick to the pre-planned line and our first challenge is to climb […]

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TDE2012 Day1: Rain & EV’s – Glattfelden, Switzerland > Aix-les-Bains, France

jc and i quickly fall into our travelling routine – since tw231 belongs to jc, he gets to drive first 🙂 rather quickly after beginning TDE2012, we hit bad weather – heavy rain and wind. after some 20kms of this we decide to check switzerland’s weather radar system. according to the data presented there, we’re […]

TDE2012 – all systems GO!

After some hectic finishing off yesterday evening, we started TDE2012 today, 715 am. Rain and unusually low temperatures are our companions for the first leg to berne. TW231 has GPS tracking capabilities – follow us by the minute!

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TDE2012 – preparations

above you can see all the cables and adaptors we’ve chosen to be part of TDE2012. this is – according to our experience – what you need to be sure to be able to connect anywhere you are. in our small grey box, (click to zoom) you will find our trusted multimeter and some leads. […]

follow us on twitter: #TDE2012

during TDE2012 we’re going to update you continuously via twitter – look out for hashtag #TDE2012. newest messages are going to appear either on twitter, here in the sidebar or via your mobile phone twitter app. you may interact with us instantly – we’re very happy to know you’re out there!

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