Hello everyone, thanks for visiting the blog.
As you've probably already found out, we're spending July cycling from our home in Sidcup (near London) to Rome. The route is a total distance of 1300 miles, passing through France, Switzerland, and Italy before we finally arrive in Rome. The trip is a holiday and a pilgrimage, but we're also taking the opportunity to raise money for two fantastic charities; see more at www.charitygiving.co.uk/treloarfamily.
We're using this blog to keep an account of our journey as we go and to keep in touch with people back home.
We've wanted to make the journey for over a year and a half, and are finally just biting the bullet and going for it. It's definitely an ambitious undertaking; none of us have ever done bike touring for more than two days in a row. Between us, we have about enough French to forge conversation, enough Italian to say hello, and no idea what they speak in Switzerland.
But, what can I say? We have a thirst for adventure, and enthusiasm for the unknown, and an unquenchable desire to be in St Peter's Square, intact, in a month's time.
...and we've all done Duke of Edinburgh. No worries then.