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AMSTERDAM WOOHOO!
26/08/2009, 21:59
Filed under: Holland

On day 6 we finally got to the city who gave birth to capitalism apparently. We’ve now been here for a week, chilling with Muz’s friend Ali and his dog Cina. Also finding front panniers and racks as we don’t want to have the trailer anymore. It was hurting Muz’s knees, so Amelie took it in Holland when her knee got better (we’re taking turns!), but it is just too much drag, as an Englishman met on the way told us. He was going to festivals in Holland and in England, travelling on his bike with full panniers and a bucket and an umbrella attached to the top tube of his bike: “an Englishman doesn’t travel without an umbrella, take an umbrella with you and it’ll never rain!”. He was quite nice and gave us some tips about where to sleep, and how things work in the Netherlands.

We also met Laurence James in Den Haag, a great man! Muz was just asking where he got his front racks from as we were looking for some, and when we asked what he wanted for them he said “just get me a strong drink!” Nice one Laurence!

And we’re also spending time on the internet finding wwoof farms and writing this blog! Yes we’re a bit late, but we’re catching up! now we hope we’re going to be able to update the blog more regularly.

Photo-0062Here’s Ali with his dog Cina, really nice dog! In the house there is also two cats, Poes (pronounced Puss) and Zappa.

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And here’s a few pictures from Amsterdam

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THE GAMBLE SHOWING AT PORTOBELLO FILM FEST!
25/08/2009, 13:25
Filed under: Home

THE GAMBLE, is showing at portobello film festival soon..!

WED 9 SEPT  6-11PM

@ WESTBOURNE STUDIOS,242 Acklam RD, W10 5jj

go check it out! and you can tell everyone there you know me and try get a free drink as i wont be there!!

also following gamble theyre showing my EXPERIMENTAL FILM   ”MAN & TV”  starring Dr Phill Evans

 

check out their program online, the festival is free!! wish i could go..

www.portobellofilmfestival.com



DAY 4 Ferry
17/08/2009, 19:48
Filed under: England, Holland

We caught the ferry at 9am! We’re certainly not the only cyclists there, we can see we’re going to Holland the bicycle country! A group of them had loads of coca cola bottles on their bikes and nestle cheerios cereals :-[.

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The crossing is 7 hours long. They trying to squeeze money out of people like they squeeze lemons: a shop, 2 restaurants, a cinema is on board. Multiple announcements to remind everyone they must buy. But our stomachs had to be filled up and we hadPhoto-0058 to buy breakfast,a bit of a scank I tell ya.

Muz  had finally the first opportunity to play his trumpet on the deck.

Arrival in Hoek von Holland. We discover that there’s cycle lanes EVERYWHERE! We didn’t even bother getting a map as we found this cycle route going along the coast to Haarlem, where we will need to turn to go to Amsterdam. It’s very well signposted, we can’t get lost! Along the coast the landscape is pretty amazing: on our left we’ve got the sea, and on our right, we’ve got a sea of greenhouses as far as the eye can see! Sorry pictures missing, the camera ran out of battery! There’s also sheep everywhere!

We went to the beach at sunset and had a paddle.ha ha



DAY 3
16/08/2009, 19:31
Filed under: England

After offering oranges to the forest, we set off and up the hill we rode! Passed Colchester and finally getting into the countryside and riding onto small lanes. On one of them was a man riding a horse. Murat beeped the horn, and the man got a bit pissed off and gave us a lecture on how to make the horse aware of presence in advance by wistling for example. He was very nice about it though, as we apparently nearly killed him!

We then reached the coast, and shortly after found a caravan site to pitch the tent for free. It’s really near to Harwich, from where we’re catching the ferry to Holland the next day! People in the caravans are really nice and offered us boiling water to make tea.Photo-0055Photo-0056



DAY 2
15/08/2009, 19:10
Filed under: England

Photo-0052Photo-0054We carried on cycling, up and down hills, Murat’s pullin the trailer as Amelie hurt her knee,not too bad, just falling from being not used to the new clip on pedals system, you can see she’s still pretty strong and feeling like Hercules 😉

You can see Muz’s new design for the trailer: got rid of the heavy duty plastic box and made a super duper spider web out of old inner tubes to put all our stuff on.

We got to Danbury Park and slept in some woods, public paths all around but pretty peaceful. Someone with a sausage dog said hi.



DAY 1- 14 Aug 09
14/08/2009, 18:57
Filed under: England

Photo-0046Photo-0047We left Charlotte’s place in Leyton in the afternoon, had food (in Leyton too!) … Needed to fill up the bellies before the tour! Few kilometers later, near Chigwell, Murat got a puncture!! Not even long enough to feel we really left! But he’s not the only one, you can see the red car at the back on the picture, they had a puncture too! Weirdly many more cars stopped to ask them if they needed help, none for us appart from the guy looking after the house nextdoor, although we maybe stayed there for about one hour! No, we know how to fix a puncture, it’s just that the tyres were new and really tight, so we were getting new punctures each time we were putting the tyre back on!!

p.s: check out our Calvin DeKlein poses..! 🙂 ha ha! Don’t know what happened there!?

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Anyway we fixed them in the end, and cycled a bit more to find a place to sleep, and found a random field, and slept in one of the corner, half hidden. The only passerbys were people walking their dogs in the eve and in the morning, not particularly friendly…