Thursday, November 22, 2018

Cycling in Japan Autumn 2018

I had the most amazing time cycling in Japan.

My first adventure was to cycle the Shimanami Kaido an amazing cycle route that travels from Shikoku (Imabari) to Honshu (Onomichi) using the road bridges across the islands in the Inland Sea. I've done this journey before by ferry before the bridges were complete in 1998 but have always wanted to cycle it.
My 2nd adventure was exploring Kyoto and Typhoon Trami

My 3rd adventure was cycling the Noto Peninsula and up into the mountains to Shirakawago.

Photos Cycling Japan 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Azores in August

I spent the first 2 weeks in the azores on a wonderful walking holiday.
Click here for the photos Azores 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Travels on my bicycle - Along the Canal

Lovely bike ride today Hilton to Tutbury for breakfast at the Castle Cafe then to Stretton and along the canal to Stenson Lock
then Derby Route 66 to Mickleover and then the Great Northern Greenway home. I found some new paths from Littleover to Mickleover - I don't think they are meant for bikes but they were very interesting !

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Come and drink Tea, Coffee and eat Cake for Breast Cancer Care

Hi Everyone Jooles and I are holding a tea party for Breast Cancer Care

Friday 20th July
10am to 3-30pm
Sian's House

If you can't get here you can still donate

See you there

Love Siân and Jooles xxx

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bearded Theory 11 Festival - 2018

I had an amazing time at Bearded Theory dressed mainly in pink!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cycling in Puglia May 2018

So then I had a slightly crazy idea - I'd ride all night through London  but then be near a London Airport so why not fly out on holiday?

It worked - my friend Fiona dropped me off at Heathrow and I got the 7:05 bus to Stansted. Luckily I'd packed hand luggage because you can't check in on Ryan Air until 3 hours before your flight but you can go through to departures. Stansted is actually pretty good! I booked the posh lounge from 1pm and drank fizzy wine until my 5:45pm flight to Bari in Puglia, Italy where my taxi driver was waiting to drive me to the starting point of my tour in Altamura.

Finally after a nights sleep I met up with the rest of the members of the tour at breakfast the next morning.  There had been speculation and I had been replaced by a plant pot at the evening meal! Was I from Stroud, why couldn't I fly at 7am from Gatwick on the Sunday Morning! I didn't tip the balance any further - 4 members of the party were from Stroud, 2 from East Yorkshire and then me a Londoner from Derby!

The cycling tour around Puglia was amazing wonderfully guided by Stefano and organised by Explore.

It was graded easy but lots of hills - you either need to train hard, be a member of Stroud Cycling Club or get an Ebike to really enjoy this tour.

We had amazing fun my highlights were:

Castel del Monte unesco link

Baking bread in Altamura

Cycling through fields of Poppies

Matera and our amazing guide Vivien
We then went to a lovely farm and learnt how to make Mozzerella ,
had an amazing lunch with the best mozzarella I have ever tasted, avoid the rain and then cycled on to Alberobello.
Alberobello is the city of Trulli dwellings, they are dry stone huts with cone shaped roofs which could be pulled down in a instant to avoid paying taxes by removing the keystone.!

From Alberobello we did a circular route and visited the town of Cisternio and then on to visit the Olive oil mill - wow I didn't know how many types of oil could be extracted from the same olives - it was amazing to taste them all and buy some to bring home!

We Cycled on to Locorotondo a "round place" on a hill and then to a vineyard where we tasted wines made by I Pastini - what a lovely place and what amazing wine! I'm enjoying a glass as I sit blogging - I shipped a case home! It was a wobbly 10km back to Alberobello!

I spent a lovely morning exploring Alberobello and then we cycled to Monopoli.

Monopoli is a bustling fishing town and our hotel was amazing it was an Albergo Diffuso Hotel Website My room was an apartment with a balcony onto the old town. The hotel had a central reception and breakfast cafe and then the rooms were dispersed through the old town.

The following day we cycled along the coast. A highlight was stopping at the ancient town of Egnazia, the museum was great and the town was fantastic - the best bit was having Nick who was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the town.

The tour was amazing! The group were brilliant fun and great to be with and Stefano our guide was so patient and chilled it just made it very special!

Good luck Stefano with your walk along the Camino and wedding at the end!

All of my photos are on google   Puglia Cycling May 2018

Ride the Night Women vs Cancer 2018

Wow what a night we cycled 104km through the Streets of London overnight - Tiring but amazing fun sharing camaraderie with 1300 other women raising money for 3 very special charities.

Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

I've raised £769.37 so far thanks to my amazing friends and sponsors.

If you'd like to sponsor me click here Sian's just giving page or on the link to the right. As you know this fight to raise money and support is personal now!

My photos are on google so click here to see them