Cycling in a skirt

One life, some bicycles. A million possibilities, zero clue!

The Night Before


It’s been nearly 4 years now since the idea of a ‘gap year’ raised its provocative head one evening after a bad day at work and a glass of wine too many. Spurred on memories of previous adventures and a sense of life sliding by at an alarming rate, the thought of ditching the bills, the endless zoom meetings and the shackles of adult life was just immensely appealing.

Usually though, there’s always that gap between wistful dreams and responsibility, a natural firebreak that stops the ‘if onlys’ turning into reality.

Until, one global pandemic, two resignations, 3 new tenants and an insane amount of packing and preparation later and, unbelievably, it looks like it’s really going to happen.

We are homeless, jobless and about to set out on 15 months of cycling around a large part of the globe, including Europe (countries tbc), Canada, the U.S., New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and beyond…..

There have been many moments over the last months and weeks where getting to this point seemed like it would be impossible. I’ve also questioned what on earth we’re doing as we’ve sold our possessions; spent an inhuman amount of time on the internet researching everything from camping chairs to VPNs to bike knickers (there may well be a future post on this); and just about killed ourselves in the effort to cram our remaining stuff into any spare storage space.

But we have done it. My exhausted body may well be held together by strapping tape and ibuprofen but there are a pile of panniers and bikes in the hallway and a ferry ticket booked for tomorrow morning when, at 6am, we will cycle the 9 miles to the port and board a ship to France.

So it looks like we’re really doing this thing after all.

Oh crap!

See you on the other side (of the channel), first stop Cherbourg!

And finally…..Huge and heartfelt thanks to my wonderful and long suffering family for housing both us and our belongings and making sure we set off fed and happy. 


If you enjoy reading about adventure, travel, cycling or all 3 why not check out my book: How To Cycle Canada the Wrong Way.


It’s the story of a forty-something woman with no clue in life and no cycle touring experience. What she does have is a sense of adventure, a second hand bicycle and a skirt and the idea of riding across Canada….the wrong way.

Available on Amazon in e-reader and paperback formats.


Author: cycling in a skirt

A forty-something, journeying through life on two wheels. Possessor of limited common sense and practical ability, but full of a passion for adventure, life and bicycles. Writing about the highs and lows of cycling, cycle touring, skirts, silliness and the daily struggle not to grow up and be responsible.

11 thoughts on “The Night Before

  1. Godspeed to both of you! Should you decide to pass by Siegerland, Germany or Friuli, Italy you will just be more than welcome!

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  2. Good luck 🤞 I look forward to reading about your adventures 🙂

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  3. Thank you! I’m equal measures of excited and terrified 🙂

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  4. Bon Voyage! We just spent the last 6 weeks cycling north through France from Portugal. Three more weeks to go. So lovely.
    From one cycle nerd to another, each day will feel hard by the time you get to your last 5 miles. No matter what. And then, miraculously, the next morning you’re ready to roll again!! Excited to follow Along!!

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  5. You are so right. Although after all the stress of packing the house just having 4 panniers feels like a joy! Enjoy the last weeks if your tour which sounds wonderful. Wishing you tailwinds and good coffee shops!


  6. Looking forward to following your journey.
    We both are. Are you coming our way? You are always welcome here…

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  7. Not sure of route as yet as we only have the first week planned but will keep you posted. It would be amazing to see you if we do x


  8. Good luck and enjoy.

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