This article is a translation of our post written last year for Nina’s 3rd birthday. It is still dedicated to every young or old curious person.
When cycling not every day looks the same. However, weeks after weeks we tend to get into a certain routine.
7:30 am: The alarm rings. Sometime we wake up immediately, pack the sleeping bags and the mattress. Sometime we snooze the alarm and go back to sleep. After all, we’re the master of our days.
8 am: Once we packed the tent in its tiny bag, we can have breakfast. We don’t always have a table and chairs when we’re sleeping in the wilderness. If we find a big rock, we can sit on it. Xavier prepares its coffee every morning and we eat bread with honey. Sometime we leave some oats at night with water, milk or yogurt with fruits. In Greece, there are lots of oranges, even in the center of big cities.
9:30/10 am: We leave the camp after we’ve packed everything in our pannier bags. Sometime a tire needs some air or we forgot some thing else. Then we start pedaling.
11 am: First short break after an hour of cycling. If the road is good, we could have cycled 20 km but if it’s going up, only 6 km. We eat a banana or dried fruits to get some energy. Of course, we also need to drink a lot of water. Then we go on cycling.
12 am: We cycle while landscapes are changing. We start to get a little hungry so we’re looking for a place to have lunch. Either we already have some bread and cheese or we try some pies in a bakery.
1 pm: We go on, keep on drinking regularly and having some small breaks to eat something or check the map.
4 pm: We start to look for a place to sleep. We need a place sheltered from the wind and where we can hide.
5 pm: When we find a place to pitch the tent for the night, we settle the camp. If there is a river nearby, we can take a swim to clean ourselves. Then we clean our bikes. We need to make sure that our chains don’t get to greasy after all the kilometers that we are cycling. Then we can start cooking.
6 pm: We usually eat earlier than at home. First we can have some starters such as olives or cheese. After a soup, we can cook some rice, pasta or red lentils with vegetables. We eat like kings!
8 pm: We usually go to bed very early. At night we read some books and sleep early.
That’s how a day cycling with Xavier and Angélique looks like!