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Day nine I stopped using toilet paper

Once I arrived in Rajasthan in the lovely town of Bundi I got to the cheapest hotel of my whole trip. 230 Rupees a night, with shared toilet. For some reason in my room on the beach there was a roll of toilet paper so I just kept using it, but now here in “real India” the paper was no longer supplied and I had to go kack handed just like the 1.3 billion indians do. There’s a lot to be said for it much easier on the bottom for a start 😉

Day nine I stopped using toilet paper

So I spent four fantastic days in Bundi, rented a bike and went cycling around and just had such a nice time. It was much colder this far north though so by the time the sun went down it was polar jacket and a few layers to keep warm and a nice thick blanket on the bed.

Bundi town in 60 Seconds

Watch my cycle around Bundi video below

Bunty’s Ringo Star Restaurant

Bunty was a really nice guy, so I shot this video of him for the fun of it and put it on-line in the hope that it would create a bit of business for him. In the end I did a few videos for people and they were all just so happy about it, it was very gratifying.

Bundi in Sixty Seconds part II

How to wrap a Samosa

After Bundi I had a long day training it to Udaipur via Chitoirgarh

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Camper van cycling road trip France

Camper van cycling road trip France a two week trip with 4500KM of driving and a few hundred KM of cycling up some epic French mountain passes.

Start off with a 328KM drive to Rosslare for the Irish Ferries boat to Cherbourg

Waiting to board

Crossing was rough.

The cabins are very good, great night sleep 13 hours non stop.

Entry to Cherbourg, I guess Napoleonic Fort

First stop “Chez Ginnie” a friend of Nadette’s who she met in India.


Then on to Baudelys “chez Jean”

Sardines and squid

Saturday Market

Neil cycled up the Pic de Nore two times in two days, the second day was a French race he entered. There were some issues with his UCI licence but it all worked out in the end. 24KM of uphill all the way.

Jean shows Neil his vines

Jean Sandrine Neil Richie and Nadette

Cycling past this sign, it aint no 2 minutes  😉

Stopping for lunch on the way to Mt Ventoux

Drying Tilleul in the sun, whilst Neil and I ride the Mt Ventoux from Malaucene

Getting ready

Made it, very hot I was slower than last year at 2hours and 10 minutes. Neil was 1 hour thirty five


Lunar landscape at the top of Ventoux

Neil does Ventoux second time from Bedoin, 90 minutes, one of the fastest on that day.

Looking down from the top

Proud Mum

We stayed for a few days “Chez Fabienne” in a tiny hamlet, Provence near Buis le Barronils.

“Chez Fabienne”

Unlike Ireland, French people are still driving their old cars, if they pass the MOT why not. The most ecological car is an old one. Not consumerism

Night talking


Lunch stop on our way to Col de la Bonneta

Top of Col de la Bonneta almost 3000 Meters


Found a great place to stop the night 2500 meters

Spot the MArmot

Road blocked at the very top

Neil searches for a mobile signal to upload his Strava time for the climb

Campsite for the night

Watch a short video here Col de Bonneta

Plenty of natural beauty


We then moved on to the Col de Galibier

Tough climb my sixth in seven days. Neil was much faster than me…

Looking down the Col de Galibier

Evening Meal at Alpe de Huez

Nice evning meal, were going to camp here the night but tractor started cutting grass very late. So moved down to campsite at foot of Alpe D’huez

Breakfast before cycling up Huez

Neil under the hour me 75 minutes

Last few days in the Jura with Catherine, Lionel and Augustin.

When in France

Lots of cows in the Jura, the home of Compte Cheese

Camper van cycling road trip France

Last spin in  France

Boat trip home

Camper van cycling road trip France

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