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Two sides to paradise: backroad cycling in Croatia

Croatia Backroad to Montenegro

Two sides to paradise: backroad cycling in Croatia Continuing the story of our recent Balkan adventures, we return to Croatia, where after troubles cycling on the main roads we finally find a back-road heading towards Montenegro. You know one of those quiet gravel strewn roads you dream of, where traffic disappears, the sun warms your back [...]

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Crashes and close calls cycling in the Balkans

Crashes & close calls cycling in the Balkans Travelling as a family is nothing like travelling as a couple. Even the smallest members of the group are independent beings whose changing needs and capabilities have to be factored in as they grow. Parenting while travelling is a never ending game of weighing up situations, skills [...]

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Shooting Stars: Bivvying by a shrine

 Shooting Stars You can’t beat a good night of bivvying out for heightening the senses. Especially an unplanned one. With kids. By a small roadside shrine. Not far from a police border control. After you’ve already been warned you may not be allowed to pass. But what’s a family to do when the sun goes [...]

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Kravica Falls, Bosnia: A father & son microadventure

Waterfall climber at Kravice Waterfalls, Bosnia

Kravica Falls, Bosnia: A father & son microadventure On the way to Medjugorje we have an option to make a detour to an exciting sounding set of waterfalls. The mission has all the makings of a good microadventure… a clear goal, a bit of challenge and a rather vague set of directions.  But not everyone is [...]

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The Spinning Suns of Medjugorje, Bosnia

Cooling off on the road to Medjugorje

In search of Our Lady of the Mountains in Medjugorje With the lavender scent of Hvar firmly behind us as we head on our way to Mostar, we take a detour towards the mountains to visit the famous town of Medjugorje in Southern Bosnia. Riding along under a voluminous morning sky, we squint hopefully at a [...]

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Loving the Lavender: Cycling Hvar, Croatia

Cycling in the sunset on Hvar

Loving the Lavender: Cycling Hvar, Croatia After the strangeness of Split it feels good to get on our bikes. We’re all keen to see how we get on with the Croatian heat and hills. One of the joys of touring the Croatian coast is visiting islands dipped in sunshine and summer. And rumour has the [...]

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Biking the Balkans: Is it cool to go cycling in Croatia?

Getting ready to leave Split by bike

Biking the Balkans: Is it cool to go cycling in Croatia? Split was the planned starting point for this summer’s four week biking expedition across the Balkans. But over three days in the city, the intensity of the experience made us nervous. Could we do this, with children, one of them riding for the first [...]

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Monster Rollers: Downhill Scootering in Julian Alps

Monster Rollers. On a Downhill Scooter in Bovec, Slovenia Scooters are great for kids. In the back yard. But what about a downhill scooter? On a mountain? 18 kms of mountain? With sheer drop at the side? I don’t let my daughter go to the village shop unaccompanied on hers. Therefore I was a little [...]

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Raindrops on trailers and toddlers in mittens

Bike Touring in Slaidburn

Raindrops on trailers and toddlers in mittens It’s a long time since I pulled a toddler in a trailer up a hill, but the sensation hasn’t changed. It’s just as painful a business as ever, both mentally and physically. The only difference is it’s not my kid in the trailer today; it’s my 3 year [...]

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Gear Guide: Choosing bikes for cycling with kids

Tandem in the Tulips in Holland

Gear Guide: Choosing bikes for cycling with kids We’ve been cycling with kids since they could first hold their heads up and pretty much been through every possible configuration of trailer, bike seat, tag along, balance bike, solo bike and tandem you can imagine as we’ve figured out how to bike with one, two and [...]

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