Tour of Europe Planning Blog

Saturday, 6 July 2013

To St Petersburg With Love - Out Now

We cycled for over an hour till my Cateye computer reached the 500 mile mark. We stopped to celebrate by doing a song and dance to camera in the middle of the road! Craig did a video diary, as we cycled along, about how we had the road to ourselves, conditions were perfect and questioning what could possibly go wrong. Were we tempting fate? Clearly, we were as minutes later, the sky above us darkened and a torrential downpour of Biblical proportions assaulted us. This was just the beginning of what was going to be our day from hell!

"To St Petersburg With Love" is a quirky travelogue in the spirit of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Che Guevara's Motorcycle diaries and Peter Murtagh's Buen Camino. Proving that life is often stranger - and more fun - than fiction, this is a book about what happened when I attempted to cycle around most of Northern Europe in 40 days.

The aim was that of a cycling purist: to cycle on all land between Southend and St Petersburg, and back. The trouble was with just weeks to go, I learned of someone who took 2 months to cycle one way from St Petersburg to London. Had I bitten off more than I could chew?

With my friend Craig, an impossibly tight schedule, visa and ship deadlines, bear fears, mishaps and good fortunes, we set off on a life changing adventure to see most of Northern Europe. This is the story of triumphs and tribulations, challenges and compromises, of battling against all the odds and learning to let go off the rules to live the dream.

What began as a simple cycle to St Petersburg became a curious road trip to bring a consignment of custard to Anna, our Couch Surfing host, in Kaliningrad. All to learn a lesson that dreaming big is no use, if you don’t live big.

Available now on Amazon: "To St Petersburg With Love".

To Petersburg With Love ebook