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I'm quite sad... ๐Ÿ˜ขJust as I was about to head off it seems like we have to change our travel plans... I must have read some wrong information somewhere. I quarantined for 2 weeks in England and took 3 covid tests and thought I would be fine going to Ireland with it. But I would need to do the same again in Ireland. Only Irish people coming to England are free to travel right away. Not the other way around ๐Ÿ˜” there is a possibility to be able to move after having a negative pcr test after day 5 but I still have no place to quarantine in Ireland and it would take away at least a whole week of cycling..

So I thought about a new route which would have beautiful nature in it too and it seems as we are checking out #Wales quite intensively and going to Cornwall too. The route is around 2500 km and will take us at least 4 weeks. I'm sure it will still be a fantastic time and I hope that I will be able to go to Ireland very soon. Maybe another month this year (depending on when Zuri is coming on heat) and if not than hopefully next year! I'm really curious about Ireland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€ and I already got invitations from many very lovely people! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• So thank you everybody!
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I like to get your help and advise. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ This is our roughly planned cycling route through #Wales and #Ireland.๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ What do you think about it and do you have any tips on where to go and where to stay? Places we must see and others we can skip? Any tips on Ireland in general?
Thank you in advance ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ
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The 3. Video of our Scotland #biketouring adventure is online on YouTube.
In this episode we still struggle with the English cycle path entrance barriers but we also experience a lot of help from different strangers. At one point even a 90-year-old in a rollator gets up to move the dog trailer for us to get unstuck. โค๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• Besides a lot of stunning nature we also had the opportunity to sleep in a bed again at the apartment of the beautiful Katie @soulmadetotravel in Leeds
You can find the link to the episode in my profile โค๏ธ
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After over 4 weeks of waiting time I got my bike back from @baikschopp ready for our next cycling adventure to Ireland this year. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€With around 500 euro the repair was not cheap eventhough only the standard parts where changed as every year. Cycling is not as cheap as it may seem. Especially when you cycle as much as we do ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

They told me that there are already shortages in the supply of many parts and some won't be available before 2022. So if you need to get your bicycle fixed do it rather sooner than later and bring some time with you.

After 2 years of cycling in Europe I finally asked the question what to take with you as spare parts and got some quite interesting answers from the experts there. I will do an extra video on it very soon to make it easy for you to go on our own adventure wherever it takes you ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š
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The next video of our Cycling journey to Scotland is online on YouTube. This is a very important one because it shows the impacts local governments have on cyclists and the moving forward of sustainable mobility (or better the stuckness of it) . The current systems makes it impossible to get more people on bicycles with dogtrailers, kids trailers or even cargo bikes. Sustrans is trying hard to change this but it is often very difficult due to the local governments. Because this is such an important issue I will make soon a whole episode with English voice over. For now you see one of the most exhausting days on our journey with English subtitles in German language. You can find the link on my profile

What are you experiences in cycling in England? Do you find it easy? What about the cycling paths?
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I uploaded the first video of our cycling adventure to Scotland on YouTube.๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ You'll find the link in my profile. It starts quite exciting and with some quite unexpected troubles in England.. But see for yourself! ๐Ÿ˜Š Audio is German with English subtitles ๐Ÿ˜ ...

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I'm quite sad... ๐Ÿ˜ขJust as I was about to head off it seems like we have to change our travel plans... I must have read some wrong information somewhere. I quarantined for 2 weeks in England and took 3 covid tests and thought I would be fine going to Ireland with it. But I would need to do the same again in Ireland. Only Irish people coming to England are free to travel right away. Not the other way around ๐Ÿ˜” there is a possibility to be able to move after having a negative pcr test after day 5 but I still have no place to quarantine in Ireland and it would take away at least a whole week of cycling..

So I thought about a new route which would have beautiful nature in it too and it seems as we are checking out #Wales quite intensively and going to Cornwall too. The route is around 2500 km and will take us at least 4 weeks. I'm sure it will still be a fantastic time and I hope that I will be able to go to Ireland very soon. Maybe another month this year (depending on when Zuri is coming on heat) and if not than hopefully next year! I'm really curious about Ireland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€ and I already got invitations from many very lovely people! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• So thank you everybody!
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I like to get your help and advise. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ This is our roughly planned cycling route through #Wales and #Ireland.๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ What do you think about it and do you have any tips on where to go and where to stay? Places we must see and others we can skip? Any tips on Ireland in general?
Thank you in advance ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ
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The 3. Video of our Scotland #biketouring adventure is online on YouTube.
In this episode we still struggle with the English cycle path entrance barriers but we also experience a lot of help from different strangers. At one point even a 90-year-old in a rollator gets up to move the dog trailer for us to get unstuck. โค๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• Besides a lot of stunning nature we also had the opportunity to sleep in a bed again at the apartment of the beautiful Katie @soulmadetotravel in Leeds
You can find the link to the episode in my profile โค๏ธ
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After over 4 weeks of waiting time I got my bike back from @baikschopp ready for our next cycling adventure to Ireland this year. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€With around 500 euro the repair was not cheap eventhough only the standard parts where changed as every year. Cycling is not as cheap as it may seem. Especially when you cycle as much as we do ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

They told me that there are already shortages in the supply of many parts and some won't be available before 2022. So if you need to get your bicycle fixed do it rather sooner than later and bring some time with you.

After 2 years of cycling in Europe I finally asked the question what to take with you as spare parts and got some quite interesting answers from the experts there. I will do an extra video on it very soon to make it easy for you to go on our own adventure wherever it takes you ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š
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The next video of our Cycling journey to Scotland is online on YouTube. This is a very important one because it shows the impacts local governments have on cyclists and the moving forward of sustainable mobility (or better the stuckness of it) . The current systems makes it impossible to get more people on bicycles with dogtrailers, kids trailers or even cargo bikes. Sustrans is trying hard to change this but it is often very difficult due to the local governments. Because this is such an important issue I will make soon a whole episode with English voice over. For now you see one of the most exhausting days on our journey with English subtitles in German language. You can find the link on my profile

What are you experiences in cycling in England? Do you find it easy? What about the cycling paths?
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I uploaded the first video of our cycling adventure to Scotland on YouTube.๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ You'll find the link in my profile. It starts quite exciting and with some quite unexpected troubles in England.. But see for yourself! ๐Ÿ˜Š Audio is German with English subtitles ๐Ÿ˜ ...

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I think this deserve a single post.๐Ÿ˜ Gerallt suggested to visit Portmeirion, which is just outside of Portmadog. Unfortunately no bikes and dogs allowed but I still had a quick visit. It is a fascinating but quite odd little Italian village embedded in Welsh mountain surroundings.

Portmeirion Village, built in perfect Italianate style, is the product of the vivid imagination of architect, builder and bird of paradise Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1979). The village is picturesquely situated on a small peninsula, on the sandy estuary of the River Dwyryd to Tremadog Bay.

Already as a young man, Clough Williams-Ellis had the fixed idea of creating an Italianate village with colorful facades, classical colonnades, fountains and statues directly on the sea. He searched for a long time for a suitable location anywhere in the world and finally took the most obvious option - he bought Plas Brondanw, a villa with an overgrown park on a peninsula not far from his family residence, for ยฃ 5,000. Of the promontory on the coast of Snowdonia National Park, he wrote at the time, "A neglected wilderness long abandoned by romantics who had realized the unique charm and possibilities of the area, but who had allowed themselves to be carried away by the grandiose scenery... to a sad bankruptcy."

Here, between 1925 and 1976, he realized his vision: by building the village, he wanted to show that a scenic area can be built on without being destroyed. The backdrop for his village came from everywhere. The architect literally collected houses, different building materials such as stones, archways, columns, windows, wrought iron gates and in this way saved many buildings from decay.

Many famous artists and actors were fascinated by Portmeirion, including H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Noรซl Coward, the architect Frank Lloyd Wright but also Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergmann and Paul McCartney. In the 1960s, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, frequently rented rooms in the Gate House during the summer months, and George Harrison celebrated his 50th birthday here. In 1966/67, the place became the setting for the cult TV series The Prisoner (German title: Number 6).
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It’s all a bit mind boggling isn’t it ?

2 days ago

Before I was going to sleep behind the pub, Lois came to me while I was drinking my cider in the pub and invited me to shower at her place and for a coffee in the morning. I was waking to glorious sunshine with a view down the peninsula. Lois picked me up and took be to her house with a stunning view across the ocean! I learned alot about the Welsh and before letting me leave she gave me lots of food for me and Zuri to get us through the next days. I followed the route she suggested and the views where just magnificent. Glorious bays, mountains and the sun following us all day. We cycled around the whole Llyn peninsula until Porthmadog. Here Gerrald took us in. We met each other in Scotland last year and he took an amazing shot of us cycling past him up a mountain. We had a great evening together with Gin tonic, pizza and some Cider. ๐Ÿ˜ And I and Zuri could sleep in an old church, he recently bought.Through cycling you can see a country in a way more indept way. What I already learned about Wales, I would never be able to learn by just being a standard tourist.. I had such a great time and I feel so blessed to meet all these lovely people, who share their stories with me and help me along the way! Thank you so much everyone! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšฒ ... See MoreSee Less

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Amazing pictures and stories! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

Great to see how much you’re enjoying yourself Iris ! ๐Ÿ˜

so so toll.....

4 days ago

After a glorious sunset, I woke up and everything was cloudy. We cycled straight to Llanfairpwllยญgwyngyllgogeryยญchwyrndrobwllยญllantysilioยญgogogoch, the village with the longest name in Wales (longest Railwaystation name in the world). Just as we reached it, it started raining (and didn't stop for 6 hours). We found a really nice local Cafe (this one allowed dogs inside compared to the fancy one for the tourists) , were we stayed for 3 hours (by then I stilled hoped the rain would pass at one point). The owner told us about this crazy house (which we saw when crossing the bridge back to mainland Wales) in the river, where people live inside. 4 times a year with high tide the water runs through the ground floor. They just leave both doors open and live upstairs. At one point they close both doors and catch a lot of fish to eat. Crazy way of living! We then continued to the Llลทn peninsula. Just as we reached it, the rain finally stopped. The views where stunning but we had quite a steep hill ahead of us with 17 %. After pushing it up we reached a small village. And Owen, who runs the local pub there came out right away and offered us a place to sleep on the pub backyard. ๐Ÿ˜ It's a lovely pub there with a really nice atmosphere! I enjoyed spending the evening and night there a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšฒ ... See MoreSee Less

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Iris there's two ways by road to get to Anglesey one an old narrow bridge and the other is nice big shiny new bridge, well I was driving a bus and not quite knowing where I was going I asked for help a local dont take the entrance for the bridge take the second, Well i took the first entrance dummkopf!! I hand pull the mirrors in to get through lol. I couldn't go back because there was a huge queue built up behind me. Anyway have a great tme Wales is nice. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•๐Ÿค—

I've been there Iris, its Llanfair PG for short lol, I still have my platform ticket, if you can visit Portmerion its an Italian village, it was used as a flim set from Britain called the Killer, i think south of you, worth a visit, very peaceful and calm, it really is like being in Italy, and the ice cream is fandabidozi. Hope you and Zuri are having a great time and get some ice cream ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅฐ

The house sounds crazy

5 days ago

I'm a bit behind now but these are some beautiful pictures from Anglesey. We cycled all around the island. The first night we slept in the north east. I went into a pub there and met 3 nice old men from the village and they told me a brilliant place for the night with a view to the cliffs. The next morning we were just about to head off. I saw a very nice little restaurant. Very modern. The owner was very nice. She invited me to a whole breakfast and a coffee and even Zuri got a big sausage breakfast there! As we continued cycling a cyclist from the area asked us if he could cycle with us and he showed us some really nice places and small roads to cycle on. Anglesey is very hilly, so not for everyone. But cyclists love it there because of the quiet roads. In the evening I wanted to charge again in a pub but it was closed, so I asked the local Spar if I could charge there, which was no problem at all. The owner also recommended me a really nice church in the sea to look at and a good sleeping place in the forest. His friend gave me 6 kg of dog food for Zuri too ๐Ÿ˜… she won't be hungry for a while..๐Ÿ• We ended up in Newborough Beach, which is next to this beautiful forest and we saw an amazing sunset with Snowdonia in the background. WOW! I feel very blessed! The Welsh are all very very kind and helpful so far! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšฒ ... See MoreSee Less

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Berauschende Fotos, danke für deine Berichterstattung. Gute Weiterreisen

Very nice ๐Ÿ‘

1 week ago

Some pictures from our day cycling through Snowdonia. Just as we reached the mountains the sun came out and we had some gorgeous scenery all around! But due to the busy roads I wasn't able to stop often, so the best shots are on video, which you will see on YouTube later (type in Iris Joschko to find us).
As I told you my phone screen broke and the second hand phone I bought has troubles charging, which is a real bugger. I regognize how dependant I am to the phone (navigations, contacts, drone shots, music, social media, some camera shots etc). So I sadly do need to buy a proper new phone now because the replacement screen for the other phone is 280 pound ๐Ÿ˜”)
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1 week ago

I reached Snowdonia, THE mountain range of Wales after a beautiful but very hilly ride yesterday.๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ˜Šโ›ฐ๏ธ Unfortunately the weather shifted and it is raining today. Yesterday was brilliant but I could only start quite late. The display of my phone broke in the pub where I met Norman, but it was still usable. I guess I was quite lucky that it just stopped working when I was at Norman friends place with Joanna and Desmond. So they organized another used phone for me just to get me trough the journey. They both are really lovely people and they live in an amazing place in Wales with a view to the mountains! I got really spoiled there by them and their neighbor Pat with cider, vegan dinner, breakfast and lunch and even Zuri got a very tasty meal!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฒ Now we're heading to Anglesey. There we're checking out the village with the longest name in Wales... Prepare yourself! ๐Ÿ˜ ... See MoreSee Less

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Enjoy! ๐Ÿ’

1 week ago

I'm impressed by the kindness of the English already! ๐Ÿ˜
As you know I was sitting in the pub the evening before yesterday and just as I was about to leave Norman invited me to his farm to stay for the night. We had a great outside fire and some cider. He usually needs to get up at around 4/5 in the morning but he decided to spend the morning with us to show us around and we even got a vegan breakfast! โค๏ธ He organised the next night for me to stay at his friend's place in Wales too! It's a gorgeous place in the hills! I went to Chester before entering Wales. It's a beautiful city with a lot of Roman heritage. Just before, when I was waiting on a junction to cross Tony and Many invited me over to their place for lunch. ๐Ÿ˜ Zuri had a good day too! She got beef for breakfast, chicken for lunch and streak for dinner ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ• right at the end of our cycling day I met another half Chinese /half Welsh man with his son and they invited me to stay with them too. I'm really impressed by the hospitality over here! I'm not sure the Germans would be so generous ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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Germans are a bit more cautious โš ๏ธ. The Scottish were like Utopia for my stay ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’–

2 weeks ago

Selfies of the day ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ
The first night we could stay with Clare, an old school friend of Emma (my English friend). She was lovely! Completly exhausted from the first day (yes I always train on the journey) I got cooked a nice dinner and even vegan ice cream was waiting for me ๐Ÿ˜ yesterday my stand almost fell of a couple of times. They where quite some issues with it and I was just about to phone a bike shop to see if I can get a new one there as Clare's neighbour Cameron was so kind and offered to fix it. It took him around 1.5 hours and quite some skills but it seems to be all good now! ๐Ÿ˜ So I we had a quite late start in the day and just cycled 50 km so far. Right now we're sitting in a lovely pub close to #chester recharging the bike battery before we're looking for a place to sleep in the fields ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• tomorrow we'll finally reach Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ’•
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Selfies of the day ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ
The first night we could stay with Clare, an old school friend of Emma (my English friend). She was lovely! Completly exhausted from the first day (yes I always train on the journey) I got cooked a nice dinner and even vegan ice cream was waiting for me ๐Ÿ˜ yesterday my stand almost fell of a couple of times. They where quite some issues with it and I was just about to phone a bike shop to see if I can get a new one there as Clares neighbour Cameron was  so kind and offered to fix it. It took him around 1.5 hours and quite some skills but it seems to be all good now! ๐Ÿ˜ So I we had a quite late start in the day and just cycled 50 km so far. Right now were sitting in a lovely pub close to #Chester recharging the bike battery before were looking for a place to sleep in the fields ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• tomorrow well finally reach Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ’•Image attachmentImage attachment

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Are you starting in North Wales and going down the coast? I may have somewhere for you to put a tent up in SW Wales...

What’s the weather like?

2 weeks ago

We're on our way to Wales! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ We cycled 75 km today and I feel quite exhausted. Which is quite normal for me (because I always train on the way ๐Ÿ˜…)
The first day had quite some cycle path barriers in it but that was to be expected!๐Ÿ™ˆ Fortunately the Brits are very kind and helpful and 4 people helped me to the many cycle path barriers today. I also had to detach the trailer 3x..I hope that Wales gets better ๐Ÿ™ˆ
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Bravo ๐Ÿ‘ weiter so wird schon lass Dir Zeit , was macht ZÜRI

Good job ๐Ÿ‘

Gute Fahrt ๐Ÿ‘

Well done Iris!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿค—

2 weeks ago

I'm quite sad...๐Ÿ˜ข Just as I was heading off it seems like we have to change our travel plans... I must have read some wrong information somewhere. I quarantined for 2 weeks in England and took 3 covid tests and thought I would be fine going to Ireland with it. But I would need to do the same again in Ireland. Only Irish people coming to England are free to travel right away. Not the other way around ๐Ÿ˜” there is a possibility to be able to move after having a negative pcr test after day 5 but I still have no place to quarantine in Ireland and it would take away at least a whole week of cycling..

So I thought about a new route which would have beautiful nature in it too and it seems as we are checking out #wales quite intensively and going to Cornwall too. The route is around 2500 km and will take us at least 4 weeks. I'm sure it will still be a fantastic time and I hope that I will be able to go to Ireland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€ very soon. Maybe another month this year (depending on when Zuri is coming on heat) and if not than hopefully next year! I'm really curious about Ireland and I already got invitations from many very lovely people! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• So thank you everybody!๐Ÿ˜˜
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Im quite sad...๐Ÿ˜ข Just as I was heading off it seems like we have to change our travel plans... I must have read some wrong information somewhere. I quarantined for 2 weeks in England and took 3 covid tests and thought I would be fine going to Ireland with it. But I would need to do the same again in Ireland. Only Irish people coming to England are free to travel right away. Not the other way around ๐Ÿ˜” there is a possibility to be able to move after having a negative pcr test after day 5 but I still have no place to quarantine in Ireland and it would take away at least a whole week of cycling..

So I thought about a new route which would have beautiful nature in it too and it seems as we are checking out #Wales quite intensively and going to Cornwall too. The route is around 2500 km and will take us at least 4 weeks. Im sure it will still be a fantastic time and I hope that I will be able to go to Ireland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€ very soon. Maybe another month this year (depending on when Zuri is coming on heat) and if not than hopefully next year! Im really curious about Ireland and I already got invitations from many very lovely people! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ• So thank you everybody!๐Ÿ˜˜

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Wales and Cornwall will be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ remember to go to the lizard in Cornwall - the most southerly point of england! And of course up mount Snowden the 3rd highest peak in the uk โ›ฐ

That’s so disappointing and it seems daft after you’ve already quarantined here. But I’ve no doubt you’ll still find an exciting route so all is not lost.

Wales and Cornwall are amazing!

Visit Juls Sims in Builth Wells, Powys. She is cyclist and Warm Showers host. Wales is beautiful and we will welcome you. ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ

Holly Cow... what a dissapointing News Iris... I have Friends in Dawlish... I Let them know... Maybe you can stay there for one night... Take care... Everything has another Challenge ๐Ÿคž

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