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Celebrating the 3 years of EyeCycled.com

In this video I celebrate the 3 years of EyeCycled.com

The domain was first registered on the 18th of March 2015, but the first blog post didn’t happen until the 4th of April that year. If you look through the blog’s archive you will find earlier blog posts, but that happened because I back dated the publication date to the time in which those things had actually happened and not the date I was publishing the posts.

What led me to create EyeCycled.com was a pilgrimage: The Camino de Santiago de Compostela. To me that was a significant life changing event. It was, at that point the longest bike ride I had done in life. The experience was so profound that I have not stopped ever since.

I am not sure what EyeCycled.com will become in the future. I have not drafted any plans for it, intentionally so. I wish it could become more and it could be something that not only keeps me busy, but sustains me as well. I try, however, to limit my expectations, and let it grow organically. I may not find as much time to write blog posts and edit videos as I would like to, but I’ll do my best at ensuring EyeCycled.com is here to stay.

To those that supported my work I am very thankful.

Also thankful to those I had the pleasure to ride my bicycle with or that I met throughout this time.

Regardless of your beliefs, whether you believe there is a God or not, I wish you all well and that you receive God’s blessings and live a long, prosperous, healthy and very happy life.


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Excel FIle – EyeCycled Faith’s Way (Caminho da Fé): Expenses, Notes and Measures (Summary)

Link to Blog Post: https://wp.me/p60ak1-1hI

This Excel file contains the statistics of the journey (as collected by my Garmin Edge 810), such as distances, Elevation, Speeds, Average Heart Beat, etc, as well as the expenses, accommodation and the notes I recorded along the way.

Use it at your own risk.

Arquivo Excel – EyeCycled Caminho da Fé, Despesas, Anotações e Medidas (resumo)

Link para o artigo no Blogue: http://eyecycled.com/pt_BR/2018/02/28/faiths-way-caminho-da-fe-introduction-day-zero/#

Este arquivo Excel contém as estatiticas da viagem (conforme registradas pelo meu Garmin Edge 810), tais como distâncias, Elevação, velocidades, batimento cardiaco médio, etc, assim como as despesas ao logo da viagem, a acomodação e as anotações que gravei ao longo do caminho.

Use por sua conta e risco.

Via Francigena, Day 4/29: From Péronne to Tergnier (Auberge de Villequier)

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

In this post…

  1. Introduction
  2. The statistics and metrics of the day
  3. The most memorable occurrences, moments and thoughts
  4. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 15, from Péronne to Trefcon
  5. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 16, from Trefcon to Tergnier (and further to the Auberge de Villequier)
  6. Pictures of the day.

Introduction

Post about the 4th (and 5th) day of journey, published on 10th August 2016
Post about the 4th (and 5th) day of journey, published on 10th August 2016

This post complements the post I published on the 10th of August 2016 in which I described the experiences I had while riding between Péronne and Tergnier, including the additional (and unnecessary, might I add) ride from Tergnier to the Auberge de Villequier, where I spent the night. I am not going to repeat the contents of that post in this one again, but I will add a few highlights for each stage below. I encourage you to read the previous before continuing on this one.

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Statistics and metrics of the day

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Most memorable occurrences, moments and thoughts:

  • To go or not to go? Woke up many times during the night to the sound of heavy rain. In the early morning I decided to wait in the tent to see if the rain would stop. It meant that by the time I was done with breakfast and packing it was past 11am in the morning, but I think it proved to be the right decision this time (aided by some weather forecast on the phone). Wasn’t really looking forward to packing my gear under rain. The rain resumed just after I left, so I guess I can consider it a lucky dry window, just long enough for me to pack my gear.
  • Château de Péronne
    Château de Péronne

    After leaving the Camping Site the first stop was at Péronne’s tourism information office in the town centre to collect a stamp on my Pilgrim’s Credential. As I was late I couldn’t really explore the town. As with many other towns and villages I’ve been through, Péronne looked like it would have been worth at least a few hours, if I had time to spare.

  • Again and again, Google Maps is good, especially to those like me that are “navigation challenged”. One problem for cyclists is that it tries, as much as it can, to guide the cyclists away from heavy vehicle traffic. Yes, this is good, but it also means it guides you to paths that during or after heavy rain might be very challenging to transpose. As I left Pèronne Google Maps instructed me to leave the “D” road I was to some dirt paths that were very muddy, only to guide me back to the same “D” road about 1.5 Km later. When you don’t know the way, the decision is not always easy. Overall Google Maps helped me more than it hindered me though.
  • The ride to Trefcon was uneventful and the village itself is tiny and it appeared to be completely deserted.
  • It rained basically all day that day (on and off) and after leaving Trefcon the route was mostly on good roads up to the town of Montescourt-Lizerolles, where Google Maps instructed to take a path alongside the railway. The terrain was somewhat challenging as the Swalbe Marathon tyres I have in the bike are not really suited for them. After overcoming the path, I decided not to follow the route Google had planned and take my chances on the major “D” road, the D1, that took me straight to Tergnier. The traffic was intense and the road had guard-rails and no hard-shoulder. I don’t recommend this route, but on hindsight I believe it was the right decision, albeit somewhat riskier than to stick (no pun intended) to the dirt paths.
  • Riding under constant rain is not really fun, but the main challenge, besides the muddy paths, was the strong wind which slowed me down considerably and took away the high visibility orange flag I had in th back of the bike. I arrived in Tergnier tired and feeling a bit ill, probably due to the wet conditions (I am slightly asthmatic and humidity is not a good thing for me). The town hall was closed, so I turned to Google again for a place to sleep and the 1st option Google gave me was a hotel / hostel in the nearby village of Villequier.
    Dinner at the Auberge de Villequier
    Dinner at the Auberge de Villequier

    The concept of “nearby” changes when you are travelling on the bike though. It took me almost 1h riding in the wrong direction (as I found out the next day) to get there, but the Auberge is lovely and the owners were very nice to me. The room was small, but big enough to wash and dry my wet clothes and dry the tent and camping equipment. Also enjoyed a very nice meal that night, my personal reward for a hard day of cycling under rain.

  • Took very few pictures during the day. The rain was the biggest contributor to this, but in all honesty I did not feel like there were a lot of picture worthy moments anyway.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 15, from Péronne to Trefcon

Video Length: 4 min and 45 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp 0:40 in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 16, From Trefcon to Tergnier (and further to the Auberge de Villequier)

Video Length: 9 min 42 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp 0:38 in the video timeline.

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Pictures of the day.

Click on any picture for full detail

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment or send me a message through the contact form.

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Via Francigena, Day 3/29: From Bruay-la-Buissière to Péronne

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.", Albert Einstein

In this post…

  1. Introduction
  2. The statistics and metrics of the day
  3. The most memorable occurrences, moments and thoughts
  4. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 11, from Bruay-la-Buissière to Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
  5. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 12, From Ablain-Saint-Nazaire to Arras
  6. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 13, From Arras to Bapaume
  7. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 14, From Bapaume – Péronne
    (incl. my awkward tent pitching video)
  8. Pictures of the day.

Introduction

VF post from 8AUG16, from Bruay-la-Buissière to Péronne
VF post from 8AUG16, from Bruay-la-Buissière to Péronne

This post complements the post I published on the 8th of August 2016 in which I described the experiences I had while riding between Bruay-la-Buissière and Péronne. I am not going to repeat the contents of that post in this one again, but I will add a few highlights for each stage below. I would strongly encourage you to ready the August, 2016 post before continuing on this one, though.

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Statistics and metrics of the day

  • Date: Monday, 1st of August 2016
  • Route: From the Ibis Style Hotel in Bruay-la-Buissière to Péronne’s Municipal Camping site via Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Arras and Bapaume.
  • Distance: 85.29 Km
  • Departure time from Alembon: 10:36am
  • Arrival at Destination: 6:15pm
  • Duration of day’s Journey: 7h 39min
  • Expenses this day: Total = € 23.00
    • €15.00 – Food
    • €8.00 – Accommodation (Municipal Camping site, Péronne)
  • Overnight Location: Camping Le Brochet (Municipal Camping), Péronne, +33 3 22 84 02 35
  • Type of Accommodation: Camping
  • Lightfoot Guide Stages:
    • 11: Bruay-la-Buissière – Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
    • 12: Ablain-Saint-Nazaire – Arras
    • 13: Arras – Bapaume
    • 14: Bapaume – Péronne
  • Physical and Body Stats: Link to the Garmin Connect Page for this ride
    • Duration: 7h 39m
    • Moving time: 5h 6 min
    • Average Speed: 11.1 Km/h
    • Max. Speed: 54.5 Km/h
    • Total Elevation Gain: 695 m
    • Average Heart Rate: 132 bpm
    • Max. Heart Rate: 169 bpm
    • Calories: 2792 CAL
    • Number of Pedal Strokes (Cadence sensor): 17,324

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Most memorable occurrences, moments and thoughts:

  • Via Francigena can be just bike touring, of course, but if you want your Testimonium when you get to Rome, you have to present your pilgrim’s credential and it needs to have stamps in it. They do do a deep analyses of the stamps, but they will expect that in a 2,000 Km bike ride you will have collected a few. In the digital age is getting more and more difficult to find stamps… so analogical (illogical?). In many of the small towns and villages the chance of you to find a government facility (town hall, tourist information office, etc) will depend on the day of the week (Weekends? No chance) and the time of the day as some of these facilities will be closed, e.g. lunch time, or may have public opening hours. I really tried getting my pilgrim’s credential stamped but as it was the case in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire and others, as I got there I could not find anything open. Even the pharmacy was closed.
  • Arras is spectacular. Worth a visit if you can afford staying for a day. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and is more than 2,000 years old.
  • There is a “Route 66” café in Ervillers, between Arras and Bapaume, with a big statue of “the King” (Elvis). Coming across that reminded me of a friend who was about the ride the entire route 66 by bicycle. Her name is Cacá Strina. Check out her page here.
  • Don’t completely trust technology. Have always some low tech option to fall back if technology fails you. For some reason I lost GPS connection between Baupame and Péronne and I was relying on Google Maps entirely. At the very least download the offline maps over a WiFi connection, if possible, before you leave. Getting to Péronne was no problem, I simply follow the signs, but finding the Municipal Camping site took some time and effort (about 5 Km more than necessary).
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    Tent Feast (Large Kebab Plate)

    By the time I setup camp, had a shower and was ready to go out to find something to eat, the nearby supermarket in Péronne was already closed and after almost 30 min walking the only place I could find was a kebab trailer. So I ordered an extra large Kebab plate for dinner (and a baguette sandwhich for breakfast next day) and had a feast in the comfort of my tent. In small towns it may not easy to find a place for a meal at night. Keep that in mind.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 11, from Bruay-la-Buissière to Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

Video Length: 5 min and 10 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp  0:52 in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 12, From Ablain-Saint-Nazaire to Arras

Video Length: 5 min 55 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp  0:52 in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 13, From Arras – Bapaume

Video Length: 5 min 15 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp 0:45  in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 14, From Bapaume – Péronne

Video Length: 5 min 38 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp  0:40 in the video timeline.

The next video is a time-lapse recording of my “awesomely akward” tent pitching skills. Took me “only” 20 min to pitch the tent. Thank God I don’t do this for a living… 🙂
In the municipal camping site of Péronne in France. Between the 3rd and 4th day of my Via Francigena pilgrimage. It raining a lot during that night and in the morning. Didn’t have a good night of sleept that day.

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Pictures of the day.

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment or send me a message through the contact form.

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Via Francigena, Day 2/29: From Alembon to Bruay-la-Buissière

"Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination", Swami Sivananda

In this post…

  1. Introduction
  2. The statistics and metrics of the day
  3. The most memorable occurrences, moments and thoughts
  4. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 05, from Guînes to Licques
  5. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 06, From Licques to Tournehem-sur-la-Hem
  6. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 07, From Tournehem-sur-la-Hem to Wisques
  7. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 08, From Wisques to Thérouanne
  8. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 09, From Thérouanne to Amettes
  9. Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 10, From Amettes to Bruay-la-Buissière
  10. Pictures of the day.

Introduction

Via Francigena Post from 2nd August 2016
Via Francigena Post from 2nd August 2016

This post complements the post I published on the 2nd of August 2016 in which I described the experiences I had while riding between Alembon and Bruay-la-Buissière. I am not going to repeat the contents of that post in this one again, but I will add a few highlights for each stage below. I would strongly encourage you to ready the August, 2016 post before continuing on this one, though.

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Statistics and metrics of the day

  • Date: Sunday, 31st of July 2016
  • Route: From the Rural Gite in Alembon to the Ibis Style Hotel in Bruay-la-Buissière via Licques, Tournehem-sur-la-Hem, Thérouanne, Amettes and Bruay-la-Buissière
  • Distance: 86.02 Km
  • Departure time from Alembon: 10:29am
  • Arrival at Destination: 5:58pm
  • Duration of day’s Journey: 7h 29min
  • Expenses this day: Total = € 99.00
    • €30.00 – Food
    • €69.00 – Accommodation (Ibis Styles Hotel Bruay-la-Buissière)
  • Overnight Location: Hotel ibis Styles Bethune Bruay, (+33)3/21011111
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Lightfoot Guide Stages:
    • 05: Guînes – Licques (portion between Guines and Alembon done on previous day)
    • 06: Licques – Tournehem-sur-la-Hem
    • 07: Tournehem-sur-la-Hem – Wisques
    • 08: Wisques – Thérouanne
    • 09: Thérouanne – Amettes
    • 10: Amettes – Bruay-la-Buissière
  • Physical and Body Stats: Link to the Garmin Connect Page for this ride
    • Time of non-stop cycling: 7h 29m
    • Average Speed: 11.5 Km/h
    • Max. Speed: 56.8 Km/h
    • Total Elevation Gain: 805 m
    • Average Heart Rate: 135 bpm
    • Max. Heart Rate: 168 bpm
    • Calories: 2762 CAL
    • Number of Pedal Strokes (Cadence sensor): 15,771

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Most memorable occurrences, moments and thoughts:

  • Everything was going well, until… The unexpected, yes the unexpected again… By 9:30am I had packed everything and was ready to leave the Gite. I then realised my CatEye cycling computer was missing. Looked in the front bag, as I was certain I had put it there the night before. Wasn’t there, of course. Went back to the room and looked everywhere as I thought it might have fallen of the front bag during packing. Wasn’t there, of course. So all what was left was to look for it in the panniers, which were already neatly locked to the bike. Well, a pilgrim has go to do what a pilgrim has got to do. Looked for it in the front panniers as these were a lot easier to remove. Not there, of course. Took everything off the back of the bike again and looked in one pannier (not there, of course) and then the next, and bingo! It had fallen into the pannier as I was packing my things. I was happy not to have lost it, although I knew it was with me the night before, but the unpacking and packing took me almost 1 full hour. I didn’t do that mistake again…
  • Do not underestimate the SUN! The day before had been rainy and not particularly hot.
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    50 Shades of Red

    I had seen on the phone’s Weather App that this day was supposed to be cloudy, but not rainy. It didn’t occur to me that I no longer was under British Weather. The day turned out to be very hot and sunny and I hadn’t passed any sunscreen on my skin. By the middle of the afternoon I was already feeling the damage the sun had done to my skin, which now looked very burned. The sunscreen was on the very bottom of one of my rear panniers. I should have stopped and passed the sunscreen on, but the thought of removing everything on the back of the bike (I had an intricate system there) was not appealing, so I continued. By the time I realised my mistake it was too late. The result was some heavy sun burns and sun fever by the time I got to Bruay-la-Buissière. As it was Sunday I knew it wouldn’t be easy to find accommodation and I wasn’t feeling very well so I used Google Maps to show me the available hotels nearby and the most affordable was the Ibis Style hotel 5 Km away from the town centre.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 05, from Guînes to Licques

Video Length: 5 min and 26 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp  0:52 in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 06, From Licques to Tournehem-sur-la-Hem

Video Length: 3 min 12 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp  0:52 in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 07, From Tournehem-sur-la-Hem to Wisques

Video Length: 3 min 12 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp 0:56  in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 08, From Wisques to Thérouanne

Video Length: 3 min 49 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp  0:36 in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stage 09, From Thérouanne to Amettes

Video Length: 4 min 02 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp 0:35 in the video timeline.

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Video of Lightfoot Guide Stages 10, From Amettes to Bruay-la-Buissière

Video Length: 6 min 05 sec
To skip introductions and recommendations jump to time stamp 0:48  in the video timeline.

The next video was recorded as I was crossing the town of Marles-les-Mines, between Amettes and Bruay-la-Buissière and their  Folkloric group parade was about to start at the town’s FÊTE FORAINE.

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Pictures of the day.

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment or send me a message through the contact form.

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Via Francigena, Day 1/29: From Canterbury (UK) to Alembon (France)