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Hello travelwithkids,
We have been on the road with our kids for quite some time. Our kids are 3 and 6 years old now and we are in Mexico. When we are cycling the children tend to be very relaxed and don't really need toys. They sit quietly or talk with us or sing. Our 3 year old sometimes plays with her 2 dolls.
For the time off the bike we have some drawing and crafts materials like paper, tape, crayons, glue, etc. This is mostly used in the tent when it is too cold or raining outside, or when there are too many mosquitoes.  We also carry a few toy cars, some lego, a pocket knife, a sling shot and some rope. Chalk to draw on the street is a must. A little bucket and a shovel can be nice.
 In case of emergency we have a movie or two on our tablet and we have a lot of children's books on the e-reader.
But most of the time the children don't play with ther toys. They are incredibly creative with what they find in nature.
You can read more about us on
We might be in South America too when you are there.

Hi Graham,

I would NOT cycle from Buenos Aires down to Cape Horn. If you want to cycle down, then go west first to Mendoza and cycle down from there. But as you can read in my article, I would go north from Mendoza!
Patagonia is probably best in January-February. Altiplano maybe better in April-November, but can be done any time.
I know nothing about Russia. But I imagine that april is a bit early?


Maintenance / Repair / Re: Simplicity is the key
« on: February 09, 2011, 03:38:03 AM »
I also like simplicity. But also the parts have to be available in the places where you travel.
Unfortunately Shimano sets the standard all over the world, and simplicity seems not to be too important for them.
I guess profit is the keyword.
Are the parts that you mention available in Asia or South America for example?

Europe / Re: Canal du Midi, a beautiful bike path in South-West France
« on: February 09, 2011, 03:34:16 AM »
I haven't cycled this canal, but many others in different countries.
Usually it is very easy, you just follow the canal  :D
I think this one is really developed as a bike route.
Sometimes on less used canals I have hit sections of grassy paths.
Just continue till you meet some local walking a dog and ask about the conditions further on.
I don't think you need a book or map. there will be info along the way.

Asia / Central Asia / Re: biking Mongolia
« on: February 05, 2011, 05:59:24 AM »
thank you for the offer. I would love to cycle there one day.
Maybe in a few years time.
Have you traveled there by bicycle a lot?

Europe / Cycling Spain and Portugal
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:58:01 AM »
My girlfriend and me will spend some months cycling Spain and Portugal.

Any info is welcome of course, but I have some specific questions, and I know there are some active members from Spain here  ;D

-Of course I have heard about the ancient pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella. What about cycling on this routes? Do we share the path with walkers? Is this allowed? I am not only thinking about the famous routes from France, but also the others.

-I heard about old roman roads and old railways in Spain that are now used for cycling. Does anyone know where to find more info about this?

-Any hidden gems, like ancient cities, remote mountain areas with high passes, National Parks, quiet roads, etc?

-We know nothing about Portugal, except the names of some cities and the Algarve. What are the main attractions for cyclists that love nature and peace? I heard there is a route to Santiago through Portugal as well, Cyclable?

Thanks in advance for any info.


Africa / Re: Introduce myself
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:48:30 AM »
Hi Hicham,
Are you still on the forum? I am planning to cycle in Morocco, see my other post.
I hope to hear from you,

Africa / Cycling Morocco
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:46:35 AM »
Hi guys,

The 2nd of April my girlfriend and me will start cycling from Agadir, Morocco and slowly make our way north, back to the Netherlands. For sure we want to explore Morocco, Spain and Portugal extensively (we have about 3-4 months).

Any info is welcome of course, but I have some specific questions as well:

-Morocco is a big unknown for us. Our first steps in Africa (although I have toured Turkey, Iran and Pakistan that might have similarities). Should we, and especially my girlfriend, wear long trousers/sleeves/cover head in the remoter areas? Any other important do's or don'ts?

-Any cyclists over there that are on this forum? Would be great to meet you!

-Any favorite rides/routes in Morocco? We like quiet roads, mountain and desert scenery. Any hidden gems?

-I have Michelin Map 742 in front of me here. It shows the whole country on a 1:1,000,000 scale, but many areas on 1:600,000 scale. Any better maps around for touring?

-I always see this picture of a beautiful asphalt road the descends into a dry gorge with huge hairpins. Where is this? I want to cycle this road!

Thanks for any info,


Camping Equipment / Re: No Stove Options - Other Eating Options
« on: January 18, 2011, 01:52:40 PM »
I think we can digest almost everything raw. There are a few exceptions. Cereals, potatoes, some vegies (eggplant?), some meat and (shell-) fish.

A good idea is to carry a lighter. If you find any wood or other fuel for a fire, you can cook in a tin on it and you will have warm food without carrying pots and stove. I prefer my baked beans warm.

I would carry a pot. It weighs much less than tins with beans, tuna, etc. The problem with carrying tinned food around (apart from the obvious pollution issue) is that you carry to much liquids with you. If you like traveling light, carry a light pot and dried food like pasta or rice. Cook on a fire.


Middle-East / Re: Proving Exit before Entry - Lebanon - One Way Ticket
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:13:47 AM »
I cannot tell you anything about Lebanon specifically. But generally a bus ticket out of the country would be enough proof that you will leave, if such a proof is required I don't know. On the other hand, on airplanes, return tickets are for some mysterious reason very often cheaper than one way tickets. So, even if you don't use your return flight, you might end up buying one, and have no problems to enter the country. I also heard that you can buy the Syrian visa at the border in special occasions, like for example when your country doesn't have a Syrian embassy.


While on the Road / Re: Make Money On The Move ...
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:22:46 AM »
Very interesting program, Stephane.

My I add to the info above, that it is usually fairly easy to work without a working visa.
For example, I was teaching maths in Chile, earning about 15 Euro per hour, without working permit.
(But this is not legal, of course)


EVERYTHING ELSE! / Re: Social Rehabilitation (and bike touring burnout)
« on: December 19, 2010, 06:56:17 AM »
I also experienced a similar period in Thailand and Bangkok. I didn't call it a burn out. I just didn't like Thailand. I decided to fly to Australia and became very happy again.

I have another idea for you too. Do a Vipassana 10-day meditation course. There are a few centers in Thailand. It is an amazing experience that well definitely change your view on life. After it you will appreciate that time that you spend alone and in silence much more.


While on the Road / Re: Money On The Move ...
« on: December 19, 2010, 06:42:21 AM »
-It seems a very obvious suggestion, but working would help.
-Teaching English in countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, makes good money sometimes.
-You can also find work that you can do online. A friend of mine is doing so Microsoft Excel programming for companies while on the road.
-If you build a very successful travel website with lots of Google adds you can make money.
-Heinz Stuecke traveled about 40 years and sold postcards and a leaflet about himself to support himself. Just print some of your best pictures in postcard format and sell them in busy streets in the bigger cities.
-Find a very wealthy sponsor who really loves what you are doing.
-Try to spend less


Middle-East / Re: Baluchistan
« on: December 19, 2010, 06:34:55 AM »
I replied in the Kyrgystan thread to this question,

South Pacific / Re: buying a used bike in NZ
« on: December 19, 2010, 06:33:14 AM »
You can always look for a bicycle on here:
Sorry, I don't have any other info.

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