Are we electricity dependent?

Our electrical items using electricity. Missing form the picture our electric toothbrush and Eva’s phone.

In South America the camp sites have electricity included in the price and plugs are available everywhere. So we use it. While in Europe we would use our solar panel to charge the phone or leave the phone for a while in the toilets’ only plug, here we are all the time connected to the grid and use also electricity to boil water for the tea. Different places, different ways to survive. We can live 3 days on the battery of the phones – we use most with OsmAnd for the maps – and live with fuel for cooking. Not yet electricity dependent but getting close. And we carry an electrical toothbrush!

“Combien de kilos?”

Voici un post que certains ont dû attendre impatiemment! Combien de fois on nous a demandé, avant notre départ: “Combien de kilos de bagages?” Et combien la personne était décue d’entendre que nous n’avions pas encore pesé nos bagages, que nous n’avions même pas encore fait nos bagages, et que nous n’avions aucune idée ce que tout ça allait peser (lourd, certainement). Donc voilà, ce post est pour vous. Continue reading ““Combien de kilos?””

Our top 3 items of cycle touring equipment

After some 2’600km on the road on our recumbent bicycles through France, Spain and Portugal, we have already spotted what we cannot miss in future trips.  The list below shows items that were new to us, but we should not forget about other very good gear for which we have almost no complaints either. Continue reading “Our top 3 items of cycle touring equipment”

First material order after restart

Rohloff gear box on our bicycle
Rohloff gear box on our bicycle

After 2’200km we did a first review of our material and some small pieces (Miguel’ sandals was the biggest item) were given to my parents. At the same time we decided to order some things:

  • Rohloff 18-teeth sprocket for Miguel’s bicycle: To try making very steep (>10%) hills less painful (or just possible) to cycle.
  • Rohloff sprocket tool as we are afraid mechanics in Portugal (and elsewhere) will not have this specific tool.
  • Rohloff oil set: our gear box requires oil change every 5’000km or one-year. Eva had already her set and did change the oil. Now is the turn of Miguel’s bicycle.
  • Icebreaker new t-shirts for her and for him. We both have an old one almost transparent and we love the brand.
  • Sigma bike computer holder to make a new spare. Our original broke, and the ‘spare’ is now in use.
  • Tent lamp Blackdiamond Moji because the shorter days arrive we prefer to have a lamp for tent/table instead of using all the time our headlamps.

We ordered on a German website and make them delivered to Miguel parents in Lisbon where we expect to arrive at some point in August.