European Cycle 2020: A gentle bike ride from Spain to Norway

Following a great first year establishing Data Minister as provider of DBA expertise, and working with some fantastic clients, I’ll now be taking a break for a few months to attempt a cycle ride covering the length of continental Europe.

To bring a data-aspect to my cycle tour, I’ve built a simple GPS location logging system, that you can use to follow my progress. For this, I’ve used a few technologies that I’ve recently been learning while I studied for the Microsoft Professional Program Big Data qualification. These include Azure SQL Database, Azure Data Factory and Power BI, along with a useful GPS Logger application.

If you’d like to follow my progress, the map showing my latest location can be found on this page, along with a few photos from my Instagram feed.

UPDATE MARCH 2020: Unfortunately I didn’t pick the best time to try cycling the length of Europe! The trip started well, and I had a fantastic first six weeks making it through the whole of Spain and France. However, a few hours before I was due to cross the border into Italy, the whole country sadly went into lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The rest of Europe soon followed suit, so I was forced to return to the UK. I hope to complete the trip to Europe’s most northerly point one day in the future.

The location tracker that I made to plot my progress worked really well, and you can still see my course plotted on a Power BI map here.

European UniCycle 2020 – A gentle bike ride from Spain to Norway

Hello! on February 1st 2020 I’ll be setting off from the most Southerly point of continental Europe (Tarifa, Spain) and cycling North. Possibly – if everything goes OK – as far as the most Northerly point (North Cape, Norway), roughly 5000 miles away.

I’ve built the map below using some tools that I’ve recently been learning. It should update regularly with my current location, and show where I’ve cycled so far. Click the diagonal “full screen” icon below the map for a larger version.

The final chapter of my write-up for @cyclingeurope is now online: https://cyclingeurope.org/2020/05/12/paul-gentles-tarifa-to-nordkapp-2020-france-part-2/

Read about the final week of my trip, cycling from Europe's most southerly point right up to the #France / #Italy border, entering #lockdown in #Nice, and making the journey back to England via Paris and #Toulouse, after the #coronavirus finally scuppered my plans.

#BicycleTouring #France #CycleTouring #Monaco #cycling #cyclinglife #Menton #covid19 #blog #bike
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A short write-up of week five of my recent cycle tour can be found at https://cyclingeurope.org/2020/04/13/paul-gentles-tarifa-to-nordkapp-2020-france-part-1/

This week I'm visiting #Montpellier, #Nîmes (whose Jardins de la Fontaine are pictured), #Apt, #Draguignan and then back to the #Mediterranean

#BicycleTouring #France #cyclinglife #CoteDAzur #Provence #Alps #sunset #CycleTour
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This time 6 weeks ago I was just leaving Barcelona to spend the week cycling towards France. A write-up of that week of my journey can now be found here: https://cyclingeurope.org/2020/04/02/paul-gentles-tarifa-to-nordkapp-2020-spain-part-4/

#BicycleTouring #Spain #Catalonia #Barcelona #coldepanissars #CostaBrava #argeles #cyclinglife #Eurovelo8
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Part 3 of my bike tour write-up is now on cyclingeurope.org, along the Mediterranean from #Valencia to #Barcelona this week:
https://cyclingeurope.org/2020/03/30/paul-gentles-tarifa-to-nordkapp-2020-spain-part-3/

#BicycleTouring #Spain #Catalonia #CycleTouring #Chorizo #Tarragona #Mediterranean #ViaVerdeDelMer #blog
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I had a great chat with @cyclingeurope yesterday, about my recent cycle through Spain and France, and how the trip was ultimately scuppered by The Virus.

If you'd like to listen to my meandering tales, you can hear them on Part 15 of the CyclingEurope.org podcast series - https://cyclingeurope.org/2020/03/24/the-cycling-europe-podcast-episode-015/

#BicycleTouring #Spain #Andulucia #viasverdes #cyclinglife #France #Provence #bikesontrains #CycleTouring #corona #covid_19 #Eurovelo8 #blog
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Part 2 of my recent cycle has been written up and published on the excellent CyclingEurope.org website, here: https://cyclingeurope.org/2020/03/20/paul-gentles-tarifa-to-nordkapp-2020-spain-part-2/

#BicycleTouring #Spain #Andulucia #viasverdes #cyclinglife #blog
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