European UniCycle 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.

I will aim to produce to few posts when I return, explaining in more detail about how each component works. 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.

I shall be returning to take on some more data-based contracts circa July 2020. See you then!

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.

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
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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
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I'm back in the UK, but still attempting to do the next best thing to a European cycle tour... #BicycleTouring #England #Bath ...

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Final beds for the night for me and the bike, on the overnight train to Paris. And it looks like we both have a compartment to ourselves, so that's nice. #BicycleTouring #NightTrain #SleeperTrain #Paris #Toulouse #France ...

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