Mediterranean Cycopaths

Bum, Bean and Vaseline – 1124km to Tunis

Target: Chlef – Khemis Meliana (87kms)

Status: Achieved (Actual 87kms) – 1037kms remaining.

Report: As much as I enjoyed cycling 390kms in baking temperatures over the course of the last two days, when I peeled my shorts off to inspect the damage last night, my body told me in no uncertain terms that it had had enough. I will spare you details of the remedial actions taken but, after a better than average nights rest (still not great mind) and with enough vaseline lathered on to lubricate 10 Sumo wrestlers, I rejected Seans offer of a rest day and was ready and raring to go again this morning.

The good news, thanks to our efforts of the previous days, was that Algiers – the capital of this big brown land – was only two shortish days away and the logical stop in between, Khemis Meliana, a lazy 87kms, which would allow us to avoid sleeping in some renowned trouble spots further down the road.

So as I sit here, in a dingy room full of Algerian men looking at porn, after another days work (hopefully only 9 more to go), my bum is screaming at me to go back to the Team hotel and lie face down in a prone postion on the bed for the next 12 hours. Looking forward to those rest days in Algiers …

Scrotometer: A much needed sleep-in meant another mid-morning departure – not at all advisable in these temperatures. However, the short distance, a two stop strategy and standing up on the bike whenever possible, all combined to ensure a far more comfortable day than the previous two (notwithstanding injuries already incurred) – 6.8/10.



July 3, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Well done, Smee and Jon. I cycled from Mt Stuart to Salamanca the other week on a hungover Sunday morning to pick up the car and I felt pretty tough! It was all down hill, I only had to cycle at the lights and … um … never mind! Well done on a fantastic effort. Am enjoying logging on each day to catch up on the latest stint and see the pics. Nice mo’s! You must be starting to blend in with the locals! Good luck for the last stretch, Amy

    Comment by Amy | July 4, 2007 | Reply

  2. You two handsome boys must be fighting off all those Algerian locals, male and female!

    Comment by JG | July 4, 2007 | Reply

  3. Jon,

    What a bummer.

    Comment by Simon Carlyon | July 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. I love beans
    I love bum
    I love vaseline

    Comment by jacob swei | April 11, 2012 | Reply

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