We met while studying Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art- Graham surfs, Nina doesn’t but together we cycle. Edinburgh is the city where we lived, studied and worked together until we hatched a plan for adventure.
In May 2017 we gave up our jobs, gave up our flat, distributed house plants and put our possessions in storage to cycle the length of the Atlantic coast of mainland Europe.
The plan: to keep the sea on the right and head south.
No GPS, no sponsors, no deadline.
We borrowed a trailer from a friend, hacked a beach chair into a surfboard rack, filled our panniers and, after a month of mechanical disaster, we booked the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff for the 3rd of June.
We wouldn’t call ourselves ‘cyclists’. We did not train for this in the traditional sense and our test ride was that first 13 miles to the ferry terminal. Fully self-sufficient each region set its own unique challenges of terrain, microclimate, language, wildlife, and of course- swell. While ignorance is bliss we quickly realised tourers bypass the north coast of Brittany and Spain for a reason. Topography. And these people did not have a surfboard in tow. We found a rhythm for cycling together, a pattern for living and learned to accept that our velocity would never match the raw force of the Atlantic Ocean. We pedalled a fine line between land and sea and all four of the elements. Our story is a wanderlust of time, space and place where the people we met were the vital spark that kept us going.
Six months, three countries, some incredible strangers and 3,333 miles later we are back in Edinburgh to share our story and inspire you to set off on your own two-wheeled adventure.