Setting out from his hometown of Nuneaton, Martin ‘Sticky’ Round had one simple idea for his latest trip – riding around Europe, delivering photos from local newspapers or counils, working in a circular route from one twin town to the next on a 1968 Lambretta.
Nuneaton is twinned with three towns – Guadalajara in Spain, Roanne in France, and Cottbus in Germany.
Asked about the idea behind the trip, Martin commented:
“The idea is to explore the concept of town twinning, and to link the towns involved by acting as a courier delivering photographs from local newspapers and councils to their twins and sisters in other countries.
My long term goal with this project is to write a book about my experiences. I have previously published a book about another European classic scooter journey called ‘Frankenstein Scooters to Dracula’s Castle’.
The idea is for each town to pass on two photographs to its twin. One photo should depict a important modern icon of the town, and the other photograph should show a major event or disaster in the town’s history over the last 100 years.
The idea of the photographs is to provide a positive message that every town suffers at some time or another, but when people pull together there is nothing that man cannot overcome.”
Leaving Nuneaton for the Portsmouth to Santander ferry on 1st May, Martin spent 6 weeks travelling around Europe visiting 19 towns in all:
- Guadalajara (Spain)
- Roanne (France)
- Parma (Italy)
- Ljubljana (Slovenia)
- Rijeka (Croatia)
- Centinje (Montenegro)
- Niš (Serbia)
- Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)
- Iasi (Romania)
- Chișinău (Moldova)
- Chernivtsi (Ukraine)
- Košice (Slovakia)
- Nowy Sącz (Poland)
- Ostrava (Czech Republic)
- Cottbus (Germany)
- Dresden (Germany)
- Rotterdam (Netherlands)
- Coventry (United Kingdom)
- Nuneaton (United Kingdom)
Some of the worst roads he encountered were in the Ukraine, through which he had planned to ride north into Slovakia. However, with Martin describing the roads as “simply the worst I’ve ever ridden” with the potential to cause some serious damage to his scooter, he headed south and back into Romania, before taking a more gentle route north and up through Hungary.
Martin set out for the trip on our popular ContiTwist scooter tyres, which we donated to help support his trip.
You can read more of Martin’s travel blog from the various points along his epic route here.
Find out more about the ContiTwist here.