Category Archives: Travelling

Kefalonia 2022

We had booked to go to Kefalonia with TUI in May 2020, but that didn’t go ahead, so we rebooked and went in June this year. We stayed at the Apollonion Resort & Spa, which was a very luxurious hotel but ultimately a bit far out from the main island than we would have liked.

The Hotel Location

There is a car/person ferry which goes every 30 mins from Lixouri to Argostoli which saves the 30-45 min drive around the coast

The hotel itself was very nice – parking outside our front door, and a very quiet balcony.

There seems to be a shortage of hire cars in many places, and there was no exception here. I did find someone through Facebook who provide excellent service –

There are a large number of beaches to explore on Kefalonia – here are a few of them:

Of course there was the obligatory 1 day scooter rental (rented from There are some excellent remote spots to see around the island.

The Scooter (Aeon Elite 350cc)

This is the route I took. I started from Argostoli, headed South, past Skala, then back up the East Coast, before heading South West back to Argosoli.

Finally, a selection of photos from the week.

Gran Canaria Scooter Ride 2021

We made our 2nd trip to Gran Canaria this year, our first was back in 2012 when didn’t do much travelling.

This year I wanted to explore the island so hired a scooter for 1 day. I rented a Piaggio Beverly 300cc scooter from Motos Tivoli (a highly recommended company) which was ideal.

The roads and views in Gran Canaria are quite amazing. The route I planned avoided the East of the island as it is quite busy around that way.

Here’s a short highlight video I made of my ride – it’s in 4K. The full video is 4 hours in total..

Here are some photos I took around the island whilst we were there:

Viewing Historical Rides GPS Data (Multiple KMLs)

I’ve been riding motorcycles for about 5 years, and pretty much every ride have used Geo-Tracker to record the GPS co-ordinates of the route and create a KML file of the route (which I store in Google Drive). I was interested in finding new areas to explore so wanted to view all of the areas I’ve ridden, and highlight areas I’d missed.

Below is the map I had at the end of this process, which was created in Google Earth Pro (the Windows version – it’s free). Each line is coloured by the year the route was made.

As you can see I live in the Midlands, near Coventry. Below is a close-up of that area, plus I’ve highlighted with yellow circles areas that I’ve not ridden:

I found it easier to group all the KML’s I have by year and then put them into separate folders. You don’t need to do this and can use with a single folder of KML’s if you wish.

Convert multiple KML’s to KMZ
This simply packages multiple KML’s into a single KMZ file which makes the routes easier to handle in Google Earth.
Install and Start Google Earth Pro, and add a new Folder (either call it the year, or if not grouping by ear something like ‘ROUTES’):

Then, select all of your KML files for that year and drag them exactly onto the new folder. You should now have something like:

Right-click on the year and then ‘Save Place As’, then enter the file name and save. Then, right-click on the year again, click ‘Delete’ and click on OK.
Follow this process for all the years you want to process or just the one route if you prefer

Add all KMZ’s to Google Earth
Still in Google Earth Pro, there should be no folders, so create a new one. I call it ‘By Year’.
Then, drag all of the KMZ files (NOT the KMLs) onto this folder.
Then click on the right arrow symbol next to each sub folder to minimise it:

Double-clicking on the folder ‘By Year’ should show all your routes on the map, the next step is styling and colouring these.

Styling and Colouring
To change the widths of all lines, and remove the yellow pin (icons) right-click on ‘By Year’, then ‘Properties’. Click on the tab ‘Style Color’, then the button ‘Share Style’.
Change the highlighted values as below:

Click OK and OK.

For each year, right-click on it, then ‘Properties’. Click on the tab ‘Style Color’, then click on the Color to change it. Click OK and OK.

Final Steps
On the Layers section I turn them all off except for ‘Labels’ as it looks cleaner, but you can show ‘Places’ or ‘Roads’ if you prefer:

For easier viewing in Google Earth Pro I prefer the top-down view, the keyboard shortcut for this is ‘u’. Here are other Google Earth Pro keyboard shortcuts.

Closing Thoughts
I store and add new areas to explore in a Google My Maps, and for route planning, and navigation I use Google Maps on my phone with one headphone plugged in.

Photo by José Martín Ramírez Carrasco on Unsplash

Nuneaton Motorbike Ride

A GoPro recording of a ride around the North of Nuneaton area on 20/05/2020.

I’ve switched video editing software from Cyberlink PowerDirector to Adobe Premiere – there was a bit of a learning curve but it didn’t take long to get the hang of it, and it has a load more features than PowerDirector.