• Italia, mia amore It’s hard to explain my attachment to Italy. It’s almost primordial. It’s as if my ancestral amoebae emerged from some goop on the land mass that eventually became Italy when the world was still the giant continent of Pangea (Creationists can go suck eggs by the way the Earth really is that old). Or else […] No responses 9 min read 7th November 2016
  • Making like Hannibal – Part 2 Austria is a very small country and it was only after being there that I realised that if had wanted to I could have crossed it in two days. As it happened I actually stayed in Imst for two nights, recovering from my first pass crossing and horrified at the prospect of crossing another pass like […] 2 responses 13 min read 22nd August 2016
  • Adaptation Adaptation it’s the reason we’re here. Adapt or die. This whole journey has been a long slow process of adaptation. I had to adapt to losing my close group of friends at work and at home. accessible only through the ether in the form of text messages, Facebook likes, ephemeral snapchats, dislocated Whatsapp voices and […] 4 responses 5 min read 7th August 2016
  • Making like Hannibal – Part 1 Once again I had to pack my bags and head out on to the road. This being only my second bike tour I was finding my stops so engrossing that each departure was like leaving family behind. The fast friends you make in the short time you have can make you wonder why you don’t […] 2 responses 11 min read 30th July 2016
  • Tubingen After seven days of riding down the Rhine I was ready for a break. Tubingen wasn’t originally where I had intended on stopping. In fact I wanted my journey to take me to the Czech Republic and then through Austria but I realised that that may have been a bit ambitious so I decided to take advantage […] No responses 10 min read 12th July 2016
  • Like a Rhinestone Cowboy Part 1 It’s now been over two weeks since I last posted and there are a couple of things I thought I would be able to do while travelling that simply has not been the case: I thought I would have more time to write but the distances I cycle each day and the lack of power and […] No responses 7 min read 6th June 2016
  • Finishing the Bamboo Bicycle So while catching up on my other posts I thought I should conclude the previous post about my Bamboo Bicycle. As some of you who read my blog know, before I started my trip I decided to learn bike maintenance by building a bicycle. It took a lot longer and cost far more money than […] No responses 5 min read 18th May 2016
  • First days on the bike It had to happen… I’m injured! After cheating by taking the Eurostar to Brussels I decided to make up for my indolence by making the journey from Amsterdam to Brussels in two days. No training. No prepping. I made it but not without doing some damage to my left knee. It was never my intention […] No responses 5 min read 18th May 2016
  • 5 things you learn about yourself when cycling long distance alone It’s a funny thing cycling, walking or running. If you do any of these activities for a short amount of time your mind has time to day-dream, contemplate, meditate or just go blank. When you have only your thoughts and seven hours ahead of you its easy to begin to let the mind go totally […] 2 responses 4 min read 18th May 2016
  • Some unfinished business Setting off on this trip as reminded me of one of my great regrets, I don’t have many so this is a biggy, that eight years ago when I was last in South East Asia I never got round to editing footage and finishing a proposed documentary. It was supposed to be about the spread […] One response 2 min read 20th April 2016