Cycling in a skirt

One life, some bicycles. A million possibilities, zero clue!


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Talking the talk; Podcasting and pushing boundaries!

I had a conversation recently about the joys of reflection and of looking back through the tunnel of time, especially in relation to cycle touring.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found many times that it’s near impossible to process an experience when you’re actually involved in it, especially a big experience.
Being on a long, solo cycle tour is a perfect example as it often means that you’re dealing with many, many kinds of things at once, physical, practical, emotional, directional (!) and that’s way too much stimulation to make sense of. So, at the time, to get through, we do what we need to to make it through the day and fulfil our basic needs. Everything else, the small observations, the larger feelings, sort of just get filed on the ‘to think about later’ pile. 
But do we ever take time to fully revisit all those feelings and experiences, to bring them out in to the light again and examine them with the benefit of time and distance and if so, then how?

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Mountain Bike Touring; King Alfred’s Way

It’s just over 2 years now since I completed my first multi-day off road bike tour, the stunning beast that is theTrans-Cambrian Trail stretching across the mountainous heartland of Wales.  

It was spectacular ride but, over the course of our three, 30-40 mile days, there were some pretty brutal hills involved and much technical riding. A huge, all-consuming challenge and one I was glad I’d completed, but vowed never to repeat. Nope, never again was I likely to go on an epic, off-road, multiday adventure. And if by some miracle I did, there was no way on earth I was hauling all my camping gear.

Memory, it seems however, is a selective thing. When the King Alfred’s Way circular, a new, 225 mile, long-haul bike packing route was launched not far from home last year a little devil appeared on my shoulder.

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Chile Con Cycle; Bike Touring The Middle Bits

My promise to myself in 2020 was to bring the blog up to date with past adventures before revealing the exciting new ones planned for this year. A little while ago now (OK, 9 months but who’s counting) I started writing about the first part of our 2018 Chilean adventure by bike. Part one was the spectacular experience mountain biking in the Atacama Desert and a prelude to the main part of our trip, the plan to go cycle touring in the Patagonian South of the country.

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How to write a book in just 2000 days

So, it seems that after a mere 2190-ish days (or a paltry 6 years) I have finally written and published a book.

Yes it’s about cycling.

Yes it’s about cycling in a skirt.

Cycling in a skirt, solo, across Canada to be precise. Continue reading


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There’s a stranger in my spare room

Not unreasonably my friend has just asked “But what if they steal all your stuff when you’re asleep or are just really weird?

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