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A new dawn

When I was a child, I never liked insects. There was one exception to that, and that was butterflies. These elusive creatures would seemingly appear from nowhere,  landing close by, and displaying an array of colour that mesmerised me. On occasion...

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Life’s full of surprises

In 2010, I was four weeks from my first proper tour, a journey that was as big at the time as the Round Britain ride itself. I went out for a ride in the sunshine, and less than half a mile from home the front wheel removed itself from my bike, br...

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Sunshine and rain

This week has flown by. I’ve been tying up lots of loose ends, and the whole plot seems to be slowly coming together. I’ll spend the weekend working with Janet Hipkiss of www.janethipkiss.co.uk, in order to get the website finished. Yo...

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Countdown

It has begun, the countdown. With less than six weeks to go before I leave on my next expedition, I’m getting jittery. I’ve written about it before, it’s a natural process that I have to go through in order to recognise my readin...

Charities I ride for

Sustrans In 2011 I raised almost £3500 for the UK charity Sustrans. Sustrans are best known for their key project, the National Cycle Network. At somewhere around 13,000 miles, with thousands more miles of link projects,  this is growing every yea...

Links: Cycling websites & Mental Health Organisations

Cycling blogs: Having completed a thirty thousand mile round the world trip, Friedel and Andrew set about providing a wealth of information on what to do, and what not to do. When this information comes from such accomplished cyclists, you know it...

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A week in my life

Even this wee blog has its detractors. People who feel they have to verbalise their negative opinions by decrying my efforts to share my experiences. To those few who say I don’t know what I’m talking about, and that I should “sh...