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Sutherland

The far north of Scotland feels like a staging point for crossing the Atlantic. As I stood watching rollers crashing on the white beach, having not rested since they left America, I felt a sense of wonder at this world that we occupy.  The gentlen...

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Scotland part three: Ever northwards.

Ullapool is an oasis. Having travelled through the highlands, or around the coast following the Wester Ross trail as I did, you arrive in this quaint little town snuggled down by Loch Broom. It has an untraditional grid-pattern of streets and a wo...

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Look what arrived today.

This is just a short post. I couldn’t resist. When this book dropped on my mat I felt thrilled and humbled at the same time. The book is about inspirational cyclists and to be included amongst such amazing people moved me more than I can put...

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Winter escapades.

Setting off that morning, my heart was a little low along with my energy. I had just battled my way up the now infamous Park Road, an ordinary hill at any other time of day other than first thing. My automatic response at reaching the top saw me t...

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The balancing act.

I spent yesterday looking at maps and getting quite excited at the prospect of touring this summer. This has been enhanced by a series of local rides like the one I described last time. For many months, I kept eyeing the maps while watching TV. I ...