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A little bit of heaven

I’m just home from a cycle ride of somewhere between 1600-2000 kilometres. I know I should know the distance with more accuracy but the cycle computer I hid behind the seat of my trike refused to work properly most days even when I remembered to s...

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Five wheels a wandering

“We were expecting you to be in a motor home,” said the man with no name. “We don’t take tents outside of August,” he added a little aggressively. “I was quite clear when I booked that I would be riding a bike a...

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Ride of My Life: Ready or not

The time leading up to the start of any journey is always a special time. You prepare yourself and your equipment, mindful of  your hopes and fears for the coming weeks, months, or in some cases years. You will almost certainly have mapped an outl...

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The Ride of My Life: Back to the Future

A couple of months back I wrote a piece about my love of maps. From the response I got it would seem that I’m not alone. This article on the BBC website made me laugh this morning over breakfast. Take a look at this article: http://www.bbc.c...

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French Connections: part two

Waking up to warm sunshine wasn’t something I had experienced at all this year until Michele and I hit the shores of Brittany. All our fears about cold and wet conditions evaporated in the first few days we were there. When you are cycle tou...

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French Connections: early days

I’m sat at home contemplating the last five weeks. That’s how long it is since I was last here for more than a few days and the first time I’ve been able to relax properly without feeling I had to do something. It’s also th...

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Departure beckons

Since I began my project four years ago I haven’t once left home on a tour where I wasn’t either riding a great distance or preparing for a long journey. When Michele and I leave for Brittany on Monday night it will be the first time t...

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Getting out there again

With just three weeks to go until Michele and I head off to France  to explore Brittany on our trikes we still haven’t managed a camping weekend. The beautiful week that has just passed by coincided with Saturday work for Michele and althoug...