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It’s all about time.

It has been a summer of mixed emotions. Until the end of May it was shaping up to be one of the best in years, certainly for weather. Then the hammer came down. Two close family deaths in one month. Last week saw Luke’s, the second memorial, take ...

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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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Scotland: On the edge of winter.

First week in May: Some decisions are easy. I woke next morning to the wind howling around the tent. It was blowing directly from the direction in which I would be travelling. Given that my fitness was not where I wanted it to be, I made a snap de...

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What-if?

Our minds are delicately balanced at the best of times. We have a tendency to move through life in zones we know well, not really challenging ourselves that often. Routines rule most of our existence and we find a certain comfort in that. Life see...

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Preparations.

I haven’t blogged for two whole weeks. There hasn’t been anything sinister going on. I just accidentally left my laptop up in Barnstaple last time I was there. I have been amazed just how much more time I seem to have when I don’t have the choice ...

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Adventure time.

A slight pang of jealousy crossed my heart this morning. Watching somebody set out on something you have done yourself can have that effect. I put it down to knowing the route, the seemingly endless days of nothing to do but pedalling, the freedom...

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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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Where to begin?

What is it about cycling that makes it such a good tool to use for those of us whose minds play games with them on a regular basis? I can only give my opinion and experiences, so here goes. When I was first ill, I felt pinned in my house. Why? I w...

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It’s about time.

We live in a world where everything is moving faster and faster. Even in our leisure time we are encouraged to do more and more. In short, if you haven’t got a challenge, why on earth not? What do you mean, you want to take it easy? There are no e...

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Therapy.

None of us like change particularly and I’m no exception. This year has seen me wave goodbye, at least for the foreseeable future, to the therapist who has anchored me through an incredibly tough period of my life. Each Monday I would drive to Bud...