My Trips: Around Britain and beyond

The world really is your oyster.

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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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Scotland 2018: beginnings.

It’s perhaps one of the hardest things to do in life, writing about an incredibly positive experience whilst sitting in the shadow of a tragedy. Just over a two weeks ago, we lost Morgan Taborn, Michele’s son, to as yet unknown causes. This has ha...

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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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Ready, steady……………..

It’s only six weeks now until I go to Scotland with Kermit. That isn’t a long time to get fit and sort out the things I need to do prior to leaving. I must say that this year, I feel more positive and healthier than I did last spring. This fluctua...

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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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Snowmageddon!

There’s a crunch as you walk on the snow. Your feet break through the crust and the soft underbelly gives way with a small squeak. Treading new footprints in fresh snow isn’t something we get to do too often here in the south west but it’s a joy w...

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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...