My Trips: Around Britain and beyond

The world really is your oyster.

Feeling the heat.

It was 0845. A goldfinch fluttered across the road in front of me. This was followed by a bullfinch, buzzard, Jenny wren and a yellowhammer that sat atop a hedge singing its song: ‘little bit of bread and no cheese.’ As I approached it flew away l...

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Sunshine and showers.

The sun is peeping over my house. Shining through my window like a beacon of hope, its energy and the bright light it provides fills me like a rechargeable battery. I want to get out and cycle but I have yet another appointment that requires me to...

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Being patient.

It has been one of those weeks here in Devon. For a start, the spring weather we all hoped was here to stay has left for foreign climes, leaving us basking in Atlantic lows and the rain they bring. That is basking in the sense of sharks, not sunsh...

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Another step forwards

Welcome to all of you visiting my new website for the first time. I’m excited at the new look, which is the creative work of Liam Taborn, to whom I owe a great deal of thanks. To say I love it would be an understatement and it’s incred...

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Endurance

It has been an incredibly sad couple of weeks since I last posted. Mike Hall, perhaps the greatest endurance cyclist in the world, was killed while riding in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race across Australia. He will be remembered as a humble and pas...

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Law of Sod

It’s that time of the year again, time to re-grease bearings, replace worn cables and parts and shine up your bike for whatever it is you are planning for 2017. I am one of those weird people that enjoy all this. Giving Kermit the love and attenti...

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Just another week

It has been quite a week here in Devon. A week without cycling, yes, you did hear that right. A week with lots of health appointments and miserable weather. What it meant for me was two-fold. Firstly, I had to drive far more than I would wish to a...

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Yesterday

Yesterday felt like the first day of spring. It wasn’t typical of February but it was very welcome none-the-less. The complexities of riding regularly and managing my mental health can be frustrating beyond words. Riding in Devon always has plenty...

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Hanging in

This past week has been a mish-mash of thoughts, feelings and ideas. Nothing feels concrete in my mind. Instead, it flows like viscous lava, slowly and relentlessly, regardless of my input. As a consequence, my mind feels full of treacle and my th...

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Struggling along

So here we are, over halfway through January 2017. It isn’t that I want to wish the time away, simply that I yearn for warmer months and more time so I can escape by trike to new places. My current medication has its benefits and its downside. Fir...