Screaming Silence

Aug 20, 2015 15 Comments by

Where to start when the last blog post was written sixteen months ago? I asked that same question twelve months ago and didn’t find an answer. So I didn’t write anything. And then the longer I left it, the harder it got. One thing I was strongly aware of in the winter in Siberia was [...]

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St Petersburg – The Urban Side – Photos

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments by

I’m now back in the UK. Again. It’s wonderful with the warm sun and green fields, leafy trees and chirping birds. What a contrast to Magadan in the Russian Far East. And the girl in me is rather enjoying having a choice of clothes to put on in the morning, conditioner as well as shampoo [...]

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Kolyma Highway Photos – Winter Biking – 2000km Yakutsk to Magadan

Apr 01, 2014 7 Comments

Well, there are many stories to tell from the last couple of months. The 2000km from Yakutsk to Magadan was a fantastic ride, made all the more memorable by the incredibly kind, generous, hospitable people I met along the way. My journal is full! But this blog post is not for telling those stories with [...]

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Review – Cumulus 1200 Sleeping Bag Winter Use

Feb 24, 2014 5 Comments

For this current Siberian winter bike trip I’m using a Cumulus down sleeping bag. It’s the one I used in Scandinavia last winter. It worked great then. But I didn’t get the opportunity to really test it to it’s extreme. Now I have. The bag I’m using is the Cumulus Excuistic 1200. It’s made with [...]

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Too Cold – Winter Biking Yakutia Photos

Feb 21, 2014 10 Comments

Oh where do I start?! I think for now, I will just show you the photos from the last couple of weeks. Mostly it was too cold to stop and take photos… sometimes when I did, the camera wouldn’t work anyway. When it’s -40C and colder (when I woke one morning from the bivvy, it [...]

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Biking to Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island

Feb 02, 2014 1 Comment

Just over a week has passed since leaving Irkutsk… and now I’m back. Briefly. Tomorrow I take a train to Neriyungri to begin the very cold cycle to Yakutsk. But back to the last week. It seems a lot has happened. Firstly I cycled to Lake Baikal – it took five days. A bit longer [...]

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Into the White

Jan 24, 2014 2 Comments

Time for a long-awaited update… After a few weeks back home, I’m finally back out in Russia – in Irkutsk, near Lake Baikal. The first 3 weeks at home were spent indulging in the guiltless excesses of good food and drink over xmas, safe in the knowledge that I’ll be burning those calories off soon [...]

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Home and the things we love and miss

Dec 12, 2013 2 Comments

Each time I return home from an extended time abroad, I am engulfed with a mixture of emotions and impressions. And each time it is different. Last time, it was the shock at the pace of life so many live in the UK. The Rat Race. I hated it. I had gone straight back into [...]

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Take On Asia – Free Photobook and Round Up Part 1

Dec 09, 2013 No Comments

I am back in the UK! Yes, that happened fast you say. Indeed, I’d been keeping my return quiet so I could surprise my mum for her birthday. But now I can tell you about the last days of the journey… Having cycled back to Moynaq, I hopped in a taxi and left a pool [...]

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In Search of the Aral Sea – From Khiva to Moynaq, Uzbekistan

Dec 07, 2013 2 Comments

Rather than retrace the direct route to the main road via Urgench, cycled along the smaller roads for a short cut towards Nukus. Riding through small towns and farmland. Uninspiring. But I was quite happy just pootling along. No particular rush. I thought again how this countryside reminded me of Norfolk. Dusk arrived too fast. [...]

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