Winter is coming…

Oct 03, 2015 No Comments by

Almost a year has passed since I made a start on writing a second book… I had returned from my winter cycle ride through Siberia in April and was struggling through the summer back at work. I had nothing to look forward to and nothing to focus on. For the first time in six years, [...]

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Bulgaria – The Good and The Not So Good

Sep 29, 2015 2 Comments by

The Good To be honest, Bulgaria had a lot to live up to, having spent a fantastic three weeks in Romania. We had no idea what to expect when we crossed the Danube… (Now if you can’t be arsed to read the whole story, feel free to skip to the end for the photo slideshow…) [...]

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Romania – The Africa of Europe

Sep 28, 2015 1 Comment

And now for Part Two of the ride through Europe… Picking up where I left off the last blog post, we made a short ride through Hungary – from Budapest to Eger, up through the Bukk hills, then southeast through the Hortobagy National Park region: (Ride through Hungary photos on Flickr) Then into Romania, and [...]

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Across Europe – Motorbiking and hiking

Sep 26, 2015 No Comments

Now, I know I said in my last blog post that I have found my voice again. The trouble is finding the time for that voice to speak. I just seem to be so busy. If you didn’t already know, I am now well into another adventure. I have swapped the bicycle for a little [...]

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Screaming Silence

Aug 20, 2015 16 Comments

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

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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