Biking the South Downs Way

I had no plans for the weekend, but the forecast was for sunny skies. That idyllic English summer day that occurs so rarely! So whatever I chose to do it…

Review: MSR Pocket Rocket

Update This stove has been used extensively over the last eight months on my cycle from Canada to central America. I just wanted to say that this stove has worked…

Video of The Great Niger River Boat Trip

One of the highlights of my 20-month cycle ride through Africa, didn’t actually involve any cycling… it was in fact, the two weeks spent paddling a locally-made wooden pirogue (fisherman’s…

The Polar Museum

The Polar Museum

The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing equipment and maps illustrating polar exploration, history and science.…

Books and Films

Over the upcoming weekends I shall be indulging in my less active interests, namely books and film. Books – The Hay Festival Well known in the literary world is the…

Bike Review after 25,000km

I’ve just written a detailed review of how my Thorn Raven Tour (with Rohloff hub) held up during the 25,000km Take On Africa bike ride. Take On Africa – Bike…

Where Next?

What’s Next?

I finally arrived in Cape Town on the 15th March having cycled 24,600 km over 20 months. A week of sight-seeing and relative relaxation later and I boarded a plane…

Clothing Review

These reviews are of the clothes I used during the 25,000km Take On Africa bike ride to Cape Town. Keen shoes – Targhee II I just love Keen shoes! These lasted…

Camping on the Niger River

Camping Equipment Review

The following is a review of the main items camping equipment I used during my 25,000km Take On Africa bike ride to Cape Town. Tent – MSR Hubba Hubba This…

The Three Amigos

So today was the cycle from Sancti Spiritus to Trinidad. This, I decided very early on was going to be a good day – and so it has proved to be.…

To Sancti Spiritus…

Extract straight from my journal, 25th April 2008 Another Plaza, another bench Once again, sitting and chilling in another plaza – La Plaza Maceo in Sancti Spiritus this time. I…

To Remedios…

Extract, as I wrote in my journal, for 24th April. Santa Clara to Remedios Today I cycled from Santa Clara to here in Remedios. Up early for some pics of…

What Bandits?

Warning: Bandidos Back on my first day in Cuba, I was conversing with a sympathetic Havana taxi-driver. In my rusty Spanish I explained that I was going to spend the…

Bus, Sweat and…Shrimp?

To the Bus Terminal Having stocked up on pesos (was slightly concerned my credit card may not work but needn’t have worried) and fruit I cycled to the bus terminal…

Havana

My first day in Cuba was spent strolling and taxi-ing around Havana, taking in the sites. El Capitolio Firstly to El Capitolio – a grandiose building – and my first…

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