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, I had no plan for the future. Until then, when I had returned from one journey, I always had another one lined up to look forward to. Now, I didn’t know what I wanted in life.

Inspiration and enthusiasm for anything dwindled away to nothing. Other things were going on too. And it wasn’t long until I was in a place I didn’t want to be, with little idea how I’d got there, and no idea how to get out of it. It was a slow downward spiral…

Something had to change – I knew that – and only I could instigate it.

So I bought a campervan – converted van – and took one month unpaid off work. I drove up to Scotland in my new van with hiking boots and laptop in the back. I was going to write… write a book. Perhaps it would help explain how I’d got to this place I was in…

Freed from the confines of office work and routine, doing what I love – writing and exploring new places – I could gradually feel myself returning to ‘normal’. Well, as normal as I get. I started dreaming of things I want to do in life. I could feel my drive and determination, and enthusiasm returning.

Writing in the back of my unheated van, with hot-water bottle on my feet and gloves on my hands, regularly firing up the stove to make a cup of tea to warm me up, may not be everyone’s idea of a perfect office. But then, I’m not everyone, and everyone isn’t me. Everyday I got a new view from my office, surrounded by nature. If I needed a break, I had only to put on my hiking boots and step out of the door. Perfect.

The break from work to write only lasted a month. But it was enough. I returned to work, motivated. I continued to write when I got the time…

Finally, almost one year on, I am on a new adventure and that book is nearing fruition:

A Siberian Winter’s Tale

Cycling to the Edge of Insanity and the End of the World

Coming Soon – December 2015

A Siberian Winter's Tale

“The Siberian winter paradox – A dreamlike, white wonderland with a nightmarish, icy grip”

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“There are no shades of grey in this forested, snow-covered world. It is as though time itself has stopped and everything with it is frozen in the moment; only you continue to move, to change, to age; and the still world watches you pass through, an intruder breaking some hallowed, unwritten rule. Nothing else is moving. There is nothing else. You are alone with only the road and the trees.”

It has been quite a ride…