Slow Progress South

An unexpected encounter 100km out of Chefchaouen and I’m happily trundling along on the bike, my thoughts intermittently interrupted by passing cars where the driver or passenger provides some form…

A Taste of Morocco

From Mijas in Spain to Chefchaouen in Morocco Last of Spain Having finally managed to leave the villa, I was subjected to a side of Spain I hadn’t yet experienced and…

Andalusian Delight

Cordoba and Seville provided my first real taster of Andalusia. Moorish architecture and style with partial christian transformations hinted at the complex history of the region. Andalusia is also the…

The Sum of all Troubles

One dedicated reader commented recently that I’ve not mentioned many troubles encountered. The simple reason for this is that, so far, I’ve not encountered many problems. Well, nothing that has…

A Tale of Two Cities

…and the road in-between Cordoba The highlight of Cordoba has to be the Mezquita – a mosque built shortly after the Moors arrived in Spain in 711 when Abd al-Rahman…

The Heat Is On

The Spanish Interior – From Leon to Cordoba Homeless in Leon The rest day in Leon was spent in a bit of a stupor having had far too little sleep…

Most heard phrases from France and Spain

A little bit of local language…. (as you can see, I’m far from fluent). Most common phrases heard in France: Que Horreur! (when raining) Bon Courage! (when cycling uphill) Bonne…

Statistics from the first month

For those who like numbers, here are some stats since leaving UK to my current location in Cordoba…. Days since leaving UK: 32 Nights in a tent: 27 Days spent…

A Long and Winding Road

Northern Spain: A long and winding road… Having made it successfully into Spain, I spent a couple of nights just outside Pamplona. This gave me a chance to recuperate while…

Taking the rough with the smooth

The sun’s out but the cycling’s hard… Since leaving Rochefort on Monday, rather late it has to be said… the campsite was lovely and the owners lovelier. I also had…

First week in France

1 day getting there, 5 days cycling, 1 day doing very little… I can’t quite believe it is nearly a week ago since I waved goodbye to the shores of…

Warm-Up Day 4: A Wet Day…

Warm-up Day 4. A Wet Day… … which explains why I haven’t left yet. I finally left Cambridge late in the afternoon on Wednesday, having spent the day in town…

Warm-up Day 1: A Long Day…

…but not many hours cycling. Having only got back from California Friday evening and recovered from mild jet lag, I’ve not had a lot of time to get the last…

Test riding the new bike

I finally picked up my new Thorn Raven bike this weekend and having been for a couple of outings can say I’m really quite happy with it. It took most…

Website Launched

Welcome to the Take On Africa website. The website was finally launched today, albeit in a rather basic state. In the next few months, before my departure on the hopefully…

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