The Coastal Road

Climbing the argan tree The landscape from Essaouira to Agadir was dominated by the Argan tree, which is indigenous to this region and similar to the olive tree. I passed…

The Forbidden Fruit

Yes, you’ve guessed correctly, it’s another anecdote involving food. I’m gathering quite a collection of these, but for now, I’ll just share the latest fruit fiasco. I spent a couple…

Beside the seaside

Having survived the desert, I was dropped off in Rissani – a small, friendly town with little to distinguish it except that it lies practically on top of the site…

Desert Runs

For those who haven’t perhaps heard of the ‘Marathon des Sables’, it’s a gruelling 7-day race where the competitors effectively run a marathon every day for seven days, carrying all…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Maneno – A blogging system for Africans

Maneno – Swahili meaning ‘words’. Maneno is a new multi-lingual, lightweight blogging platform for sub-Saharan African bloggers. The platform is based on a lightweight framework which allows those with limited or narrow-bandwidth…