A New Year & Anniversary

It was a different Luang Prabang to the one I’d left just over two weeks ago. Then I’d driven to the airport on a motorbike with my friend, Angelique, riding pillion before waving goodbye as I boarded a flight to see my parents for Christmas in Hanoi. Having cycled seriously hard over the preceding weeks … Continue reading A New Year & Anniversary

It Probably Won’t Be A White Christmas…

Spending four days in Chiang Mai catching up with my aunt having being on the road for nearly a year was a refreshing recovery. As expected, resting up after a particularly tough 3000km three-week ride, these days just flew by. Too soon it was time to say goodbye, bringing back the usual twinge of sadness … Continue reading It Probably Won’t Be A White Christmas…

Off the ‘Beaten Track’

If we were to walk down the street together, chances are that you would overtake me. My natural pace is an amble at best, and it generally takes a crippling disability for me forge ahead of someone on the pavement. Put me on a bike however and this contempt for the slower way of life … Continue reading Off the ‘Beaten Track’

Why are you punishing yourself?

‘What did you do to deserve that?’ The comment from one of the hostel staff upon checking in, pretty accurately reflected the current and forecasted weather for bike riding. He seemed pretty adamant that this was some sort of punishment I was inflicting upon myself to make amends for previous wrongs in my life. I … Continue reading Why are you punishing yourself?

All roads lead to Bern

Now at the end of my second week on the road, I find myself in a city I had no intentions of visiting, until, well, a week ago. In fact I had no idea where Bern was until a week ago. However I can safely say I now have an acute muscle memory of the … Continue reading All roads lead to Bern

And so it begins…

I've been genuinely surprised at how many people have been interested in this trip. It all went a bit crazy in the final few weeks, with two BBC interviews and a couple on local radio stations. If you fancy learning a bit more about the trip and my ideas for planning etc, then have a … Continue reading And so it begins…