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Karoo and Baviaanskloof – Yet More Trails

Karoo and Baviaanskloof – Yet More Trails

Well, it seems that this journey is progressing faster than I can write about it. I had hoped to blog as I had on my first cycle ride through Africa. Writing, then, was the perfect distraction when I stopped frequently to rest my tired legs. But riding a motorbike...
Cederberg Wilderness Trails

Cederberg Wilderness Trails

The Cederberg Wilderness Area had been on my radar ever since I cycled to Cape Town five years ago. I missed out on it that time, in favour of taking the coastal route. Having had a wonderful six weeks previously exploring Namibia’s dirt and gravel tracks, my cycling...
In Search of Beer

In Search of Beer

It’s just over two weeks since we arrived in Cape Town, ready to begin our long ride home. We’ve covered some 1,400 kilometres and are now further away than when we set off. That’s because, after a little detour to the Cederberg Wilderness Area, we...
Africa: Take 2

Africa: Take 2

That’s right – I’m going back. Returning to the place I left almost five years ago. Five years? Yep, that’s right; almost five years have passed since I arrived in Cape Town on my bicycle. This time, I’m returning without the bicycle. Instead, I’ve got my...
Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Home. After a mad dash across Italy and France, I can finally stop and draw breath. The problem was that, as ever, there was not enough time. There never is. Every place we travelled through, we went slower, stayed longer than we had time for. And it still wasn’t slow...
Winter is coming…

Winter is coming…

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...
Screaming Silence

Screaming Silence

Where to start when the last blog post was written sixteen months ago? I asked that same question twelve months ago and didn’t find an answer. So I didn’t write anything. And then the longer I left it, the harder it got. One thing I was strongly aware of in the winter...
Too Cold – Winter Biking Yakutia Photos

Too Cold – Winter Biking Yakutia Photos

Oh where do I start?! I think for now, I will just show you the photos from the last couple of weeks. Mostly it was too cold to stop and take photos… sometimes when I did, the camera wouldn’t work anyway. When it’s -40C and colder (when I woke one morning from the...
Into the White

Into the White

Time for a long-awaited update… After a few weeks back home, I’m finally back out in Russia – in Irkutsk, near Lake Baikal. The first 3 weeks at home were spent indulging in the guiltless excesses of good food and drink over xmas, safe in the knowledge that I’ll be...
Home and the things we love and miss

Home and the things we love and miss

Each time I return home from an extended time abroad, I am engulfed with a mixture of emotions and impressions. And each time it is different. Last time, it was the shock at the pace of life so many live in the UK. The Rat Race. I hated it. I had gone straight back...
Photos of Khiva

Photos of Khiva

I pushed on towards Khiva, rather than camp – it would have been the crap kind of camping. Where you have to hide and make no noise and try not to be seen. There were simply too many houses and people from the main road to Khiva. Nothing like the desert the day...
Photos of Bukhara

Photos of Bukhara

After Samarkand, came Bukhara. On the route I’m cycling west, at least. It was the same for those merchants from the East trading along the Silk Road so many centuries ago, millennia even. Well-preserved Another central Asian city that has changed hands almost as...
Photos of Samarkand

Photos of Samarkand

Samarkand was founded around 700BC by the Sogdians. It became one of the greatest cities in the world at the time due to it’s central location on the Silk Road, connecting China with the East. The Registan – centre of old Samarkand Later it became a centre of...

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