Alice’s Attic

Img02887-20110820-1828

This has to be one of the most exciting places we've stayed yet... Although our initial hope of WarmShowers turned out to be something of a failure, the alternative turned out to be even better. Alice's Attic is essentially a barn which has been converted into the most amazing restaurant/venue/shop, and where cyclists passing through ...

Take Me and Dry The Rain

Img01288-20110525-0715

What a beautiful day for a cycle. It rained non stop throughout the night, and despite camping in our favourite type of spot (yep, a public park, right near the road in a big town with a no camping sign up), it was still a miserable start to the day. You know its going ...

It’s Tiger Time

Vegan Burger

With bike (re)packed, it's time to say goodbye to the comfort, cushions and air conditioning of Singapore, as we head off to Australia. I've had a great time relaxing with my friends over the past week (even if I would never admit that to Lando), but that apprehension of the unknown will fade away in ...

Singapore Sling

12042011072

And so once again I’m off! This time briefly back in the wonderfully hot and humid Singapore! It’s great to be back here again, to see Sam and Orlando, and of course show him a thing or two about what’s what.The past few days so far have been filled with wholly un-bikey things; from sailing, to ...

Thoughts so Far……

As I'm writing this, I'm resting in Damascus at my friend Lubna's apartment after finally finishing Leg 1 of my tour. And looking outside, all I can see is the whiteness of the snowstorm that's currently engulfing Damascus. Not exactly what I was expecting when I got here, but at least I'm grateful to be ...

Arrival in Kempten, Germany

Cliff's asked me to put a message that the team has arrived in Kempten, Germany after a hard slog through mountainous terrain and travelling through the night. You can track the progress here. He doesn't have easy access to webmail but his Blackberry should be well charged if you want to send messages. They'll be taking a ...

Pain in the Arse

Time to quit procrastinating and decide on the seat that I’ll be sat on for the next two years. Finding a saddle that’s perfect for touring, and more importantly perfect for your body is no simple task, and so the first step is measuing the size of my sit bones to make sure I go ...

10 Days to Dunwich

Today marks the beginning of 10 days of solid training, culminating in the Double Dunwich Dynamo. Ten days of full meals. Full training. Full nights' sleep. And absolutely no drinking, no smoking, no late nights, hardly any junk food, and, probably for the worse, absolutely no distractions… And all finishing with 400km in ...

Last training run before Glasto

Just got back from the last bit of cycling I can do before the next week's inevitable physical decline at Glasto. Would've been a perfect night ride if it hadn't been for swallowing that fly...

Today I Cycled with a Fish in My Pocket

One of those smoked ones, with a thousand bones in that are begging to choke you. But fish aside, I’m finally back on the bike. And about time too. Beautiful blue skies, it’s high time I started training… And now I just need to actually get around to building the bike. But first to unblock the sewer by ...