Ending at the beginning

“I’m going to Greece,” I told Nicolas over the kitchen table of our hostel in Sofia. He reacted with less surprise than you might expect from a man whose travelling companion had spent the last month obsessing about finding the most direct way to Istanbul. But then, this was a day when my plans for … Continue reading Ending at the beginning

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Queen of the hill

I have many shortcomings as a long distance cyclist, but perhaps the most significant is my pathological hatred for cycling uphill. Nothing can break me down like cycling up a hill where I can't see the end. Combined, my bike, kit, water and I weigh 150kg, which Google tells me is the weight of an … Continue reading Queen of the hill

The ultimate cycle tourist guide to campsites along the Rhine (wild and not so wild)

What makes the perfect campsite? One thing I've discovered since I started cycling around the world is that my pitch priorities have changed dramatically. On weekend expeditions with friends in England we'd look for a good space to congregate and make lots of noise; somewhere with a shop where we were allowed to light campfires. … Continue reading The ultimate cycle tourist guide to campsites along the Rhine (wild and not so wild)