And so I cried.

I stood at the check in counter and cried.  One final time in this epic journey, I let all the frustration come rolling down my cheeks. Despite doing all I could to ensure I would not have excessRead more

The Mud Fiasco.

Perhaps the bamboo bar across the road, manned by the gentleman who told us not to go that way, who tried to indicate that the mud would be up to our knees, perhaps that should have been enough of aRead more

The March of Progress.

The hills rise steeply on either side, towering over me, layer upon layer in the distance, the remnants of last weeks snow still clinging to the northern faces. Despite their steep sides and appareRead more

Diabolical Little Ducks.

I quite like having my ducks in a row.  A few years back I had life, in my view, quite neatly organized. I had a very good job, I travelled internationally for work, I had a clear career path, I Read more

I should know this by now.

I awaken early, while the darkness of night still hovers, spying a lone star through the cracked and dirty window of the abandoned roadhouse we have opted to call home for the night. I sigh. Clearly,Read more

Teenage Dreams.

I haven't eaten this many two-minute noodles since I was a teenager, when I used to catch the bus home from school with Clare Manners and we would scoff them before dance class. Normally I am aRead more

My Own Two Feet.

What is it about our culture that values the standing-on-your-own-two-feet so much? I have worked hard over the years to master the skills I need to navigate my way through life. To ensure IRead more

All part of it.

I have just set up my bed for the evening. On this particular occasion this happens to be on the dusty floor of a room attachedto the shop of a 24-hr highway road stop. The room appearsRead more

And so it begins...

I am hunched over in an awkward crouch. If I stand I will smack my head on a concrete ceiling that is dotted with spider nests. This culvert underneath the local highway provides us with shelter forRead more

Gremlins and Bridges

Take an optimistic dreamer with a warped sense of adventure and a deep streak of stubborn determination, stir in a little social conscientiousness, combine it with opportunity, and suddenly itRead more

Why I ride up hills... and across countries.

In 2016 I rode 25,000m vertical meters in an attempt to raise the cost of 100 bicycles for World Bicycle Relief. For every bike donated I rode one ascent of my local col, a Cat 3 climb known to theRead more

100 Ascents for 100 Bicycles

It started as a personal thing.  It started because I was battling the voice that told me there had to be more than this. I wanted to do something quietly, of my own volition, something just aRead more