Stories from the Road

The Forbidden Fruit

Yes, you’ve guessed correctly, it’s another anecdote involving food. I’m gathering quite a collection of these, but for now, I’ll just share the latest fruit fiasco. I spent a couple of days cycling from Tiznit to Guelmim recently – Two small towns in southern Morocco, which have little to entice tourists who aren’t on a […]

Desert Runs

Desert Runs

For those who haven’t perhaps heard of the ‘Marathon des Sables’, it’s a gruelling 7-day race where the competitors effectively run a marathon every day for seven days, carrying all their supplies including water, across the Saharan desert. Why exactly anyone would enter this is quite a mystery to most. I mean, who in their […]

What Lovely Melons

On the day riding out of Chefchaouen, I first passed along a fertile, wide-bottomed gorge, through Ouazzane and continued on the road south towards Fes. Throughout the morning I’d barely eaten or drunk anything since leaving the hotel first thing. So around midday, having passed numerous stalls selling melons on the roadside, I eventually caved […]

A Day of Two Halves

A Day of Two Halves

First half: France Leaving St Jean Pied de Port in the morning, it was uphill from the start and uphill all the way until Ibañeta, the pass at 1057m. Three tiresome hours, progressing painstakingly slowly, crawling along the curbside, just keeping the wheels rolling, onwards and upwards. Three tedious hours trudging along at a pace […]

Learning from my mistakes

The Story of the Leatherman and Other Things… The Leatherman I stop for a snack at a forest cross-roads – a nectarine and apple ought to see me through to lunch. So out comes the leatherman to slice the juicy fruit, which is rapidly devoured. To search for a much needed tissue, I carefully place […]