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Trans-Saharan Crossing Begins

Trans-Saharan Crossing Begins

Gateway to the Sahara Guelmim, the ‘gateway to the Sahara’ as it is known, which hints at it’s former importance as a trading post on the caravan routes of old, had few distractions for a solo cyclist like myself. I spent little more than 24 hours in town and fairly evenly divided this time between […]

The Sum of all Troubles

One dedicated reader commented recently that I’ve not mentioned many troubles encountered. The simple reason for this is that, so far, I’ve not encountered many problems. Well, nothing that has caused me any serious issues. Certainly nothing that’s made me think, ‘why exactly am I doing this?’ or ‘what I’d give right now to be […]

Taking the rough with the smooth

Taking the rough with the smooth

The sun’s out but the cycling’s hard… Since leaving Rochefort on Monday, rather late it has to be said… the campsite was lovely and the owners lovelier. I also had access to the mains for charging the various electronic gadgets and to the internet for catching up with everyone I’ve left behind. Another reason for […]

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 […]

Getting organised, getting excited

Getting organised, getting excited

I have just bought a ferry ticket to France – and so on the 20th July I shall be arriving in St. Malo; looking forward to two years cycling across two continents to reach Cape Town, some 20,000km away. So the departure date is fixed and getting ever nearer. As it does, I’m getting increasingly […]

Travelling without books doesn't mean nothing to read

Travelling without books doesn’t mean nothing to read

I’ve recently started reading again. This happens periodically. I won’t read a single book for months and then something will spark my interest and I’m off. All my spare time is spent reading. I confine myself to my room with a book and large mug of tea, emerging at regular intervals to refill the mug […]

Test riding the new bike

I finally picked up my new Thorn Raven bike this weekend and having been for a couple of outings can say I’m really quite happy with it. It took most of the first ride to get used to the rohloff twist shifter and the second to get used to the toe-clips, but now I’m feeling […]

Survival Skills for the African Wilderness

Survival Skills for the African Wilderness

I’ve just returned from a great weekend away on a wilderness survival skills course. Now I must say, before the weekend, I was a little dubious as to how useful a course teaching the basics of wilderness survival and bushcraft would be for my Africa trip – no doubt it would be interesting, fun and […]

Equipment List

Here’s a list of what I am going to take with me. Details where known are provided and I will update the list as I buy things. (Items marked with an ‘x’, I already have.) Bike Stuff x Bike – Thorn Raven Tour. Ordered and ready to collect x Racks – Thorn Expedition Steel Rear […]

A New Bike

A New Bike

For months I have been deliberating what I am going to need to take on my trans-African bike ride. Listing the basic kit I need is easy; the difficulty is in the details and the hardest decision so far has been choosing which bike to buy. After countless hours of research, I have managed to list my […]