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Kazakhstan Cycling

Kazakhstan Part One: A Steppe Closer

  • 19th November 2018

Cesare Pavese “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea,…

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Caspian Sea Crossing

Crossing the Caspian

  • 7th November 2018

Billy Chapata “Don’t be afraid of new beginnings. Don’t shy away from new people, new energy, new surroundings. Embrace new chances at happiness.” Day 63 – 6,823km I am actually writing this from Astana in Kazakhstan. However, I want to…

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Bittersweet Joys

  • 1st October 2018

Earl Nightingale “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” Day 55 – 6,261km The kilometres are slowly clocking up but the numbers associated with my overall target are too…

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End of the Beginning

  • 16th September 2018

Christopher McCandless "The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." Day 37 –…

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Round The World Cycle

Unknown Beginnings

  • 30th August 2018

Richard Burton "The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands." Day 20 – 2,389km I write this while on the Italian/Slovenian border having spent the past three weeks churning away the pedals enough to…

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Around the World Cycle

  • 7th August 2018

Simone de Beauvoir "To exist is to dare to throw oneself into the world" That little bit of trepidation before embarking on an adventure is something we’ve all experienced before. There’s the anxiety of what could go wrong. The fear…

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West Highland Way

West Highland Way

  • 23rd July 2018

Robert Burns "Wherever I wander,  wherever I rove, The hills of the Highlands forever I love" Much of my childhood was spent traipsing the Scottish hills. It is a place that has always compelled me to explore its wild beauty…

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Seven Summits - Antarctica - Vinson

How to choose a book cover

  • 12th July 2018

Edwin Land “Politeness is the poison of collaboration” Writing In Search of Sisu was a wonderful and cathartic experience. Going through the editing phase, or at least Stages 2-3 (see this post on How to Edit a Book), was also…

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In Search Of Sisu

In Search of Sisu Book Launch

  • 11th July 2018

Frank Sinatra “For what is a man, what has he got If not himself, then he has naught To say the things he truly feels And not the words of one who kneels The record shows I took the blows…

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In Search Of Sisu - Reading

Why I Love Reading

  • 10th June 2018

Stephen King “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” I resented reading when I was a child. It took a great many years of persuasion for me to finally yield. A string of obsessive reading urges followed in the form of…

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