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Bicycle Tour

Planning Route Equipment Sponsorship Charity Planning Being a complete novice at bicycle touring, the planning can sometimes get a little overwhelming. There are a multitude of things to think about, including; route visas budget equipment time work For someone like me, who changes plans and makes alterations along the way, finalising anything can get a [...]

Making a Soda Can Stove

A few weeks back I had a few old cans lying around, so I made an attempt at a soda can stove, in truth only to see how it would work. For anyone not sure what a soda can stove is, Wikipedia give a good definition… A beverage-can stove (or pop-can stove) is a homemade, [...]

Random Photo (2): Torres Del Paine

The second in the series of photos highlighting good trips in Latin America comes from Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia, where I trekked the “W” route for 5 days. The park is a world biosphere reserve and is home to a huge amount of plant and animal species, as well as snow capped mountain [...]

Planning Is Overrated

I recently read a good article about planning, written by Leo Woodland over on crazyguyonabike. I especially like this quote, taken from a conversation the author had with a friend of his: ‘You know what I realised?’ he said with his habit of answering one question with another. ‘Away from civilisation you hardly need any [...]

Random Photo (1): Copper Canyon

I’ve decided to do a series of random photo posts, highlighting a good day or excursion from my travels. The first in the series comes from the Copper Canyon in Mexico, taken only a week or two into the 11 month Latin America trip. The train from Los Mochis to Creel is a must-do for [...]

Yet More Equipment…

Another week, another item of equipment. This time its the comfort factor taken care of with some sleeping mats. I’ve opted for the Slim Airic self-inflating camp mat. You can check out the product page here.

Plod Forever

“Plod forever, but never believe you are going to get there.” Those are the words that Sir Ranulph Fiennes used to motivate himself on his third attempt to climb Everest. At the age of 65 he shows us all that if we can control ourselves mentally and not allow negative thoughts to creep in, our [...]

The Cost of Travel

“I’d love to travel, but I just don’t have the money.” Have you ever heard anyone saying anything along these lines? Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. Whenever I hear something like this I am reminded of a common misconception that all travel is expensive. I estimate that two people, on a self supported bicycle [...]


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Buying Equipment

Its official. I have started buying things for the tour. On Thursday I ordered two sets of Panniers, the Altura Fusion 40 in red. Evans Cycles had a good deal on at £50 for the pair, so I decided to take advantage and order them there and then. They arrived at my parents house on [...]

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