Cycling Cures Malaria

The sweat was falling from every pore like Niagara falls. My head was pounding as if trapped in a vice with Dave Grohl playing the drums on the tightening screw. But I was freezing cold, and hurting. A lot. The seconds ticked past forlornly. Every. Single. One. Maybe I should have been taking those pesky […]

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Keep The Wheels Rolling – Mud, Sweat And Despair

It struck me that it’s not only when cycling that, metaphorically speaking, sometimes our wheels stop rolling. Things we normally do without a great deal of conscious effort suddenly consume our every waking moment. A problem at work escalates from an inconvenience into a livelihood threatening catastrophe: I had an accident in a car at […]

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Going Loco

Cycling through north east India was a very different experience to that of central India. The region was connected to the mainland by a slither of land between Nepal and Bangladesh just fourteen miles wide. Separated into nine different states, each one with it’s own government and unique personality, many of which shared a common […]

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Extremists And Police Escorts: Just Another Day On The Road

Guwahati was intense with the hustle and bustle of a tightly populated city, and after three nights getting back to full strength, ultimately rejuvenating. A couple of short rides first to Jagiroad where the change from flat to hilly terrain emerged, and then on to Nagaon saw changes in the appearance of the people, too: […]

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When Is A Monsoon Not A Monsoon?

The monsoon rain finally relented and I was itching to get back on the road. Leaving Kathmandu towards Hetauda on the brutally spectacular Tribhuvan highway on which I had arrived, brought back vivid memories of the epic cycle into Kathmandu. Reliving the journey in reverse with the benefit of hindsight, I opted to break the distance into […]

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The Road Less Travelled And Room to Read Kathmandu – Inspired To Do Anything!

The Road Less Travelled Armed with visas for India and Myanmar I finally left Kathmandu to continue the journey east towards Darjeeling. Never keen to travel back down roads already cycled I headed in the direction of Nagarkot, which on a clear day offers views of the Himalaya including Mount Everest. However, during monsoon season […]

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One Year Down The Road – What Was I Thinking? Revisited

One year down the road, with just over 9,000 miles on the odometer and experiences from seventeen countries forever etched in my memory, it seemed like the perfect time to take another look back at the actual route cycled, this time from Yaniklar, Turkey to Kathmandu, Nepal. Click the following links to view the the two previous posts […]

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Vipassana Meditation Kathmandu – What’s It All About?

Arriving into Kathmandu late at night made searching for the guesthouse I had booked that bit more difficult. Thamel, the area where it was located, was a hive of activity during the day I was to learn, but pretty dark and eerie later in the evening. Hotels and guesthouses were abundant and the temptation to […]

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McLeod Ganj to Kathman-Ding-Dang-Du

Melancholy infiltrated and gradually replaced the satisfaction of completing Yoga Teacher Training. Fellow students began to go their separate ways immediately upon the course finishing, and with each passing day fewer and fewer remained. The stark reality of an imminent return to the solitude of solo bicycle travel suddenly seemed daunting. A month spent in […]

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Siddhi Yoga Teacher Training Review

The last month was an intense learning experience spent completing the Siddhi Yoga Teacher Training Certification. It became clear early on that to get the most out of the programme I would need to fully immerse myself physically, mentally and socially. Free time was sparse which meant the blog took a back seat, but what […]

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