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Cycling to the sea

On December 20, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

ON 1st August 2011 I cycled from London to Southend — the first step of a 4000-mile, 10-week journey round the coast of Britain. The route is fairly flat, tracing the River Thames from the confines of the city to the salt-tainted air of the coast. At the time I…

What’s going on with all these cycling deaths?

On November 22, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

That was a question asked to me by my elder sister, who’s been told by her husband that he doesn’t want her riding a bike anymore. The statistic is terrifying — six deaths in thirteen days! — but, to put it in perspective, in total there have now been an…

An unfortunate incident

On August 10, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling, With 5 Comments

N.B. Please don’t let this post put you off cycling in London. Cycling in London is (most of the time) brilliant — quick, easy, free, enjoyable — and I find most drivers to be courteous and considerate. Then there are the unfortunate few… This happened as I was on my…

Life at Sea

On June 8, 2013, Posted by , In Sailing, With 1 Comment

I’m currently living on a sailing boat, journeying round the coast of Britain. The trip is run by South West Marine Training, and is called the Round Britain Experience (as is the boat) — aside from a previous two day excursion, which involved motoring round a harbour, I’ve never sailed…

Sailing round Britain

On April 28, 2013, Posted by , In Sailing, With No Comments

A day on the boat begins at around 7am, when the combination of ropes and waves knocking against the hull forces me out of my cosy sleeping bag and into the cold heads. The boat is rocking even though we’re moored – a floating pontoon doesn’t offer much stability, and…

The joy of two wheels

On April 18, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

You might not have heard of Brixham — it’s a tiny fishing village on the south coast of Devon. There’s no railway station there, no way to get there other than by car or bus. It’s 270 miles away from where I live. I’m going there because that’s where my…

Oban trip

On March 29, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain,Writing, With No Comments

I have just spent ten days in Oban, on the beautiful western coast of beautiful Scotland. It’s been a bitterly cold March everywhere and Oban was no exception – zero degrees and a hefty wind chill to boot. But the sun shone most days and there was only the occasional…

The Good Doctor Bike

On March 5, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling,Otesha,Touring, With 3 Comments

A sunny day in mid September. I’m riding down a street I’ve never ridden down before, and I see a man I’ve never met before, and then I notice his finger outstretched towards me, and I hear him say,  “You’re famous!” This is one of my favourite moments of my…

A day in the life

On February 19, 2013, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

5.20am. My alarm goes off, rousing me from my light slumber; I never sleep deeply if I know I have to get up early. I quietly rise and dress, then creep downstairs to make breakfast – flask of tea, marmalade sandwich and an oat muffin to eat on the train….