Kinnaur Valley Cycling

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh | 8 Comments

After pedaling uphill for two days the ceremonial sign for the Kinnaur valley welcomes you to the valley. By now the road clings to the side of the steep valley walls,  and carves its way through the sheer rock faces only with just enough room for an Indian truck and no more. The driver’s mate […]

Sutlej Valley Cycling

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas | One Comment

The descent from Narkanda begins on a broken surface, care needs to be taken between dodging pot holes, cows milling in the road and hairy overtaking manouerves as cars overtake heavily laden lorries lumbering up and down from Narkanda. The road surface improves as I descend down to the valley floor. Temperatures noticably begin to […]

Pushing the pedals

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas | One Comment

A last minute purchase before the trip sees me sitting on the Ridge in the early morning watching school children file past. Next to me is a bike with no pedals, it would be laughable were it not happening to me right now. I sit considering my options when Hassan a Kashmiri tout I’ve been […]

Shimla

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas | One Comment

Once summer time residence of the Indian government in the time the Raj, Shimla today has a feeling of days gone by.  Now an Indian tourist town rather than the clerical and bureaucratic power house under imperial rule.   The Ridge and Mall offer glimpses of a bygone era. The Ridge a tree lined Victorian […]

In to the foothills of the Himalayas

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas | 2 Comments

Ever one to procrastinate the list of jobs I knew I had to complete before going away suddenly became over whelmingly urgent. Stress levels rose and some last minute glitches meant those closest to me looked on wondering whether I would be ready in time. As Sunday morning came, I woke with a knot in […]

India Bound

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas | 2 Comments

Almost two months ago, Cycling the Himlayas was tinged with melancholy. My grand plan changed at the last minute, I was grounded and forced to take stock. The prospect of being jobless and homeless with no fixed timeline for the start of the trip were both bewildering and daunting in equal measure. Time that I […]

Pennine Bridleway Bikepacking

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in General | 4 Comments

Despite the bureaucracy which has delayed my trip, during the course of the year I’ve amassed a huge amount of new kit, not to mention a Surly Ogre custom built by the lovely guys at Keep Pedalling. Neither the bike or kit has been tested nearly enough and so I came up with a number […]

Cycling in the Himalayas

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas | 11 Comments

The past few months have been a whirlwind. Renovating a house, planning my big trip to cycle the americas, researching and buying kit, winding down at work and getting all my personal affairs in order hasn’t left much time for anything but stress and a lot of long days. In amongst all this I’ve been […]

A manifesto to live by

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in General | No Comments

Cycling the Americas

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Cycling, Panamerica | 5 Comments

Update Plans change for better or worse: Cycling in the Himalayas Original Post Ask me at any point in time and I can reel off a list of different trips, races and adventures I’d love to do. Motivation for some pass whilst others stick no matter how stupid they are and you revisit them time […]

Mountain Running in Wales

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in General | No Comments

Beautiful video from Polished Project following Sarah Ridgway of Run Snowdonia running up and down a few mountains in her natural playground of Snowdonia (North Wales). The video totally sums up why many of us run, beautiful scenery and time to get some head space and clarity in life. Reason enough to tie up those […]

Toeing the starting line

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in General | 2 Comments
Toeing the starting line

Ask most people in the UK what they are working towards, and the answer generally revolves around elevating their standard of living in order to keep up with their peers. A better paid job, bigger house, nicer car, fancier holidays its a self fulfilling prophecy the one of ‘perfection’ that is only ever momentarily sated […]