Tierra Del Fuego: a Baptism of Fire and a lesson in friendship

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Argentina, Chile, South America | 6 Comments
Tierra Del Fuego: a Baptism of Fire and a lesson in friendship

Arriving back in Ushuaia from Antartica I return to my accomodation and within an hour I have my replacement part thanks to the continued and unwavering support of Shona and Rich at Keep Pedalling. I should be raring to go, excited to get the bike fixed and packed ready to get on the road. Oddly […]

Antartica

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Antartica | 14 Comments
Antartica

Stood on deck I watch the port of Ushuaia and the Patagonian Andes slowly shrink in to the distance. My destination the Antarctica Peninsula via the Antarctic Circle. Its been a frustrating few days. The loss of a tiny bike part requires a replacement sending from the UK, a slow and costly delivery for such […]

A New Year: a new set of reflections

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in General | 2 Comments
A New Year: a new set of reflections

It’s New Years Eve. I’m just about to leave my apartment and head to a house party when a message pops in to my inbox. It’s from Tom. We met last year at a mountain bike race in Nepal and saw the New Year in together with our fellow competitors after 5 days hard racing. […]

Buenos Aires: Black and White

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Argentina, South America | 2 Comments
Buenos Aires: Black and White

¬†Beunos Aires is a colourful city, almost too colourful. With each shot taken I seem to find an awkward colour sticking out, distracting me and leading my eye from the very thing I am supposed to be focusing on.¬†For days I am left feeling frustated as I review the photographs I have taken. As a […]

Buenos Aires

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Argentina, South America | 6 Comments
Buenos Aires

Driving back towards Kathmandu after the Manaslu Circuit the Langtang range is bathed in evening light as the sun sets giving them a vibrant orange glow. The Himalayas parting gesture, a reminder not to forget them and return again someday. Sights, sounds and conversations whirl round in my mind. I’m tired, physically and mentally rundown […]

Trekking the Manaslu Circuit

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in General | 2 Comments
Trekking the Manaslu Circuit

Arriving in the Himalayas I didn’t have a clear idea how my trip would fit together, everything was a rush. There was no grand plan; the decision where to start my trip was left to the very last minute whilst I stood in Delhi bus station. I had a lot of ideas, probably too many. […]

West Sikkim Cycling

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas, Sikkim | No Comments
West Sikkim Cycling

After a 36 hour train journey east from Delhi through Bihar and Jharkand, the bulk of Kanchenjunga rises high above the West Bengal plains. I spend the next 4 days riding some of the steepest hills I’ve encountered through tea plantations and small villages. Unsettled weather following Cyclone Phailin and busy traffic on the national […]

Farewell Spiti Valley, Hello Hippy Trail

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Himachal Pradesh | 5 Comments
Farewell Spiti Valley, Hello Hippy Trail

Retracing my steps from Chandra Tal I join back on to the dirt road headed in the direction of Rohtang La and the junction of the Leh to Manali highway. I had been warned the road was rough, but its surface is jarring and makes for slow progress as it weaves through a dry river […]

McLeod Ganj and Tibet

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Himachal Pradesh | No Comments

Its a stuffy and cramped bus journey from Manali to McLeod Ganj that sees the Ogre and I deposited 6 kilometres north of Dharmsala in the early hours of a Tuesday morning. A scrum of people congregate to collect their bags whilst taxi drivers and touts mingle with the assembled crowd trying to secure business […]

Chandra Tal

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh | 2 Comments
Chandra Tal

The descent down Kunzum La is rough and chilly, it has an isolated feel despite the occasional jeeps ferrying passengers over the pass. Taking the junction to Chandra Tal I’m blasted with rain and a fierce head wind. I stop to put my waterproofs on and what little cold weather gear I have. The ever […]

Kaza Singletrack

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Cycling in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh | 2 Comments
Kaza Singletrack

After a couple of nights in Kaza I’m keen to get moving, Himalaya By Bike mentions some single track in the high pastures which I’m keen to explore after days spent on dirt roads. Asking around no one is really sure, probably because very few people ride bikes. Wandering through Old Kaza I spot that […]

Spiti Valley Cycling

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Himachal Pradesh | 10 Comments

The cycling in Spiti Valley drew me to this westerly corner of the the Indian Himalayas, each account I read overflowing with superlatives. The only ones I can offer are: breathtaking and magical. Each twist and turn offer an ever changing horizon, gone is the harsh light and arid almost moonscape like conditions of Upper […]