USA Part 3: Utah, You Rock! (St. George UT to Moab UT 27/06/17-09/07/17)

There is no shortage of things to see in Utah and I squeezed in as much as I could crossing the state. The Brian Head wildfire was raging east of Cedar City and so headed further south. The road I wanted to cycle was closed and anything else around there would have been an unpleasant … More USA Part 3: Utah, You Rock! (St. George UT to Moab UT 27/06/17-09/07/17)

USA Part 2: Nevada’s Alien Obsession (Benton CA to St George UT 21/06/17-27/06/17)

It was time for the desert once again. Nevada’s Great Basin would be the fourth desert crossing of my tour and I was ready for some empty miles…       I crossed the state border early in the morning but already it was hot. It was hard to believe that just a few days … More USA Part 2: Nevada’s Alien Obsession (Benton CA to St George UT 21/06/17-27/06/17)

USA Part 1: High on Life in California (San Francisco CA to Benton CA 09/06/17-20/06/17)

You’d have thought that after so long moving between time zones that I’d have got my head around the world’s moving clocks. I got the plane from New Zealand the morning of the 9th, travelled for 24 hours and arrived in America on the morning of the 9th. A lot happened in that ‘non-existent’ day… … More USA Part 1: High on Life in California (San Francisco CA to Benton CA 09/06/17-20/06/17)

New Zealand Part 2: Glacier Country (Wanaka to Wellington 26/06/17-08/06/17)

My legs had finally had enough. The first week cycling around the mountains had been a nasty re-start for the thighs after my long break but instead of resting them I’d hiked up to the summit of Ben Lomond and cycled over the Crown Range. They felt flimsy leaving Wanaka but I pushed on towards … More New Zealand Part 2: Glacier Country (Wanaka to Wellington 26/06/17-08/06/17)

New Zealand Part 1: Beginning Again (Invercargil to Wanaka 11/05/17-25/05/17)

My big return to the two-wheel life wasn’t quite what I’d expected. Upon arriving in Invercargil my Warmshowers host Amy asked if I fancied a ride at the local velodrome. There was a ‘give-it-a-go’ session on and I was up for stretching my legs having been sat on the bus for 10 hours coming down … More New Zealand Part 1: Beginning Again (Invercargil to Wanaka 11/05/17-25/05/17)

Two Years On The Bicycle: Another Retrospective (16/01/16-16/01/17)

In January 2016 I sat down and wrote a retrospective blog on my first year cycling. It felt surreal to be celebrating 365 days in the saddle after an uneasy start to the year but by then I was back in China with a new visa and a plan extending roughly across the next 9 … More Two Years On The Bicycle: Another Retrospective (16/01/16-16/01/17)

Australia Part 6: The Great Ocean Road (Adelaide to Melbourne 20/12/16-31/12/16)

It somehow felt like the Australian adventure was already over as I pedalled out of Adelaide. Melbourne was still 500 miles away but the hard part was over now, surely. There were no more long stretches without water, no more outback heat, plenty of towns en-route and apparently there would be less flies along the … More Australia Part 6: The Great Ocean Road (Adelaide to Melbourne 20/12/16-31/12/16)

Australia Part 5: End of The Outback and into The Flinders (Marree to Adelaide 09/12/16-19/12/16)

The road south of Marree was the same old: an unsealed dirt road through flat boring desert. There were still no trees for shade and the sun was as menacing as ever. There were still long stretches between signs of human life but I knew the mountains weren’t far off now… That evening I saw … More Australia Part 5: End of The Outback and into The Flinders (Marree to Adelaide 09/12/16-19/12/16)

Australia Part 4: The Oodnadatta Track (Marla to Marree 01/12/16-09/12/16)

December had arrived in the desert, bringing with it a crescendo in the temperature. I loaded 25L of water onto my bicycle and wobbled onto the dirt Oodnadatta track both nervous and excited about the lonely stretch ahead. Occasionally a few trees would cluster around a dried up creek but aside from those respites there … More Australia Part 4: The Oodnadatta Track (Marla to Marree 01/12/16-09/12/16)