Córdoba

It is just 140km from Seville to Córdoba by the most direct route, my route however took me into the northern sierras of Andalucia for a few days before heading back south. It rained for four days in Seville but I left town on dry roads albeit under leaden skies…. more »

Sevilla en la Lluvia

It is pouring with rain in Seville. An escape from the Cornish winter seemed like a good idea, I had a cheap flight to use, felt a need for some sunshine and, with a two-wheeled return to the Andes imminent, some solid miles on a bike could be useful… It was sunny… more »

A Porto Portfolio

Very recently I had the opportunity, well, more of an excuse really, to spend a couple of days in Porto catching up with friends. It was super. As you might expect I also took a few snaps along the way. I imagine I wouldn’t be writing had I not done so…… more »

A little bit of Delhi

I had a little bit of time in Delhi… I found street photography quite difficult. Despite the obvious potential it is the sort of place that completely overwhelms the senses… the noise, the crowds, the oppressive heat (at least at this time of year), the bad air (apparently now the most… more »

Spiti etc

Other than the 60km asphalt cruise down the valley to Kullu the riding for now is essentially over, I’ll be back in the UK next week. Sadly. I am already missing the peace and solitude of the high mountains despite the luxuries on offer here. As I write I’m in… more »

Five Photos, #4

Just another random selection, no particular story behind it. Just like it. I could spend hours trying to decide ‘what picture’.. it’s not a good use of time, so.. here we are. Kids on the school bus in Leh, Ladakh. I was passing through on my bicycle. Of course ;-)

Five Photos, #3

OK, back to the five photos thing with number 3. I changed my mind about the ‘photos with stories behind them’ thing, I don’t wish to be a bore.. so instead just picking stuff at random… So.. this one, Lac Chat in Parc Tremblant, a couple of hours drive north… more »

North West Frontier cafe

Five Photos, #2

It’s not very sharp, it was quite dark inside the cafe so I was shooting handheld, wide open at f1.4 on Fuji Provia 100f with a shutter speed not far off single figures, if memory serves, on my old Nikon FE2.. Anyway, on the Afghanistan / Pakistan border in 2000… more »

Hindu Festival

Five Photos, #1

A little while ago Chyrel suggested I post five photos in sequence. As a rule I’m not normally particularly bothered about such flavours of ‘challenge’ that circulate through the blogging community… however.. she writes a good blog out east in the Phillippines and is enjoyable to engage with.. so just this once… more »

Psiloritis Traverse

Got some late afternoon shade and a mug of tea here in Zaros so time for a quick blog post I think.. it’s been a terrific couple of days, albeit hard ones, crossing the Psiloritis mountains. Legs were really quite stuffed this morning so basing ourselves in the quiet little… more »

Northwest China Street Portraits

Restless on a cold and piddling wet Friday afternoon and insufficiently motivated to head out on a training ride … I haven’t had a chance to do anything with respect to a proper portfolio yet so instead thought I might take 5 minutes to continue in the vein of sharing a… more »

A little bit of Anatolia…

In the absence of anything interesting to write about this week (I’m swamped with development work, and with the start of the race season less than 2 months away also spending a majority of spare time on two wheels) this post is just going to continue the theme started in the… more »

Closing the loop…

Arrival back into Marrakech was something of an anti-climax after the truly fantastic riding of the last 8 days or so, since my last update in fact… I arrived back into the madness of the Djemaa el Fna, chugged a couple of glasses of fresh squeezed orange juice from one… more »

via Tizi n’Tazazert…

It was a very definite sense of deja-vu. Not the first time I’d found myself sat by a fire beneath a wonderful starscape on a cold night on top of a mountain sharing a meal with a friendly Berber. That previous time, a few years ago, it was on top… more »

N’kob

The ride from Agdz was an easy one with very little in the way of significant climbing, 30km south through the date palms and oasis villages of the Draa Valley and then just 40km east across a rocky, sun baked plain with the peaks of the Jebel Sahro on my… more »

Agdz

The instinct is always to keep pushing on when travelling by bicycle, but aside from the need to rest from time to time it is always good for me to occasionally stop for a bit longer. I stopped here in Agdz for an extra day, in part because yesterday, with… more »

When maps go wrong…

I’m resting up for a day in a dusty town on the edge of the desert called Aoulouz after one of the most challenging individual days I have ever spent on a bicycle..right up there with the best days in the Andes and Himalaya… my legs are toast and the… more »

two-wheeled memories

Haven’t been inspired to write of late.. figured there is no interest for my readers in just hearing about just lots of riding in pouring rain and gale force winds… and kind of busy with work too. Something I have been doing of late however is archiving old slides from… more »

Beyoğlu

Rio, Jakarta, Fes, Istanbul… wherever you are in the world there is a law of nature that says that sooner or later you will stumble across someone playing the theme to the movie Titanic .. on pan-pipes. The only thing that can make it worse is if Celine Dion is… more »

while I’m on… Eskişehir

I understand that for some folk who received the email version of my last post, rather than clicking through to the blog , itself pictures were missing. No idea why, sorry about that. If you were missing pictures then click through  to http://mikesimagination.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/eskisehir-the-end-of-my-road and all should make sense.. While I’m… more »

Eskişehir… the end of my road

It is only 140km from Afyon to Eskişehir but it is very much a journey that needs to be taken slowly over 2 days and savoured.. and it is worth a decent post here… it was a wonderful ride. There are plenty of reasons and opportunities to dawdle from enjoying the… more »

Afyon

I wasn’t going to bother with another post but this evening changed my mind… Afyon has been a strange experience, partly I think because it is the biggest place I have been since Istanbul.. it’s a small city rather than a town… and hence is something of a shock to… more »

apples to Afyon

The weather was perfect leaving Eğirdir… not a breath of wind, clear sky and chilly enough to need a jacket. The wind did pick up a little later from the north, so a headwind, but no more than a force 3 and thus didn’t detract at all from what turned… more »

Eğirdir etc

If a backpacker says that a place is not worth visiting because there ‘is nothing to do there’ it can generally be assumed that the opposite is true. Such is the case with Eğirdir (pronounced ‘E-irdir’)… I have really enjoyed my couple of days here. Yesterday was my first proper… more »

Extremes…

Hard to believe it is just a few days ago that  I was sweating.. I mistyped as swearing but on reflection that too… at something like 35 degs C… and now putting up with temperatures more than 40 degs colder.. but more on that in a mo… Despite the cold… more »

Pamukkale

back on the road tomorrow, up into the mountains and what looks like about 400km to my next stop so slinging up a few pics of Pamukkale now… The storm continued to rage all night and it was still raining first thing this morning… the air is clearer however as… more »

a storm brews…

It’s a funny thing but a least once on every bike journey I will meet a very lovely Parisien girl(s) and invariably they will walk away with my heart, haha.. something to do with the loneliness of the solo cyclist.. my heart is very easy to walk away with… the… more »

a quick bit of Ephesus…

…as I am back on the road tomorrow.. and this afternoon I am doing very little having slept very little… I like the fact that the alcohol can flow freely, very freely in this moslem state when there is a birthday to celebrate.. by the way, apols for the pic… more »

Otobüs tüm iyi yapmak

hmmm, my Turkish is not yet good enough but google says roughly translated that could mean ‘bus make it all better’.. my Turkish is improving but being such a very different language stuff doesn’t stick very well… anyway, back to the otobüs. The last straw I suppose was the day… more »

Assos…

The ride to Assos was a good one… at last, the preceeding couple of days of riding had been pretty rubbish really with no option other than the highway west to get clear of all the industrial crap around the sea of Marmara so to be on properly small, quiet… more »

A gift of two melons…

There are few things in life as delicious as a siesta in the shade of a tree on a hot afternoon beneath a sapphire blue sky with nothing but the sound of the wind painted onto the peace.. especially when it’s somewhere with such a legendary status as Troy. I… more »

A little bit of Istanbul…

I was wondering whether I’d bother to blog while riding but we’ll see how it goes.. I may lose interest, especially if i find doing it via a little tablet frustrating and poor for handling photos…. As my first proper post using my nexus tablet I’m interested to see how… more »

Painted Roads, Yunnan etc

well so much for race fitness… no sooner was I back on my bike after that minor hiccup in my last post than I was knocked sideways by proper dose of flu. Ho hum. A minor setback I’m sure… as I write from inside my sleeping by a log fire… more »

back in the day…

oh dear, it has been a couple of weeks since I sat down at my keyboard with the purpose of populating these pages with more words and pictures.. It’s not that nothing worth writing about has been going on, it’s just that the brain cell has been otherwise engaged you… more »

not really a rainforest kind of a guy

“What next?“.. it is a question I am hearing with increasing frequency from friends and ex-colleagues.. Of course I know full well that what they really mean is “when are you going to stop messing about and get a proper job?” words that have followed me ever since one very… more »

I see dead people…

“I see dead people“…. sadly if you asked me to come up with a movie quotation off the top of my head then that would probably be it… nothing so special as “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine…”.. or… more »

las calles de Buenos Aires…

…late summer in Buenos Aires, a time for whiling away the afternoon heat with a cold beer in a dark, smokey bar while watching life pass by on the cracked and crumbling pavements outside… My flight left Ushuaia much later than scheduled… on a scale of 0 to 5 for… more »

gasoline….

“it’s really gasoline? You know, like gasoline gasoline..?” “yep, it is definitely gasoline” “so not alcohol or anything, definitely gasoline?” “yep, definitely gasoline, it came out of a Petrobras pump in Puerto Natales” “oh cool, I’ll have it then, pour it in there….” I packed up my tent for the… more »