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In The West

Strange and unsettling times indeed. Because of my asthma and less than stellar history of chest infections, and with the wellbeing of my family and friends in mind, I started avoiding people over a month ago when it became clear what was going to happen. With no plans to travel… more »

Dummy Weekender

With a rare spell of high pressure in the forecast it was very much a case of throwing... more »

Dartmoor

Fear, I think, is one of the greatest obstacles to doing ‘stuff’ in life; fear of what might... more »

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On the road again...

Mostly Buenos Aires

It’s perhaps appropriate that the final journal entry  for this journey comes from the departures lounge in Buenos Aires Ezeiza airport. The past two weeks, although not on two wheels, have left me somewhat worn out; a busy social schedule with friends both here in BA and Villa Mercedes, a… more »

The End of the Road

A medium-sized provincial town deep in the heart of Argentina, about 700km west of Buenos Aires, may seem... more »

Córdoba Streets

Thought I’d sling up a few impressions of Córdoba city. It’s alright; colourful, busy, good icecream. I’ll say... more »

Cerro Aspero

To my mind one of the greatest things about a bicycle is the ease with which it enables... more »

To Córdoba

There will always be more to do in the Andes but having comprehensively ridden my bike all over... more »

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Spiti & Kinnaur

Post-Himalayan Apathy…

It’s always ‘challenging’ returning home after a decent adventure but this time seems to have been, or rather ‘is’, particularly difficult. All I can think about it is the mountains – nothing new there – accompanied by a crippling apathy with respect to what passes for normal life. I’m tired too…… more »

Spiti etc

Other than the 60km asphalt cruise down the valley to Kullu the riding for now is essentially over,... more »

Transitions…

I’m really happy, got my Inner Line Permit. It had been on my mind a little because I... more »

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Sea Kayaking

Dolphins etc

It has been a while since I posted anything of a sea kayaking flavour; when I have been out I haven’t been taking a camera. Sometimes I just can’t be bothered with a camera, it’s nice just to go paddling with mates without thinking about photos. After all there is… more »

Various

On reaching the mighty age of six my brother and I were given a small secondhand mono tape... more »

Surly Big Fat Dummy

It took a whole year of procrastination and the opportunity to acquire one at a somewhat reduced price,... more »

Spring. Maybe.

After my last post I had thought I might follow up with some apparently intelligent thoughts around things... more »

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Bikepacking Crete

Dirt road touring / bike-packing Crete

I thought that, for once, I could perhaps make myself useful and scribble a general info flavoured post with info on maps and stuff  – especially given that Crete is such an accessible, cheap to fly to destination (at least for those of us in Europe :-) ) with some absolutely… more »

Archanes etc

I could quite happily have spent a week on the Lasithi Plateau… however with a flight on Wednesday... more »

Lasithi

After 9 days of riding without a break a rest day was in order…I’m lucky in that the... more »

To the east…

It’s warm… as I rolled up my tarp at 8am this morning on the little patch of sand... more »

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Atlas & Djebel Sahro

revisiting some Moroccan streets

For the last couple of bicycle journeys I’ve travelled really light so just used a 7″ Android tablet as a tool for updating this journal – not ideal but it did the job and took up very little room along with my camera, a Fuji x100s – I think   the most… more »

Memory Dust

Sometimes it takes me even longer to get around to sorting it out. For the two weeks since... more »

Closing the loop…

Arrival back into Marrakech was something of an anti-climax after the truly fantastic riding of the last 8... more »

N’kob

The ride from Agdz was an easy one with very little in the way of significant climbing, 30km... more »

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Photography

Mostly Street, a portfolio of street photography from Mike Hayes

Mostly Street

Some friends in the industry – you know, real photographers and so on that do this stuff for a living, have been telling me I should put up a portfolio of my street photography. So I did. They’ve also been telling me I should do another book, but that might… more »

Mostly Buenos Aires

It’s perhaps appropriate that the final journal entry  for this journey comes from the departures lounge in Buenos... more »

Córdoba Streets

Thought I’d sling up a few impressions of Córdoba city. It’s alright; colourful, busy, good icecream. I’ll say... more »

Cafayate

Cafayate is the point at which my route intersects that of ten years ago. It was a lovely... more »

Uyuni

Having ridden the stretch between the Argentine border and Uyuni back in 2010 I had planned to take... more »

The Wild West

Happily the winds were not as bad as forecast and I only needed four (and a bit) days... more »

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Gear Etc

Big Fat Dummy Fenders

When I was younger my cycling peers and I considered mudguards on a bike to be deeply uncool. From an early age my father was very fond of the idea that I should always have a sensible bike so it was much to his chagrin that mudguards would be removed… more »

N+1 = Big Bro

I’m really not on board with the way the bike industry is constantly inventing new standards for things... more »

Brother Cycles AllDay

For whatever reason I recently decided that I needed to build myself a new lightweight tourer, day-tripper, ultralight... more »

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Anatolia

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 »

time to go…

cold, wet and windy in Istanbul for the last couple of days… must be time to fly home..

Beyoğlu

Rio, Jakarta, Fes, Istanbul… wherever you are in the world there is a law of nature that says... more »

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