The main reason for this site is to inform people about my cycling adventures both past and future ones.
Update: On 22 May 2013 I will be doing a charity cycle ride from North Cape in Norway to Malta. This is the most northerly point in Europe to the most southerly country in Europe.
I will be cycling on my own, unsupported, carrying everything I need and wild camping along the way. It will be approximately 5000 miles.
Starting in Norway, I will cycle through Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, over the Alps to Italy. All the way down Italy, across Sicily and then to Malta. I am hoping to do the journey in three months.
It will be an amazing adventure. I love the idea that every day I will see something new, every day will have different, sights, sounds, tastes and experiences.
I think there is no better way to see the world than on a bike. The sense of freedom you get is amazing. You can go where you want, when you want. You are not restricted to the over priced and over crowded tourist spots, unless you want them. This is even more of a case if you have a tent and can camp most places. You can get the best tent and equpiment money can buy, or you can beg and borrow, get cheap but reliable equpiment and just go for it.
Don’t get me wrong, getting really good equipment will save you a lot of potenial problems and could make your trip more enjoyable. The most important thing is that you do it.
On my first tour, I had a Specialized bike with mountain bike tyres, a rack from a local supermarket that fixed onto the seatpost, a borrowed blue tent and sleeping bag. Some cheap pannier bags from ebay, a rough idea of how to get there and then a friend, Simon, and I cycled from Bradford to Paris. This trip was great fun and taught me a lot about touring. You can read books and check the internet for weeks and months on end, but there is no better way to learn than just getting on your bike and trying it.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
~ Albert Einstein
Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. Wells