Journal

Heading Down Under

AUS-NZ Panam

These past few days I have been making ready to fly the coop and head Down Under. I fly out tomorrow night for Auckland New Zealand, via Dubai and Sydney. Am already dreading the lengthy flight but I have stocked my Kindle with fresh reads and loaded some favourite films onto my iPad so it…

Potholes!

Motorist at the rim of the Grand Canyon c. 1914

Okay, so maybe this photo, taken of a motorist at the rim of the Grand Canyon about a century ago, might represent a teensy bit of hyperbole but the potholes on Britain’s roads this winter have gone beyond a joke. True, I am not speaking from first-hand cycling experience. Frost and the risky of black…

A Few Changes

Eastbourne Promenade-2

You may have noticed there have been a few changes to the site. The Photocrati theme I have been using for the past few months made a nice break from what had gone before, but in the long run it was really not suitable for a magazine-style blog and so I decided a change was…

London Stone

The London Stone, near Cannon Street Station, London

One of the things that I like most about exploring the world by bicycle is discovering the little things, the details in the landscape (or streetscape) that you miss when you travel by car – or, if you’re in the city, by bus or taxi. Here is a great case in point – the London…

Pevensey Castle

Crumbling ruins of the early mediaeval Pevensey Castle.

Not that I have ridden there lately, given the cold weather and icy roads – especially on the old marsh road that leads there – but Pevensey Castle has long been one of my favourite destinations for my morning rides. The fact that I can actually ride to an historic castle – indeed, I have…

Travel

Snow Scene – Norway

Snowy afternoon in Tromso Norway

Again, not exactly a post about bicycles or cycling other than perhaps a fine example of non-cycling weather, but one of the days when I was in Norway last week we had one of the most beautiful snowfalls I’ve ever seen. It had been snowing for most of the morning, but then suddenly the flakes…

Tromsø – Paris of the North

Snowy scene on Storgata in Tromsø, Norway

Nineteenth century visitors  to Tromsø, surprised by the elegance and style and sophistication of Norway’s northernmost city, nicknamed the place ‘the Paris of the North’.  It is where I have been this past week. While the comparison with Paris may be over-egging the pudding just a teensy bit, Tromsø is certainly surprisingly stylish, with its…

Beautiful Blue Highway

The Danube showed me many colours - among them a beautiful blue

Readers with long memories might just recall that in August 2013 I went off on a travel magazine assignment that involved – indeed was centred upon – cycling. I had to be rather mysterious  about the whole thing because magazine editors, not unreasonably, like to keep under wraps the content of their forthcoming issues. It…

Twilight on The Thames

Twilight falls over the Thames with St Pauls Cathedral in the distance

I have long been a  Joseph Conrad fan – Heart of Darkness, Typhoon and Lord Jim being old favourites. I especially love the opening in the Heart of Darkness. It’s day’s end, not on the Congo but along the Thames,  with  Marlow and four other men – the  Director of Companies, a lawyer, an accountant…