Journal

Holiday Training

Parisellas Ice Cream Parlour Conwy Wales

Just arrived back home from my training camp in Wales where I worked hard on endurance…specifically, building up a sufficient store of calories to carry me through several Paris-Brest-Paris events, a crack at the Cent Cols and probably the ride back home as well…to Australia. In the event I also acquired sufficient ballast so that…

Climbs

Spiral staircase winds its way to the top of the Eagle Tower in the 13th century Caernarfon Castle in northern Wales.

Behold the climb up St Helens Road as it appeared to me the other morning as I toiled my way upwards and homewards from my ride along the seafront. Having turned 57 the other day, and being a good stone overweight (and I flatter myself when a say a stone) after being off the bike…

Closing a Circle

Hemistour - image from National Geographic May 1973

This photo and the story that went with fired my imagination in the spring of 1973 when I came across it in the May issue of National Geographic. The story was about two young couples who were cycling the Alaska Highway, indeed planning to ride all the way down to Argentina. The story was an…

Indiana Smith

Open air screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at the de la Warr Pavilion on the Bexhill seafront

At last I gave emerged from my cave where I have been busily pecking away at my laptop keyboard in an effort to finish the latest of a long string of archaeology-themed stories for various publications. Between my immersion in archaeology research and writing and a badly sprained right ankle, courtesy of an attempt to…

Thieves are about!

Luna Park, Sydney

Bicycle security is something I take extremely seriously so I was disconcerted the other night when our next door neighbour knocked to tell me that his shed had been broken into and his bicycle stolen. What’s more he’d heard that  other people’s sheds up the road had also been plundered within the past week and…

Chapeau!

Chapeau

Although I have scarcely touched my bicycle during the three weeks of Le Tour, I have most definitely enjoyed the riding of others and the spectacular scenery of the Alps and Pyrenees – both of which are places I aspire to ride one day. Although Chris Froome comes across as kind of a chilly persona,…

Brownie Points in Heaven?

An old airstream tralier turned hot dog stand along the Thames near the Tate gallery with the dome of St Pauls' Cathedral in the background

I am hoping I earned a few brownie points with The Man upstairs this week, when I allowed  the nice folks at St Paul’s Cathedral use one of my image, above, on their Facebook page. Unbeknownst to me it was National Hot Dog Day yesterday and my photo of this classic Airstream hot dog stand…

A Lovely Morning Ride

Hastings promenade, Hastings East Sussex England

I went for a lovely ride Saturday morning – one of the best. I didn’t go far and I didn’t go fast, but I had wonderful company in the form of my 12 year-old daughter Ella who reminded me  on Friday night that she wanted to get up bright and early in the morning and…

1066 Country Walk

Country Walk-1

In the course of my wandering around lately with a rucksack full of camera gear on my back, I’ve been reminded just how good an exercise walking is – and how different are the muscles you use.  Even in my present unfit state I can cycle quite a ways without feeling stiff the next day,…

Boats & Gulls, Hastings

gulls wheeling and screeching over newly landed fishing boats on the beach at Hastings, East Sussex

Another glimpse of Hastings on a pleasant summer’s day. High tide and the local fishing fleet is coming in to shore at the working end of the beach with their loads of cuttlefish, bound for markets in Spain and France. And with them come noisy flocks of seagulls, wheeling and screeching overhead.  I love being…