Journal

Sunrise – Uluru

Rainbow over Uluru

It was raining this morning at Uluru and the sunrise looked as though it would be a washout, until the above scene splashed into view – a double rainbow just as the dawns first rays touched the 500 million year-old rock face of Uluru. I’d never seen a rainbow over the rock before, although I…

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…

Stretching

Gumby-1

I may not have have been doing much in the way of cycling these past few months but one thing I have been getting back to is stretching, an important facet of just about any sporting endeavour. I have been doing about half an hour a day, four or five days a week and am…

Escapism

Cannes

The past few weeks I have been getting up almost monastically early – 3:30am – and instead of setting out the door into the cold and dark and on my bicycle I have been opening my laptop, brewing up a pot of my favourite Ethiopian coffee and disappearing into the French Riviera of the 1920s…

Lazarus

Country churchayard, Hollington, Sussex

I managed to find my way back to my blog this afternoon for the first time in about three weeks, something probably few other people are troubling themselves to do after such a lengthy period of neglect. There have been several reasons for this chief among them being the fact that I have scarcely touched…

Je Suis Charlie

Like every other decent person in the world I was appalled to learn of the terrorist attack today on the offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo which left twelve people dead.   Although I had not intended to write a post today, and although this blog is ostensibly about cycling, not politics or…