Cycling across Asia – The Plan

Touring bike in front of mountains.

I’m glad I came home before the full force of winter really hit! It was a difficult decision to come home over winter. I tossed and turned in my tent at night for months and I wrestled over it during long days in the saddle. Even at home I have struggled with the feeling of […]

A BIG Surprise!

Cycling away from home on bike touring adventure with friends

Just two weeks today and I fly back to Tbilisi, pick up my bike, and begin cycling around the world again. But, I’ve got a little (big) surprise… I’m not going alone!   I am going to be joined indefinitely by my adventurous university friend, ‘Big Sus’, who has the requisite adventurous attitude, level of […]

What happens after travelling? Challenges coming home.

Plane taking off to come home after travelling

  Coming home after travelling As I sat on the plane a map caught my eye; England was just falling off the edge, hardly visible, but in the centre, a flashing dot marked my current position. It had taken me 5 months to cycle here, but in 8 hours I would be back where I […]

“Now for the easy part!”

That moment in which I close my door, and begin to cycle away from the town that has, for 22 years been my home, preparing not to return until I have reached Australia is a thought which has mesmerised me and left me fascinated. Every time I have been out on my bike, my imagination […]

Why I’ll never be ready to cycle around the world.

Look at the picture… standing there, imposing, intimidating, unflinching, never the same for longer than a second, watching over me, ever ticking. One day soon it will show 0:00:00. I will be heading into the unknown, wondering what lies ahead… have I done enough to make it to Australia? Am I ready? Have I got […]

When I stand in Sydney

This post is heavily based on the assumption I will reach Sydney; without such a belief, I probably wouldn’t. As William Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right.” For most people, arriving in Sydney marks the end of a long journey: a chance to finally stretch the legs […]

What is failure?

‘I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.’ – Michael Jordan ‘Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits, who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that […]

“How can you afford to cycle around the world?!”

A while ago I wrote about the 7 most common reactions you get when you tell someone you’re cycling around the world. One of those mentioned is that people view money as a huge barrier to such an adventure. I’ve regularly been asked how I can afford it, and it’s a question frequently loaded with […]

I’m terrified – What scares me the most?

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” – Nelson Mandela. When I tell people about the cycle, they often tell me how ‘brave’ I am. By brave, they seem to imagine I’m not scared or nervous; that’s not true, and in fact, if I was, I would […]