Monthly Archives: August 2011

The London send-off

Yes yes, in response to repeated requests (and nagging), there will be a London leaving party. Or, at least, I will be drinking pints at Frank’s (that amazing rooftop bar in Peckham) from about 7pm on Sunday (the 4th), as I pass through on my way south. Frank’s is a pop-up bar on top of […]

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The eleventh hour

I’m not counting the days exactly, but there are only about two left. The rest of today, all of Tuesday, all of Wednesday, and then I leave first thing on Thursday morning. But I’m not feeling all nervous and tragic about it. Oh no. I’m still caught up in the To Do lists. For me, […]

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Missing in London

Today witnessed my brief, unscheduled and unwilling return to London, and a reminder of South Asia’s gargantuan and occasionally absurd bureaucracy. I applied for my Pakistan visa right at the last minute. This was partly down to personal disorganization and laziness, but also partly because visas are only valid for six months after they’ve been […]

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Return to Glaslyn

Once upon a time, many years ago, when I was eight, my father and I went on an adventure to Glaslyn, a mountain lake about 20 miles from our house. He rode his 1987 Muddy Fox; I rode a tiny pink step-through, with a miniature rack-pack and a Sturmey Archer three-speed hub, of which I […]

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Goodbye London

Two good pieces of advice I received when I attended Explore at the RGS last year: NOBODY is ever completely prepared when they leave on an expedition; there is ALWAYS more that can be done but one could go on preparing for ever!! (Hallam Murray) Set a date, tell everyone that’s when you’re leaving, and […]

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Don’t read this

You’re not going to get anything interesting from me till I’m actually on the road, unless you’re interested in endless photos of my To Do list and the small handfuls of nuts and bolts and miscellaneous screws I’ve started picking up from bike shop floors. Pre-trip life is tedious. I’m couchsurfing my way through my […]

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This is why

I’m getting used to answering all the repetitive questions people ask when they find out I’m planning to cycle round the world. It’s not all that different from the questions people ask about being a cycle courier. But the one I still have trouble with is ‘why?‘ It’s just too big. There are lots of […]

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About a bike (III)

Ryan announced last Friday afternoon that he was going back to Canada on Monday, and wouldn’t get back to London till after I leave – so suddenly we had a deadline! This means I didn’t get a chance to lovingly photograph and document every step of the building process, for which the non-bike people among […]

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