Question time!

Ahem. I’m getting a little behind with my one-post-per-day project, so this one’s an unashamed filler.

My dear friend Farzana reckons I should start answering questions from my readers, and has set the ball rolling by asking me how long it takes to pitch my tent every night.

About two minutes, I’d guess, but I’ll get someone to time me properly when I’m reunited with my stuff next week. It’s the kind of simple, repetitive action that you get good at very quickly. Taking it down in the morning, when it’s covered in frost and ice, is another matter. I can still do it in two minutes, but during that time my hands lose all the toasty warmth left over from my sleeping bag, and turn into blocks of ice, that will sting excruciatingly when the wind hits them.

So – is there anything you’ve been dying to ask? Constructive questions about the logistics of cycle touring? Or just idle curiosity about how often I wash my socks? Leave me a comment, and I’ll answer it with a blog post as soon as I can.

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  1. Daniel Sandström
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    « In praise of wild camping

    Have you slept under the stars yet?
    Just finding a spot for the sleeping mat and sack, do some stargazing while listening to the sound of nature..

    Tip. do it. :)

  2. Sam
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I just have to ask, did you actually go past the Buzludzha monument? I need photographic proof.


  3. Cudzoziemiec
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Ok, first a question from my son:
    Do your socks smell of cheese?
    He’s told me to write “yum yum, cheese” after that. :-)

    And from me:
    1) What do you normally make for breakfast, and do you make it before or after taking your tent down?
    2) Do you always pack each item in the same place, or is your packing free-form?
    3) Is there any item you’re now wishing you hadn’t brought with you, or anything you think would have been really useful but you left behind?
    4) Thinking about your last few posts, are you actually finding that people become more welcoming to strangers as you travel further east, or is that just a cliche?

  4. Posted December 22, 2011 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Do you hand wash your socks and unders (and are they wool) and how long does it take them to dry?

  5. sam ellis
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Do you ever feel you are travelling too fast?