Monthly Archives: October 2012

Company and change and challenges

To my great excitement, and mild trepidation, two friends have flown out from London, to join me on the road for the first half of Japan. As well as their bikes and themselves, they brought a large bottle of gin, a coffee grinder and an aeropress, so the Chappell Happiness Index is at an all-time […]

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On holiday

Project Moderation ended up being a roaring success. (Though I am uncomfortably aware that the only way I could finally manage to achieve moderation was by turning it into something I could win at. Never mind.) The past few hundred miles have been a joyful and glorious exercise in pleasing myself. Here’s how I did […]

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Taking it easy

I learned an important lesson this week: moderation. As you might have noticed, it’s not one of my strong points. I’ll either be riding 100 miles a day to beat a visa deadline (and feeling like a superhero), or sitting around in comfy expat enclaves (Islamabad, Hong Kong) for weeks on end, doing nothing (and […]

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Any other business

Life’s looking pretty exciting these days. In about a week, I’ll be flying (ahem) back to Hong Kong, because the Royal Geographical Society want me to talk about cycling round the world (or at least across Asia). If you happen to be in Hong Kong at the time, do come and say hello, or drop […]

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