Monthly Archives: November 2012

Not the end of the world

Back in June, when I was battling against the Taklamakan headwind between Kashgar and Aksu, I passed a Japanese cyclist called Shamoto, who was on his way to Kyrgyzstan. We spent a couple of minutes taking photographs and exchanging email addresses, and then he continued on his way west, and I carried on east. Last […]

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Disclaimer

I’m going to stop playing it cool, and admit that I am somewhat overwhelmed by this week’s award. Excited and proud too, but mostly overwhelmed. I feel like I’ve given myself a lot to live up to. And it’s brought on a bad case of writer’s block, since I can no longer pretend that this […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

I woke up to good news yesterday morning. I think this picture is worth all the thousands of words I’ve written in the past year, and the thousands that are yet to come. Thank you to everyone who’s helped make this possible. I don’t know where I’d be without all the help and support and […]

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Operation Puncture

About five years ago, I got my first road bike, and couldn’t figure out how to change gear. I actually thought the bike was broken, so took it into Brixton Cycles, where Lincoln patiently explained how to use integrated shifters. (To his credit, he managed to keep a straight face.) A couple of weeks later […]

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At home in Tokyo

I reached Tokyo a few days ago, and just as happened when I arrived in Hong Kong, I was slapped in the face by a tidal wave of homesickness and nostalgia. Japan is not the slick agglomeration of plastic and neon that stereotype had led me to believe – in fact, parts of it feel […]

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