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Gibraltar to London

Gibraltar to London Day 2: Almargen to Bujalance

Distance: 87 miles

Total Distance: 162 miles

 

I slept like a baby. In fact I slept so well I only had to press snooze three or four times before rolling out of my sleeping bag. The best thing about cowboy camping is that you can be up and on your way within ten minutes of waking. I set off just before sunrise, enjoying the cool morning while it lasted. Although I had my lights on, I had to ride at a slower pace than normal as the road here was a minefield of hidden potholes.

I rode into the village of Almargen, where I filled up on water and waited until it was light enough to see without lights. I had been hoping to find somewhere to buy a coffee, but being a Sunday everything was closed. I’d made the difficult decision to go stoveless for the duration of the journey, mainly to save time and weight, but also to save myself any food-based decision-making as it meant I could eat exactly the same meals for three weeks straight. In general this was not a problem for me, although the one thing I did crave was a morning coffee. Alas, my caffeine fix would have to wait. Read more

Gibraltar to London

Gibraltar to London Day 1: Gibraltar to Almargen

This blog post is the first of many documenting my 1200-mile bikepacking trip from Gibraltar to London in August 2017. Throughout my journey I was too exhausted/lazy to document anything so I’m doing this now retroactively, several weeks too late. I’ll be posting these bi-weekly over the next few weeks, so enjoy!

 

Distance: 75 miles

Total Distance: 75 miles

 

It has begun! Read more

Gibraltar to London

1200 Miles from Gibraltar to London by Bike

It has been ten months since I walked from Mexico to Canada.

Since then I have embarked upon a number of smaller adventures with varying degrees of success, including a failed attempt to climb Trolltunga, an almost-failed attempt to cycle to Paris and a terrifying – yet successful – tour of Mont Blanc. That said, I don’t consider not reaching the destination to be a failure. Attempting something and not succeeding is better than not trying at all.

And now I have conceived another adventure. Possibly more ambitious. Certainly more arduous. Read more

London to Paris - Newhaven

A Frantic 200-Mile Journey from London to Paris

Just over a week ago I set out to make the most of a long Bank Holiday weekend by cycling 200-miles from London to Paris. I wanted to show that anyone can have an adventure without much cost, fitness or time.

This is how it went. Read more

London to Paris

London to Paris by Bike: A Three Day Microadventure

It’s been four months since my last adventure.

It was a year ago – almost to the day – that I was standing at the Mexican border ready to walk the 2650 miles north to Canada. Since then I’ve had a few small trips, but with the combination of winter laziness, absence of money and work-based fatigue it’s all gone a bit downhill. The start of 2018 has featured a real absence of adventure, and I’m going through the usual withdrawal symptoms.

Time to do something about it. Read more