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A Girls Own Adventure

My recent cycling trip to Sri Lanka was peppered with ‘firsts’.  It was the first time I had planned an independent road-bike trip outside of Europe, it was also the first time that I hadn’t booked accommodation in advance, and the first time I…

Street-view Sri Lanka – a cycle tour

I have been to Sri Lanka twice before, once on a minibus and beach holiday, and once on an organised bike tour.  So why a third time? The reason is a tad on the nerdy side.  Sri Lanka happens to be one of the…

Chasing the sun; a winter cycle tour

I promised myself that every couple of months I would get out of London and go somewhere different.  It didn’t really matter where, Timbuktu or Bognor Regis, just a change of scene. I didn’t make it as far as Bognor Regis, but decided on…

Seven Days in Provence

When I lived on the Island of Bali, we used to regularly witness a phenomenon locally known as ‘Bali Magic’; the unsuspecting tourist would arrive on the Island, and its irresistible lure would make such an impression on them, that life-changing decisions would be…

An Adventure Bike tour of South London

A friend of mine recently returned from an epic adventure, cycling alone from Amritsar, via the Hill Stations of North India, to Kathmandu, and having returned home to no job, I invited her on a mid-week adventure road-bike ride.  I wrongly assumed she would…

A Pilgrims Tale

This is the story of the Bella Velo Cycling Clubs summer trip to the sea. It was a road ride full of unforeseen adventures that pushed us all to various limits. We conquered extreme heat, punctures, thigh-burning hills, came close to mutiny and possibly…

Up the Ravensbourne

….and down the Darent.  That was the plan.  As part of my scheme to ride to the source of all the rivers entering the Thames along its passage through London, I thought I would start at Deptford and finish at Dartford; going up one…

Last Chance Saloon

I awoke from a terrible nights sleep due to eating a huge portion of pasta the previous evening, and the women in the room upstairs going to the loo at least 3 times.  I couldn’t decide between Col de Madeleine (with a train ride)…