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Walking, Thinking, Waiting

snails go slow
carrying your whole house on your back can really slow you down!

It’s been great to see my Dad and family in Reading over the last couple of days, the weather has been good and we’ve managed to do about 15miles of walking in the day and polish off a similar number of bottles of wine in the evenings. I’ve just heard from Joe a few hours ago, he spent the night just South of Rugby and is en route to meet me here either tonight or tomorrow morning.

I’m still having thoughts on my bike being too heavy, I keep doing a mental rummage of my panniers looking for some heavy and cumbersome ‘thneed’ (Dr. Seuss, anyone?) that I don’t really need to bring along.

The possible culprit items are (followed by my excuses for keeping them):
Binoculars: They’re really good ones, super bright 8×10 optics, I love using them to spy on wildlife and occasionally Continue reading Walking, Thinking, Waiting

Packing my touring bike – 24hs to go… [video]

What can I possibly say about the last few days?!… The last 48 hours have been spent in the vain pursuit of packing perfection – although my bike (Ramotswe; for those of you that don’t yet know) is holding everything I need in a, more or less, organised manner, she does weigh a ton. I’ve never had such a heavy bike to pedal and tomorrow I need to travel 100 miles to my dad’s house in reading! A feat I know I’ll find difficult because between uni, my old job and planning for this ride means I haven’t been able to cycle more than 40 miles a week for a very long time.

Here’s a video I put together earlier demonstrating how everything fits together. I know she looks heavy and you might think I’ve taken everything including the kitchen sink but I’m no weight weenie – I like light bikes, but I like my hammock, mask and snorkel even more, if you see what I mean?… and I’m also packing my laptop and associated electronics for the benefit of this site. So, with that defensive statement in place, I invite you to check out the video: (note: totally ripped off Ellie’s brilliant idea I’m afraid)

Aside from being a little out of shape for a 100 mile first day, and apart from harbouring a guilty consciousness about taking too many heavy luxuries on the bike, I’m really eager to get on the road and will pleased to ease myself into the simple, free and untethered life of cycle-touring again. Let the adventure begin!