Cycle Touring Sri Lanka. Chapter 3: The North, Jaffna to Trincomalee. The Final Leg of the Tour, The End of an Era

Sri Lanka has a history of European rule for over 500 years. The country was occupied by the Portuguese from 1505 until the Dutch intervention and the capture of Colombo in 1656, and by 1660 the entire island was subjected to Dutch rule. In 1802 the British stepped in and by 1815 had overrun the … More Cycle Touring Sri Lanka. Chapter 3: The North, Jaffna to Trincomalee. The Final Leg of the Tour, The End of an Era

Cycle Touring Sri Lanka. Chapter 2: From the Southern Sand to Hill Country Heights

Cycle touring life in Sri Lanka was good, the country and its inhabitants were relaxed and everything was stepped down a gear. We travelled light, I no longer carried my cold weather gear, stove, fuel, pans or cooking utensils, it was too hot to cook so we were at the mercy of shops, bakeries and … More Cycle Touring Sri Lanka. Chapter 2: From the Southern Sand to Hill Country Heights

Cycle Touring Sri Lanka. Chapter 1: The Anglo-Chinese Reunion, Riding South

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, was the sixth country of my cycle tour and the third country on my route whose people were subjugated to British rule during the colonial era. The country was granted independence in 1948 and remained a dominion of the Commonwealth until 1972. Sri Lanka is known as the heart of the … More Cycle Touring Sri Lanka. Chapter 1: The Anglo-Chinese Reunion, Riding South

Cycle Touring Solo. Chapter 1: Leaving Nepal, Return to India

It had been seven weeks since I was last united with my touring bike, Victouria. These seven incredible and unforgettable weeks were spent rather unexpectedly exploring, adventuring and trekking in Nepal. If you are interested and haven’t already, you can read about these adventures here. I met some great people along the way, many I … More Cycle Touring Solo. Chapter 1: Leaving Nepal, Return to India

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part II

Continued from Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I …I woke just before my alarm for a routine jaunt to the latrine and slid across the ice in my untied hiking boots and, to the amusement of two Korean women, my skin tight long john and down jacket combo. I peered around the corner to … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part II

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 6: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I

It seems almost customary to be preparing for an expedition or event of high physical exertion whilst nursing an injury. I pulled my hamstring one week before the Leicester marathon, I suffered tendon or ligament damage to my ankle one week before the Welsh 3000s and whilst enjoying “one last blow out before we turn … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 6: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I