Cycle Touring India. Chapter 5: Half a Pint of Lager & a Ride to Rishikesh

By mid-November the daylight hours were diminishing, this meant that I would be setting the alarm before sunrise. We routinely roused in the early, dark hours, though to a morning lark such as yours truely, this meant that I had the pleasure of watching the colours change as the sun peeked over the horizon. We … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 5: Half a Pint of Lager & a Ride to Rishikesh

Cycle Touring Central Asia: A Day in the Life of…

Jacob and I started our cycle tour from Osh, Kyrgyzstan on August 10th 2018. Cycling through Kyrgyzstan we were merely cycle touring amateurs and were finding our feet in the world of long distance cycle touring. Before we could adopt a routine we were crossing the border into China, both enduring a period of ill … More Cycle Touring Central Asia: A Day in the Life of…

Cycle Touring India. Chapter 4: Shimla

Shimla, the capital of the north Indian state Himachal Pradesh is situated atop a ridge at 2,276 metres above sea level. During the time of the British Raj, news of the somewhat “English weather” had spread, popularity increased as Officials and their families temporarily relocated to escape the stifling heat of the Indian plains during … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 4: Shimla

Cycle Touring India. Chapter 3: The Ride to Shimla & A Woods Philosophy

Those who know me well are aware of my deep passion for mountains. Whilst perched high up in Shimla of the Himalayan foothills, the capital of the Himachal Pradesh state, I contemplated this notion as I sat gazing out at the distant, majestic, snow peaked summits of the Himalayan range proper. The seed of this … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 3: The Ride to Shimla & A Woods Philosophy

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 10: The Final Leg of the Karakoram Highway & The Fairy Meadows

Our bones and joints reverberated as a result of the rugged roads of the Deosai National Park, but as a releif, we were back cycling along the asphalt comfort of the Karamoram Highway, but only for a short time. We were making our way south, further from the relative safety of Gilgit-Baltistan, and ever closer … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 10: The Final Leg of the Karakoram Highway & The Fairy Meadows

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 9: The Skardu Dairy Milk Massacre & Returning to the Karakoram Highway

Jacob, I and our trusty touring bikes had been put through our paces, we were in dire need of rest, relaxation, recuperation and a wash. Skardu provided the perfect opportunity to achieve this with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, shops and even a bakery that emanated the sweet scents of freshly baked goods, situated … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 9: The Skardu Dairy Milk Massacre & Returning to the Karakoram Highway

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 6: Homage to The Naan Man & Rama Valley

During the 18 month’s leading to our departure date, with the exception of an occasional pizza base, I had almost eradicated bread and other flour based products from my diet. Throughout many central Asian countries, bread in some form is often the staple of the local diet. The glazed flat bread of Kyrgyzstan was often … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 6: Homage to The Naan Man & Rama Valley