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 Solo. Chapter 2: The Wonderful Spontaneity of Cycle Touring. An Unexpected Invitation to Bloombuds School and Boarding House

Finding solace in a country as large as India should be straight forward, until you realise that 1.3 billion people, which is almost twice the population of Europe, are squeezed into a country one third it’s size. I was cycle touring solo for just over a week and the lack of solitude was slowly wearing … More Cycle Touring Solo. Chapter 2: The Wonderful Spontaneity of Cycle Touring. An Unexpected Invitation to Bloombuds School and Boarding House

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 4: The End of the Fellowship & Thorong La Pass

In two senses, the apogee of the Annapurna Circuit is crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metres. Not only is it the highest point in terms of altitude, it is also the resulting sense of achievement of crossing one of the world’s highest mountain passes. To succeed will most likely depend upon the preceding days … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 4: The End of the Fellowship & Thorong La Pass

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 3: A Solitary Ascent to Tilicho Lake

Those who have read previous blogs may have noticed a common thread that is woven throughout and one that clearly defines my fervent passion, mountains and everything associated with mountains, be it rock climbing, scrambling, snowboarding, winter mountaineering, camping, hiking and trekking. Mountains are mighty, magnificent and mystical. Mountains emanate a potent lure to many. … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 3: A Solitary Ascent to Tilicho Lake