Yorkshire 2009

My focus must now be on what I have predictably called “Yorkshire 2009” (no change of website however!). And I am making good progress already. Thanks to the National Cycle Network, my route planning is more or less done for me. This probably won’t be the case next […]

Red Letter Day

Today will go down as a milestone on my road to Puglia 2010. Many good things have happened, one an out of the blue but “why didn’t I think of that earlier?” idea that I shall come to in a few moments (the map on the left is […]

Bloody Royal Mail

No wonder they are going down the pan. My books were delivered this morning – at 8.30am. I was in, getting ready to head off to the swimming pool. The postman must have arrived, discovered that he was not able to fit the books into the small letter […]

Spinning: The report

As I twittered, I did my spinning class last night. It was good fun. And hard work. And as predicted, the instructor, a nice chap in his 50s, did camp the whole thing up to and extraordinary degree. At one point (while pedalling madly to a western style […]

Spinning and books

The gym induction went well. The council run gym at Palmer Park in Reading is OK. It doesn’t have the all singing and dancing facilities that you would find in a privately-run place (free towels, sauna, piped music in changing areas etc…) but at the end of the […]

Risk & gradients

There is a risk of this blog becoming a bit monotonous: I just went swimming again this morning but refrained from sending a Twitter message…Jon in Australia has emailed back. I had told him that I aimed to get from Reading to Berkshire in a maximum of six […]

The Wonderful World Wide Web

I got an email from a chap in Brisbane today – he is planning on doing the trip in May 2010. This is what makes the Internet such a fantastic tool! Nice of you to get in contact Jon (if you are reading this). Anybody else out there? […]

Darts Odyssey?

I spend far too much money on too many books that I never finished reading. But I bought one today that is about travelling through Italy. It’s got a naff title: “Vroom by the Sea”. I did look at cycling books but there was nothing on offer in […]

Feedback on self

Probably very immodest to say so but I do like the look of the new blog. I still get the impression I am the only person reading it however. The Twitter updates over there on the right might drag in the punters…. perhaps.The composite picture up at the […]

A few questions to ponder…

The are some questions to which I need to find a definitive answer over the course of the next few weeks. Let’s set 10th June 2009 – my 40th birthday – as my deadline. The questions are:– Do I do my cycle ride for charity?– If so, which […]

Back!

It’s been a long winter break but I am back to update my blog. Cycling to work in the cold, wet, snowy winter months, my mind went off cycling, but as the spring warms my little life in Reading, Berkshire, so the enthusiasm for cycling to southern Italy […]

700 Days

The first numerical milestone, although you could argue that 699 is more of a change. It will take about three and a half months to knock off each 100 days and I look forward to being as committed as I am now to doing the ride in the […]