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Home, Sweet Home

Last Sunday Laura and I rolled back into Hampton Court where we had left from 16 months earlier. We were greeted by a wonderful crowd of friends and family waving us in. It has been a long and wonderful journey with far too many sentiments to fit into a blog post, let alone a sentence. But we remain very thankful to all of our sponsors, to the many, many people who helped us along the way and to all of you ...

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Home Today: Come wave us in!

We are home today: Sunday, December 14th. Our trip will finish at Hampton Court Palace and this is an open invitation for you to come down and help us celebrate the end of our journey (and all the smug Facebook updates about it). Where? The Lion's Gate, Hampton Court Palace (next to the Kings Arms on the map below). After posing for photos, we will move to the Kings Arms or, if it's too busy, The Mute Swan ...

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It’s All About the Bike (because it’s all about the people)

The kid leaned over, gave me a hug and told me he liked me. 'You should never leave'. Before you suspect a scandal at Next Challenge HQ, my new friend was ten. His ardour was no doubt inspired by the fact that I'd lent him by head torch: if only picking up admirers was always that easy. Seconds later, his mother appeared and told us dinner was ready, so we trooped in for another family meal. We had met his ...

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Last 20 copies of my book available before Christmas

I have about 20 copies of my book - How To Get To The North Pole (and other iconic adventures) - still available. I think they could make a good Christmas present... If you want to order one, I'll sign it and happily add a personal message if desired. I'm home on December 14th and will put these in the post the day after, Monday 15th, well ahead of the Christmas post deadlines. Their RRP is £13 but I sell t ...

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15 Gift Ideas for the Adventurer in Your Life

Christmas is coming and it's time to drain the bank account in pursuit of the annual present binge. If you have an adventurer type in your life, we have compiled a list of niche kit that we love - or would love to have - to help give you a bit of inspiration. If you're going to buy anything off this list, we would be very grateful if you used the actual links below. They're affiliate links. They cost you no ...

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Comparison of Mid Layers (insulating jackets)

This article explains the various different types of insulating mid-layer jackets (like down, primaloft and Buffalo), compares the advantages and disadvantages of each, and offers some recommendations. I wrote the first version of this piece in 2012 and have just given it a complete overhaul in light of the popularity of my other comparison articles such as base layers, camping mats and bivy bags (see the c ...

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Perhaps in a Year

When I wake in two months' time, it will be in a room, not a tent. It will not take me a minute to work out what country I am in. I know the answer even now. It will be England. I will not be camped in a roadside picnic area, petrol station forecourt or someone's back yard. I will be in a bedroom. My belongings will fill cupboards and drawers across several rooms, perhaps even several buildings. They will n ...

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Why we love the desert

We both have a deep and abiding love of desert regions. There's something about the harshness, the solitude, the quiet and the feeling of being in an endless, timeless land. They seem empty, until you realise the life scurrying about you, like you, fighting to survive. We've walked across deserts in Oman and Patagonia and cycled across deserts in the Middle East, India and the USA. Over the last few weeks, ...

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The things we’ll miss about our cycling adventure

We recently wrote about some things we've missed about home since we've been away. The first comment we received was from Dorothee Fleck, veteran long distance cyclist, who warned us not to be too anxious to get home. She pointed out that, once home, she missed things about being on the road far more. This got me thinking. As we enter our last month of cycling before we  fly home, a feeling of panic occasio ...

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5 Things We Miss About Home

We've now been away for well over a year. Life on the road is generally pretty sweet and we love the freedom from responsibility it affords. However, there are one or two things we're looking forward to getting back to in a few weeks' time. In no particular order, here are the things we miss most about home. What I miss most about home - Laura 1. Washing machine, regular access to Most of the time, we end u ...

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Our Video from Cycling Across Australia and New Zealand

Here's the latest video from our trip and the second to last of the lot. It's from our ride through southern Australia and New Zealand's North Island. It's only about 60 seconds long so take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noIkUn2f3UU You can see all of our videos from our round-the-world cycle and past adventures on YouTube. Round-the-World Cycling Videos We filmed this video whilst cycling around ...

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Photos of Middle Earth

Here are some of our favourite photos from cycling across New Zealand's North Island. New Zealand is a beautiful place... As well as the nice views, it has some interesting Maori history... They've got some great cycle routes, including old converted railway lines and the government is planning a path running the length of both islands. There are wonderful places for wild swimming too (in hot water!)... ... ...

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