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And Now Comes the Bit Where We Cycle Across New Zealand

It has been five weeks since we last did a day of cycling - our longest break by a factor of about five - but tomorrow we set off once more. We've enjoyed a lovely rest with my brother and sister-in-law in Melbourne. Staying in the same place and sleeping in the same bed has been bliss. Not having to find a place to sleep each night, pitch-and-strike our tent, inflate and deflate our mattresses. Cooking din ...

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Kangaroos, Koalas and The Giant Lobster: Photos from Australia

Without further ado, our photographs from cycling across Australia. Or, at least, a little bit of it. Vineyards were a big feature. As were an excellent array of animal-based warning signs. The Wall of Shoes. Spotting this koala genuinely made my day, if not month. We sat and watched it for about 20 minutes. And lots of long, quiet stretches. The Big Lobster. Australians like their 'Big' things. That's all ...

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34% of All Cycle Tourers Use Internal Hub Gears

We surveyed 194 long distance cyclists to find out how popular internal (hub) gears are. Between them, the cyclists have completed 137 bicycle tours of 10,000km (6,000 miles) or more. Here are the results... Internal Hub Gears vs External Gears 46 out of the 137 journeys were completed using internal hub gears, 91 with traditional external gears. That's 34% hub, 66% external. Gears % No. Internal (hub) 34% ...

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Tribute to the Greatest Character Actor of His Generation

*WARNING: This article has absolutely nothing to do with adventure, expeditions or cycling around the world. It's just me abusing the position of my blog on my birthday.* I like films. I have a specific, evolving list of my Top Six Films with which I frequently bore anyone unfortunate enough enquire . My Top Six Actors list, however, contains just three words and only one person: Philip. Seymour. Hoffman. D ...

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What are the Ocean’s Seven?

I just watched a documentary about Steve Redmond completing the Ocean's Seven and thought it was about time I talked about them on my blog... The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. The Ocean's Seven is a similar list and challenge for long distance swimmers rather than mountaineers: a collection of open water swims across seven channels/straits around the world. They ar ...

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Book Review: The Road Headed West by Leon McCarron

These days, Leon McCarron is a fully fledged, full time adventurer with a National Geographic TV series to his name and several big expeditions under his belt. However, in his new book - The Road Headed West - we meet a wonderfully inexperienced young Irishman setting out from New York on a woefully overloaded bicycle and trailer in search of adventure. And adventure he finds. The book opens with Leon cycli ...

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Comparison of Base Layer Materials

Base layer materials explained, compared and reviewed. Synthetic Base Layers | Merino Wool | Bamboo | Cotton 'Base layer' is the name given to an item of clothing worn next to the skin during sport or activity. A variety of materials are used for such garments, each with different pros and cons. Below I have set out to review the basic advantages and disadvantages of the key materials and compare which is b ...

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Our Best Photos from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia

South East Asia provided bountiful opportunities for good photographs: rich colours, interesting people and fantastic wild life. Here are a collection of our favourites from the months that we spent cycling through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. You can browse all of them on Flickr. Boarding one of the many ferries in the Mekong Delta. Fresh coconuts: a cheap, delicious source of electrolytes. A ...

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Solo travels as a woman in Africa and Asia: interview with Helen Lloyd

This interview is part of a series in which we interview certain people featured on the database of long distance cycle journeys (LDCJ), which records individual bicycle trips over 10,000km in length. For more details, click here. Helen Lloyd spent a couple of years cycling through Africa, tracing the west coast before heading through countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.  As a solo female, th ...

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10 Reasons Not to Grow an Expedition Beard

The last time I shaved was this time last year, shortly before setting off on my bike to cycle around the world. I now have a large, surprisingly ginger beard on my face. Frankly, I would not recommend it. Here are my top ten reasons why... 10 Reasons Not to Grow an Expedition Beard 1. It is impossible to imbibe soups, drink yoghurts or slurp milk without leaving a layer in your moustache. 2. People in the ...

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See our footage of cycling through South East Asia

Our latest video: Cycling South East Asia. In this episode: Thai police posing for a photo with us. A grinning Bhuddist monk host. Me sleeping in a bike shop. Sketchy wooden bridges. Laura covered in flies. Lots of wet weather. You can see all of our videos on YouTube (there's seven of them now but they're only about 60-seconds or so each). Click here to watch video on YouTube ...

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The Highs & Lows of Cycling from England to Australia

One year ago today, Laura and I wheeled our bikes nervously to Hampton Court Palace in matching JDRF charity t-shirts to be waved off by friends and family at the start line of what we hoped would be a journey to Australia. Last Friday, after 363 days and 9,698 miles, we rounded the corner onto the Melbourne Esplanade to be waved in by my brother and sister-in-law having pedalled across Europe, the Middle E ...

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