Portsmouth > Ouistreham > Gacé Gacé > Roëze-sur-Sarthe (near Le Mans) Roëze-sur-Sarthe > Tours 3 days, and around 300km in. I wouldn’t exactly say ‘so far, so good’ but I can’t really complain as I brought it all on myself! Although I’d originally planned to cycle down through the UK, when I unexpectedly obtained Eurovision […]Read more "Days 1-3. Portsmouth to Tours"
“Just GO GO GO, don’t stop – and hit it with your paddle if you have to”. This was recently shouted to my friend Nems and I on a canal in London, and was a surprisingly effective way to bring out a speed and confidence in paddling that we never knew we possessed. The ‘it’ […]Read more "Wildlife on the Waterways"
Not long now until Winona and I head off to catch the ferry, and it’s safe to say that I’m definitely not where I want to be training-wise. I had a horrible virus-y cold which took me out of any exercise for 2 weekends, and I’ve only been back in the game properly for the past week. I took some consolation […]Read more "One month to go…"
Philosophised centuries Before Christ, the Chinese were not to know that by 2016, the ‘step’ referred to in their ancient proverb would rarely be physical, and more often than not involve Google Maps. Planning Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing a bit of planning, and turned my attention to navigation. Considering that […]Read more "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
I intended this blog to be about The Cycle, which it will be again soon, but first if you’ll permit it, I’m going to take a short detour to write about a trip I took last week to Calais – no bikes involved. And really, even if you won’t permit it, it’s my blog anyway […]Read more "Calais – an improbable destination for annual leave"
‘A story has a beginning, a middle and an end,’ said every English teacher ever. Which is good advice -unless the story has two beginnings, as this one does. Beginning # 1, a.k.a The False Start The first beginning of this story occurred in late 2013. My then employer M&S announced their participation in ‘Cycle […]Read more "The Beginning(s)"