Cycling in Morocco; The Atlas Mountains By Bike

cycling the atlas mountains in morocco

A ten day bike trip cycling in Morocco

This blog post about cycling in Morocco shares the story of our ten-day bike adventure from Marrakech, across the Atlas mountains to Agadir, along the coast to Essaouira then back to Marrakech.

We traveled in autumn 2012, as far as I can remember. It was the first time I’d cycled in Africa and was to become one of my favourite bike trips.

We enjoyed wonderful hospitality, overcame mechanical failures and airline delays and survived heat stroke in the desert. An action packed cycling adventure in Morocco.

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The Dunwich Dynamo; A Night Of Beautiful Madness

end of the road at dunwich, the lost city

The Dunwich Dynamo, the dun run, the French might call it ‘the beautiful madness’. Whatever you call it, the dun-run is a whole lot of adventure packed in to a single night.

I’ve taken part in this iconic event three times; 2011, 2013 and 2014. In this article I’m sharing the account of each ride. My hope is that these short stories will inspire you to take part in the next Dun Run in 2021

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My Complete Bikepacking And Bicycle Touring Kit List

A complete guide to bikepacking and bicycle touring kit list for an epic adventure anywhere in the world

After more than a decade of blogging about adventurous journeys by bike, I’ve a thing to two to share about what constitutes a reliable bicycle touring kit list. I’ll be the first to admit that while I have a spartan attitude to what’s needed to complete a successful bike tour, there are a few essential items that can make a long term bike adventure more comfortable by orders of magnitude. In this bikepacking kit list I’ll share some of those discretionary purchases alongside the absolutely must-haves that cost little but are everyday lifesavers.

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The Best Cycle Touring Books To Inspire Your Next Journey

The five best cycle touring books for an armchair adventure 

I came to cycling literature in a back to front fashion. I’d already made a handful of adventurous journeys by bike before I’d read any of the books I’m about to recommend.

I was introduced to cycle touring my best friend, Adrian. He invited me along on a coast to coast ride – Barrow in Furness to Whitby – in 2008 and I never looked back. I guess that says something about how I learn new things and step into new realities.

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A Motorcycle Tour Of India On A Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 in Dharamshala

An all India motorcycle tour 

I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s no finer way to see the world than on two wheels. A motorcycle tour of India is one of those iconic journeys that you read about in glossy travel magazines; a hulk of a man with chiseled features and a thousand yard stare straddling a shiny metal rocket in the high mountains of Ladakh. You know the one, the guy in the Belstaff jacket casually stroking his chin to flash the Submariner.

Well, here’s the secret: you can do it too. With a little planning, a bit of common sense and a couple of grand in the bank, you too can take on an all India motorcycle trip and live to tell the tale.

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Visit The Cycle Touring Festival For Bikes, Rides And Routes

Bushcraft by bike

The Cycle Touring Festival at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe is a freewheeling fun weekend of bikes, rides and routes.

The Cycle Touring Festival is something of a homecoming. In 2015 I set off on my most recent journey. My first big solo trip: UK – Vietnam – UK.

There’s a beautiful symmetry to this year’s event since I’ll be there to give a talk about my experiences from the last two years on the road.

In fact I’ll be giving two talks; one about cycle touring in Burma, India and Nepal and the second talk titled The Consciousness Cycle, is about the life affirming effect of long distance bike travel.

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How To Donate A Bike To Charity

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Learn how to donate a bicycle to charity in Africa

Way back in 2011, Adrian and I cycled 20 countries in 100 days for Re-Cycle, the bikes to Africa charity.

In late 2012 Adrian had the pleasure of visiting the inspirational tea fuelled powerhouse that is Re-Cycle HQ over in Colchester UK. He spent the day learning how to donate a bike to charity and how you can too. What a day it was.

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India for Winter

Why I’m spending this winter in India

I’m sat here in the local all day brunch place in the centre of Stafford, making use of the free WiFi, enjoying the pleasant ambient temperature and listening to the perfectly acceptable playlist (currently beyond recognition above the half term lunch rush).

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