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Cycling Around the World – Part Two

Open publication – Free publishing – More gallery Cycling Around the World – Part Two Gallery Magazine Guernsey, Issue 14 We’re on pages 46 and 47. Thanks to our pal Mimi Bishop for putting together this tasty spread for the 14th Issue of Gallery Magazine Guernsey. Click the interactive publication above and have a read. [...]

Eating a Spider

Delicious Tarantula Crunchy and slightly prawnish, a bit like a hairy land crab. What else is there to say? Central Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Sword in the Stone

Bathing: mud and sun stylie The 12th of January marks our 18th month away. It started early, our neighbour the cockrel started his cock-a-do-dul-do kareoke at around 3.30, as his had done every ‘morning’ since we arrived in the relaxed beach town on Mui Ne. The sun has had his hat on too since we [...]

No ‘b’ in adventure

Bánh Mary, Bánh mì and an entire bánh family enjoying their bánh mìs on one scooter. Rated as number five in National Geographic’s top ten cycle routes of the world, Vietnam’s AH1 highway connects Hanoi, the capital city in the north, with Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon, about 1800 kms further south. Plagued by [...]

Bia Hoi

Two of your finest ice cold Vietnamese Bia Hoi’s please Squire, I’ll take one glass half full and one half empty thanks. The latter, brewed with outrageously dangerous driving, distilled with hoteliers who have an apparent loathing for all tourists and kegged with the ‘liberation’ of our cash, is a hard one to swallow. Being [...]

Phở Ho Ho Chi Minh, Merry Christmas!

Celebrating a traditional Vietnamese Christmas in Hue. Merry Christmas everyone! (Except the cyclo rider who nicked £50 out of my pocket when we were walking home last night.)

The Etiquette of Soul Theft

Sat on a tiny wooden stool, barely held together by it’s own splinters. A key-cutter some how avoids being hit by one of the infinite scooters and motorbikes that whizz past him all day. Eyes intensely staring into oblivion. A stare only possible if you’re guzzling a drink. Dry lips connect to a can of [...]

Old Speckled Hen and Remembrance

Brown paper bag please. That’s what I needed as we rode perilously into the night. My throat tightened, my loud raspy breathing echoed in my ears, fear soaked my t-shirt and salted my fleece. So this is Panic when it greets me. Hello old friend, long time no see. Anyone who has ever heard the [...]

Stir-Fried Nerves

Ingredients: The nerves of two cyclists preferably one male and one female 1 x Huge country with an amazingly varied landscape. Now you might be able to find one in your local delicatessen or ask your friendly local butcher. As many kilometres of unbelievably bad, crumbling roads that barely scratch the sides of the cliff [...]

Cycling Central Asia – The Film

Sweaty, itchy beards. Pounding 45°C desert heat. Lung-implodingly high mountain passes. Cows in lime-green Ladas. More friendly kids than an extremely enthusiastic baseball coach could high-five in the busiest of baseball seasons, and so much more vodka than even the most serious Russian alcoholic could ever dream of consuming. Months of adventure whittled down to [...]

Khorog, Tajikistan – A Short Film

Khorog, Tajikistan Once upon a time a few months ago… Here’s five minutes of footage we filmed during our two days of confinement to our hostel in Khorog. It was quite unnerving re-watching and listening to all the recordings… I’m not sure ‘enjoy’ is the right word, but have a watch when you’ve got time. [...]

Electric blankets, cold tablets and truck loads of Monks

Let’s start with the Tibetan monks shall we? There we were, up in the Grasslands, or should I say Snowlands, between Gansu and Sichuan provinces soaking up the vast landscapes, warmth of the afternoon sunshine and getting our first whiff of Tibetan life when we were overtaken by a procession of perhaps 15 cars filled [...]

3274 kms Later….

It’s sunday morning, I’ve made us breakfast in bed and the smell of coffee fills our compact room in Lanzhou. Sounds from the alley come in through the window, I’ve heard drums and cymbals this morning and I imagined a huge dragon dancing to the rhythms, sellers shout their wares with sunday lethargy and try [...]

Flying along the G30

Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fifteen days from the Kazakh/ China border and we’re now about six hundred kilometres from Lanzhou, our first major goal in China, marking the completion of the first two thousand three hundred of the six thousand kilometres that we need to cover in order to cross this epic country. This first [...]

“I would do anything to come with you”

Synchronized dancing at playtime. Mary slurpin’ up some noodle soup. Curly roof details. 15,800kms down the line and we’ve made it from Guernsey (or at least Saint Malo) to China! It’s 8.30am and we’re sat in our room at a hostel in Urumqi, a huge and surprisingly cosmopolitan city isolated like an island in the [...]