Been on a cycling holiday along the length of Hadrians Wall in the north of the UK. It was a rain filled few days but still very enjoyable and coped with the rain by eating mega full englishes every day pints every evening and only a spot of cycling between. For the full low down on the trip check out Emmas full trip report.
For those of you who last saw me bearded and shaggy headed Im now clean shaven and close cropped but not gonna scare you with any pics of my ugly mug. [read more...]
Well its a new year and it seems to have kind of crept up on me without to much warning but now that its underway Im prety excited about what lies ahead.
Emma and I are in full swing of planning our holiday to Cuba for the end of February which should be very much fun. Ive got an initial route planning map here which shows where we are travelling to but Im adding and changing it every day at the moment as we figure things out. Plan is generally Havana, Vinales Valley, Trinidad, La Boca and then beach somewhere for a few days. Hopefully biking thrown in somewhere as well. [read more...]
We arrived in Havana in the early afternoon and by the time we had changed some money at the airport and shared a cab into town with a French guy we met it was around 16:00. The cab driver charged us CUC$30 which we later found should have been more like CUC$25 but no biggie. Our first night was spent with Roberti y Ladys as our original choice of Casa Mercedes couldn’t take us due to some weird security restrictions related to a religious visit taking place at a nearby cathedral. We dumped our stuff in a basic but OK room changed into shorts, sandals and t-shirts and headed out to explore what we could which gave us a mixed first impression of Havana as we headed to the Malecon and into Centro Havana rather than Havana Vieja. [read more...]
So this weekend has seen a few things going on which I thought it was worth writing a few words about. The weather has been pretty cold for starters with the most snow we have seen all winter. The snow wasn’t very heavy and didn’t stick around long but its still magical to see the garden and streets temporarily transformed.
Em and I have spent some of the weekend planning our next bike trip which is a 6 day route around Normandy in France. Its going to be a pretty much circular route starting at Dieppe heading west along the coast, back inland to follow the seine to Rouen and then north along the avenue verte to Dieppe. [read more...]
So I’ve been cycling and remembering Terrahawks a bit recently and you know what that means…I don’t have chickenpox anymore! I still have a few little scars remaining but they are gradually fading. Even so Chickenpox was not a lot of fun and Im very glad its over and done with hopefully for ever.
A few weeks back now Emma and I joined the London Critical Mass bike ride on a Friday night for a evening ride around central London. I particularly enjoyed being outside Westminster at the roundabout with cyclists circling the whole thing and the police helpfully stopping traffic for us until they got tired of the game and a paramedic car came through to break things up. [read more...]
For my birthday this year my lovely girlfriend Emma decided to arrange a trip to Italy and not just any old part of Italy but to a town called Riomaggiore think fishing boats, winding streets, focaccia bread and houses coloured by a child with a penchant for pastels. We flew to Genova and then trained our way down the coast catching glimpses of a picture perfect summers day, blue ocean, rocky inlets and a myriad of villages filled with houses piled up high like building blocks as we sped through tunnels. [read more...]
Well slack old me has not posted to my blog since way back in June and that is just disgraceful but is I hope an indication of how busy Ive been in the last 5 months or so.
From my last post I mentioned that we were looking into moving house and that is partly why posting has been delayed. It took me two months to get an internet connection in new house due to the incompetence of Tiscali. Made me realise how dependent on broadband I am. Anyways new house is lovely with some friendly housemates. We have just spend a wonderful christmas day in our new flat with Turkey, Ham, wine, cider and my awesome red Xmas jumper as shown in pics. I got and gave some awesome presents including a Joe Blow standing pump for extra awesome bike tyre pumping action, a print of london life for Emma, some nice music by Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes and an adult sized space hopper. [read more...]
So India then….Somewhere I hadn’t really thought of going to before but its warm, the food is awesome, the UK pound is still worth something, lots of tea and my work flies to Goa so I can get a discounted flight. I wasn’t really sure what else but as I researched more I realised how much there was to do in South India and what a diverse place it was. Not really surprising for a region with a history of being invaded and ruled by so many different countries over the years. – Posted by Justin
Easter weekend we caught the train to Kings Lynn and then cycled following National Cycle Route (NCR) 1 across to Wighton with a detour to Holkham Hall and Wells-Next-The-Sea for bext fish n chips. From Wighton Regional Cycle Route (RCR) 30 to Cromer. The next day we cycled down the coast again on RCR 30 to Hemsbey then followed our noses inland to Coltishall. Day three saw us return across country lanes to Kings Lynn. All up 300km or so not a bad longish ride for the first of the year and nice to stretch the legs a little beyond the daily commute. See map after the link for route details and photos. [read more...]
Emma and I cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats and this is a posting which has links to Emmas detailed day by day account, twitter posts from along the way and a few other bits and pieces. – Posted by Justin