At the end of June I'll be riding around the British Isles on a folding bicycle, climbing the highest peak in each of the six major regions (want to know more? Check out this page!)
From this week onwards I'll be starting to update my website with progress (or lack of it) as I get ready for this fun summer adventure right here in the UK and Ireland!
You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and also via my Punkt interactive map - this will be where I post most of the photos and videos as I go, so check it out. Click on the map above to access the Punkt content.
Finally, if you'd like to meet me at any point along the way to climb a Peak or ride a few miles (or bring me presents) send me a message here!
Let's be frank - good travel writing can change your life.
There's no end to online lists and discussion about what may be the best travel book ever, but this blog post is not intending to wade into that arena. Reading (and talking and thinking about) good travel writing is one of my favourite pastimes.
Some of these works have changed the way I think about the world, others have sent me across the globe. Least Heat Moon inspired me to cycle across America with the warning-come-promise to "be careful going in search of adventure - it's ridiculously easy to find." (2010.)
Rory Stewart convinced me that walking a long way was a jolly good idea when he described how he had "...been walking one afternoon in Scotland and thought: Why don't I just keep going? There was a magic in leaving a line of footprints stretching across Asia" (2011.)
Thesiger sent me to the Empty Quarter in search of "peace in the hardship of desert travel, and the company of desert peoples." (2012.)
I quietly fear what the inevitable impact of Ernest Shackleton's epic tale will be...
The power of words should not be underestimated! Below, in no particular order, are my five favourite (or five of my favourite ) travel books.
Have you read them? What would you put on your list?
1- South - Ernest Shackleton (currently free on Kindle)
2- Arabian Sands - Wilfred Thesiger
3- Blue Highways - William Least Heat Moon
4- A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby
5 - The Places Inbetween - Rory Stewart
Here's a quick sneak peak at some montage footage from my New York to Hong Kong cycling adventure last year. I cut it over a weekend in the summer to have something to show at my talks about the journey.
I still (shamefully!) haven't properly watched through the majority of my footage yet as I jumped headfirst into the Walking Home From Mongolia expedition, but I'm looking forward to working with it in the summer of 2012 when I get back to the UK.
This clip is extremely low-res as I'm uploading it from a hotel room in China and is a combination of footage from my secondary handlebar-mounted camera, and two or three brief clips from my primary. The real thing will all be HD!
Hope you enjoy, please do let me know what you think