May 13, 2020

In the wild Andes of Southwest Colombia the stone shamans of San Augustin stared maniacally back at me with wide coca-induced eyes and toothy grins punctuated by jaguar fangs. 

My local guide, Oscar Gomez, explained the human-sized monoliths were carved between the...

September 16, 2019

Day 4 Killkee to Lahinch (99km)

Shipwrecks seemed an appropriate theme for another feisty day along the Atlantic coast in County Clare as we tumbled out of our overnight pub accommodation for the 4th day of  a trip to cycle the entire length of Ireland along its majesti...

September 15, 2019

Day 3: Killarney to Killkee (119.5km)

On really tough long days of cycling, as this was, the 3rd day of my attempt to cycle end-to-end Ireland along the Mizmal, logic can sometimes become a little scrambled as looking for psychological shortcuts that overtake sound reas...

September 13, 2019

Day 1: Mizen Head to Glengarrif (60km)

Just so we are clear here, over the next 12 days I'll be cycling nowhere near the Irish backstop. Instead, the backroads of Western Ireland in a 12 day end-to-end cycle of around 750km from Mizen Head - a gorgeous heather and gorse...

November 1, 2018

On a continent where women are the backbone of African society yet receive little recognition or representation the Gerewol festival in Chad offers a unique role reversal in the process of matchmaking as the men parade in beauty contests and are selected by the women....

March 8, 2018

It's all glamour this travel writing malarkey. I'm frittering away time at Cairns domestic airport en route to frittering away even more time at Melbourne Airport before a 23 hour flight back to London via the shiny malls of Dubai Airport reassured in the knowledge I c...

December 29, 2017

My first writing assignment for 2018 will be a short trip to the West African state of Liberia in early January. You may have heard of it recently making news with the election of George Weah, once a global soccer star, as Liberia’s new president. But mostly the only s...

October 1, 2017

I’ve just returned from 16 incredible days at sea traversing part of the Canadian Nunavut Arctic to sail down the North West Passage. Back on terrae firma I am sure the horizon is still lilting from Port to starboard and back. The Internet’s availability was as caprici...

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About It starts with Bus #173 

This is my occasional blog focusing on my travels abroad and at home in Dartmoor. All my journeys, whether it’s a 4-day schlepp to Pitcairn Island or a 3-week boat journey across Micronesia, begin with the local country bus #173 from my home in Chagford to Exeter, where I take the train or bus to London.

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