Monthly Archives: May 2014

Adventures in Paradise – A Travel Story

Once upon a time, back in the smelly old days of whaling and clipper ships, Levuka was wickedest regarded as the wickedest port in the whole of the South Pacific. This was no mean accomplishment when you stop to think that at the time Lahaina, in Hawaii, Papeete, in Tahiti, and Nuku’alofa, in Tonga were…

Postcard from Washington DC

One of my editors at National Geographic, a guy named Marc Silver, left there recently to take up a job at National Public Radio where, among other things, he writes a blog on health matters. He too is a keen cyclist and rides his bike regularly into work, rain or shine. In a way he…

Nerve – A New Marque on the Block

Once again I must apologise for the dereliction of my blog writing duties – but oddly enough this time my dereliction had to do with trying to write from memory a particular cycling-related travel story I wanted to post. It was one about cycling in the South Seas. I made several attempts this past week…

Art Trouvé

Over the past couple of years of shooting images for this blog, I have embraced the challenge of being both photographer and subject – using self timers and remote shutter releases to allow myself time to get in the frame and be ‘the cyclist’ in the picture. I have done it so much, and so…

Dogs – Man’s Best Friend? Or, A Clockwork Lemon?

One of the pleasantest things about going out for morning rides is that even over ground you cover every day there is always something new – something to catch your eye, to puzzle, frown or marvel at, maybe make you smile, maybe make you laugh out loud. And so it was with my ride this…