Monthly Archives: August 2015

Holiday Training

Parisellas Ice Cream Parlour Conwy Wales

Just arrived back home from my training camp in Wales where I worked hard on endurance…specifically, building up a sufficient store of calories to carry me through several Paris-Brest-Paris events, a crack at the Cent Cols and probably the ride back home as well…to Australia. In the event I also acquired sufficient ballast so that…

Climbs

Spiral staircase winds its way to the top of the Eagle Tower in the 13th century Caernarfon Castle in northern Wales.

Behold the climb up St Helens Road as it appeared to me the other morning as I toiled my way upwards and homewards from my ride along the seafront. Having turned 57 the other day, and being a good stone overweight (and I flatter myself when a say a stone) after being off the bike…

Closing a Circle

Hemistour - image from National Geographic May 1973

This photo and the story that went with fired my imagination in the spring of 1973 when I came across it in the May issue of National Geographic. The story was about two young couples who were cycling the Alaska Highway, indeed planning to ride all the way down to Argentina. The story was an…

Indiana Smith

Open air screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at the de la Warr Pavilion on the Bexhill seafront

At last I gave emerged from my cave where I have been busily pecking away at my laptop keyboard in an effort to finish the latest of a long string of archaeology-themed stories for various publications. Between my immersion in archaeology research and writing and a badly sprained right ankle, courtesy of an attempt to…