Dancing with the river people

It’s November 2013.  After a night of listening to the rain on the fly of my tent, I walk down to the water’s edge to see a new river. Yesterday’s cheerful riffles are swollen and turgid and about as welcoming as cold porridge. Continue reading

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Talking about riding

I’m giving a talk about my fundraising ride here in Nelson. Cycling talk

Details below:

Wednesday 16 September at 6.00 pm,

Elma Turner Library Activities Room

Please come a little early as the main library doors close at 6.00 pm.

You are invited to stay for a cuppa afterwards.

A koha will contribute to the fundraising

Any queries please email me

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After the big ride – and before the next one…

I’ve been home in New Zealand for about six weeks now – slowly getting back in to my work as a freelance photographer and writer, spending time with friends and colleagues, remembering how lucky I am to live in Nelson, New Zealand. I’ve been for a few bike rides, hikes, runs and swims.

Mount Arthur - Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur – Kahurangi National Park

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The North Sea Cycle Route touring info #1 – maps, ferries, trains, buses and planes.

This post category is written as information for anyone else thinking of riding the North Sea Cycle Route from Den Haag to Bergen. It is written for people who, like me, have limited experience of cycle touring, map reading and digital navigation! Continue reading

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The cycling lady (of a certain age) and her touring gear

I’ve drooled over lots of bike blogs, many of which are written by inspiring people much younger than myself who head off to ride from one end of America to the other with just a toothbrush and a head cam for company. But as a middle-aged-lady-person I felt I needed the luxury of things like clean knickers Continue reading

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Nelson Airport

Nelson Airport

It’s winter in New Zealand. Dark at 5pm, heavy morning frost on the windows of the cars parked in my street, bright sunshine at midday and warm enough to sit outside in the sun until the afternoon shadows swallow the house and the dog burrows under his blanket, hiding from the night. Continue reading

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The end of the road

I’m writing this from the comfort of my parents home in Surrey. The hills of Norway are not a distant memory yet, my knees are still tight and my bike gear is strewn all over the floor of my room, but I’m back on home ground Continue reading

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Over the top

I packed my rain soaked tent down under a heavy sky and set off from the campsite in my wet weather gear. First stop was to buy food for the day in Flekkefjord before heading in to the hills. But as I rode in to the deserted town I remembered Continue reading

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Gold in these hills

It’s amazing what multiple servings of cake can do for a person. The Hope family, who I stayed with near Kristiansand, fed me cake at every opportunity, Continue reading

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Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

So imagine you and your bike (fully laden, 30kg or so) are whizzing through forestry roads. There are beautiful little pools and lakes, sweet smelling pine and birch trees. Its quiet, no one around. Continue reading

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