Month: March 2019

FUNDRAISING AND FUTURE PLANS ANNOUNCEMENT

FUNDRAISING AND FUTURE PLANS ANNOUNCEMENT

I left the British Army in 2018 after spending 8 years as an Infantry Officer. After leaving the military, I was eager to do something different to getting an office job. Rather than going straight back into employment, I took my savings and decided to travel the world by bicycle.

That is why I want to set myself a bigger and much more epic challenge that helps a community I feel passionately about.

My aim is to cycle from the top to the bottom of the Americas and raise £17,000 for Walking with the Wounded – a charity that supports wounded and vulnerable military veterans. Continue reading →

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Northern Vietnam towards the Laos Border

Northern Vietnam towards the Laos Border

Day 164: Van Phu to Duong Hue

19 Feb 2019

Another morning packing our panniers and getting onto the road at around 0900. As we left the hotel, we were surprised when we were charged 150,000 Dong, rather than the 180,000 Dong we were quoted yesterday. That makes our hotel room the grand cost of £5. Not too shabby. I slept long and hard, much needed as I acclimatise to the warmer weather.

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Leaving Hanoi by bicycle

Leaving Hanoi by bicycle

Day 163: Hanoi to Van Phu

18 Feb 2019

Our afternoon cycling was one of the best we have experienced so far on our cycle tour. But first, we had to endure cycling out of Hanoi. As we left the hotel, we passed on some of the items we had decided to get rid of in an effort to alleviate our weight. The lady working at the reception was very grateful to receive some of our things.

Despite it being unsurprisingly busy as we left the city centre, we thoroughly enjoyed cycling out of the Old Quarter. Our route took us along some streets we hadn’t visited on foot, and I just loved seeing all of the amazingly colourful and vibrant flowers for sale. Not just the bright, multicoloured blooms in the shops, but also the blossoming plants sold by the Vietnamese women on scooters or bicycles, the back of their two-wheeled bike full to bursting with joyful, beautiful flowers.

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Rest days in Hanoi

Rest days in Hanoi

Days 159 -162 (!): 4  greedy rest days in vibrant Hanoi

14 – 17 Feb 2019

Where to start?! Hanoi stole our hearts (and our stomachs!) so we decided to take 4 whole juicy days off in this amazing city. We rarely take that many days off in a row but thought that this place justifiably deserved it. As our hotel was situated in the Old Quarter, we were positioned perfectly to soak up the dynamic atmosphere. 

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Filming Gear for a Bike Tour – 2019

In 2019, filming a bike tour is never been more popular and the kit and equipment needed to do it has never been more accessible. There are a number of cycle tourists making some amazing videos that inspire us to get out and spend more time on the road. One of the easiest observations to make is that every cycle tourist has a different setup. This post is going to go into detail about my current setup for my tour in 2019.  

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The Road to Hanoi

The Road to Hanoi

Day 157: Đình Lập to Luc Nam

12 Feb 2019

I had set my alarm for 0545, much earlier than normal as we had said the previous evening we wanted to have an earlier start as we were planning to do a 100+km days cycle. As I switched off the alarm, I was surprised to hear loud happy hardcore music coming from the surrounding streets. Weird for that time of day! Thankfully we had slept through it. As usual, we didn’t rush; I made myself a coffee using the stove on the balcony outside and sipped it in bed whilst reading the news on my phone. Once we were packed and ready, we enjoyed the most delicious Vietnamese noodle soup in the hotel restaurant. The dish is known as Pho Ga. Rich, chicken broth with flat noodles, fresh strips of succulent chicken (and no bones! Hurrah!) and the dish is served with a bowl of salad leaves and herbs to share and add into your meal. We decided unanimously that this was the most delicious bowl of noodle soup I think we’ve had on the entire trip so far. Outstanding.

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