The “Not” Trans Cambrian Way – Day Three

Warning this post really needs to be read in conjunction with day one and day 2 to make any sense!

Well that didn’t go to plan. Yep we stayed up far too late and only managed to get to bed once some of the group decided at 3am that it was a good idea to pedal down one mountain and up another to go and get a dog some water. This was a very special sheepdog meaning the addled minds of the rescue party were well up for the adventure. Should it be of any surprise that Rich and the Pirate Kate where part of this group? Probably not but it did mean we could retire to bed without the fear of recriminations.

I awoke at various points during the night and early morning leading to terrible sleep as is the way of late night drinking sessions. Some of this was worry for the rescue party and hoping to hear them come home safe. Continue reading

Great Article from Juliana Buhring: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Extreme Cyclists

Juliana has been one of these extreme cyclist for quite some time. In this article from outsideonline, Juliana talks to 6 others. It’s an eye opening and inspiring glimpse into their minds and lives.

 

Bikepacking the Camino Portugal – Day 6: Villa du Conde – Ponte de Lima – 47.5mi 2,648ft

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Evil lampposts & Beautiful Bridge

After having a shower in the run down holiday camp showers (pure luxury!) I had to find my way back to the Camino since I had veered off the route to get to the beach. It was easy to find again but me being me I almost instantly went the wrong way and headed down the coastal route instead. Once realising the error it meant a 20k backtrack to the days route. Me getting lost or going the wrong way seemed to be as common as the yellow arrows pointing the right way. Clearly I had developed the skill of not seeing yellow anymore seriously the trail couldn’t be easier to follow so please don’t think its hard, I’m just useless. Continue reading

Bikepacking the Camino Portugal – Day 5: Oliveira de Azemeis – Porto & Villa du Conde – 49.9mi 2,838ft

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Today I was focused as Porto and the beach were so close and all I wanted was swim in the sea and drink beer. Therefore I put my foot down to get there as soon as possible. Stu and Helen prior to the trip had told me about a campsite next to the beach in Villa du Conde that was to be my final destination of the day. However I don’t think I found the right one, unless a crowded rundown holiday camp was the correct place. Continue reading

Bikepacking the Camino Portugal – Day 4: Coimbra to Oliveira de Azemeis – 57.4mi 3,655ft

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Although uneventful, today had a few moments of delight with glorious views, sweeping rivers and cobbled streets. I didn’t take so many pictures although probably should have done.

About halfway today, I came across a beautiful river, amazing bridge and a large pond full of weed. On this pond an old man was piloting a large red weed remover/dredger to clear it out. It of course was a beautiful place to stop and have a break. However just before you reach this lovely spot, you cross over a main road into I guess the car park for here. On the side of the road was a tall, high-heeled lady wearing a very small red leather skirt. Continue reading

China on two wheels and through a lens. Part One.

Hello my name is Nathan, I’m 27 years old, born and raised in and around Brighton, South England! I’m a general bike lover and have a history of around ten years riding both BMX and Mountain bike. In July 2012 after completing The Trans-Mongolian railway I was inspired to move to China to teach English. After travelling for a couple of months throughout the vastness that is China I decided to settle in a city called Nanning in Guangxi Province which is located in Southern region, bordering Vietnam.

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Salsa Deadwood – Bikepacking Bike

If you are planning a bikepacking trip, this certainly looks like a bike that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it! I’d have loved to take this across portugal and for the upcoming trips over winter and next year. Head over to the bikepacking.com site to read a full review.