Cycling the Ventura Highway in the Sunshine

Only two small hills stood between me and the flat coastal plains of southern California. I hadn't really taken any notice of where I was going and what sort of sights I might expect for the days ride. So when ...

Cycling the Big Sur Coastline

The first days of my journey from San Francisco could not be said to have been a success in many peoples eyes. But my eyes see things differently. I had mechanical problems but that thing called Karma, if you b...

Cycling San Francisco to Santa Cruz

The sun was directly overhead, my skin was burnt and my mood was low. I stuck out my thumb holding my bike beside me. I was only about 100km south of San Francisco. This is not how I pictured my ride south. My ...

PCT Day 107 Goodbye California, Hello Oregon

     2nd August 2015 Mileage 26.1 Cook and Green Pass (1677.2) to Pope Spring (1703.3) 1.30am. Bright lights woke me. Mrs Smith was busy putting the rain fly on their tent. I didn't reall...

Day 106 The Magic of the Trail

 1st August 2015 Mileage 15.1 Seiad Valley (1662.1) to Cook and Green Pass (1677.2) I was slightly more exhausted than I thought, yesterday's 30 plus mile day seemed to take it out of me. But I was moti...
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PCT Day 97 One of the best days yet

  22nd July 2015 Mileage 23.7 Bushcamp (1526.3) to Bushcamp (1550) The air smelt fresh as it does after a thunderstorm. Strawberry and cream oats were consumed with a hot coffee, as I have done for...
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PCT Day 69 The Lone Bear Cub

  24th June 2015 Mileage 21.7 Sonora Pass (1018.4) to Bushcamp (1040.1) I emerged from the comfort and security of my tent for sunrise. It was hidden in some bushes near a large valley overlooking ...
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PCT Day 44 Above 10000 feet

  owens valley lookout and cell phone reception 30th May 2015 Mileage 18.1 (29.1km) Sth Kern River (716.6) to Owens Valley Lookout (734.7) It was just before dawn when I was woken by the distant ca...
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PCT Day 43 Into the Sierras

  10am 29th May 2015 Mileage 14.2 (22.9km) Kennedy Meadows (702.4) to Sth Kern River (716.6) Last night I was asked, no, I was told that I had to join a group of hikers in the morning for the 'All ...
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PCT Day 37 Cloudforests and Rattlesnakes 

 The  23rd May 2015 Mileage 26.4 (42.5) Wildflower Camp (597.9) to Joshua Tree Camp (624.3) I woke to dense clouds and a soaking wet tent. I walked through the clouds in a good mood, much better th...