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Across the small and landlocked country of Armenia in 2023.

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Glorious Greece. Perhaps I was lucky with the weather, but 5 weeks cycling here in late October and November pretty much made this one of my favourite cycling destinations. Empty roads, beautiful...

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My second visit to Albania and a short transit, this time between North Macedonia and Greece, following many of the roads I rode 6 years previously.

North Macedonia
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Second visit on two wheels to what is now officially North Macedonia. Weather was perfect for the week I was here.

Serbia and Kosovo
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From the Romanian border in the north towards Kosovo in the south.

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I rode into Romania from Hungary and exited a few weeks later to Serbia. The weather wasn't the best, but that was compensated for by some wonderful hospitality and trails through the mountains. I...

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A short and flat ride through the east of the country. Probably deserves a second visit, although nothing on the first really inspired a return.

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In 2022, en route to Turkey, I cycled through the south of Poland, criss-crossing the Slovakian border for a few days. The diversity of churches - style, construction and age, was expectantly the...

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A few days on the road here, from the border with the Czech Republic in the west, before criss-crossing the northern border with Poland and then exiting into Hungary.

Czech Republic
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Beautiful forest trails and historical towns. I spent a few weeks cycling through the Czech Republic.

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Pictures from 2008 when I rode westwards through Europe, and 2022 on my way eastwards to Turkey.

The Netherlands
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My first time cycling in The Netherlands. Just several days from The Hook of Holland-Delft-Amsterdam-Utrecht-Arnhem and onto Germany

Northern Ireland
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The rest from the island of Ireland, which was just as beautiful in places as the neighbouring republic.

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In May and June 2022 I rode clockwise around the coast of Ireland. Stunning scenery and some great hospitality.

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Gran Canaria
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La Palma
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La Gomera
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La Gomera is far less visited than neighbouring Tenerife, so I was happy to explore the quiet roads and dramatic landscapes through this little mountainous little island.

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Away from the coastal tourist resorts, I found Tenerife one of the most geographically diverse locations I've travelled to. It's also one of the most hilly!

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Spent 5 weeks touring through Scotland, as part of a longer UK tour in the summer of 2021. Aside from the ticks and midges, the latter of which I'd expected through August, I had a braw time.

Beers and booze
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Post/pre-ride replenishment. I enjoy a beer after a day on the road/trails - occasionally during it.

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Wet and wonderful Wales. At least that was the case when I first toured through in 2016. In 2021 I spent a few weeks riding here and the sun shone almost every day.

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Saudi Arabia & Bahrain
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My life in the desert.

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An album showing various gear I have used on my cycle tours.

Balkans Tour 2016
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A 3-week autumnal tour of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia. Wish I had more time - the countries deserved it!

Japan: Kyushu Tour 2004
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This was my first ever independent bicycle touring experience and one that fuelled the desire for many more two-wheeled adventures.

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One of the most peaceful,friendly and scenic countries I have toured by bicycle. A wonderful winter cycling destination. I spent two months cycling here from Dec 2015-Jan 2016. I visited again in...

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Most people don't know Somaliland exists as a country. Well that's because officially it doesn't. I spent two weeks in this self-declared independent country in the Horn of Africa and encountered...

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Beautiful, challenging, diverse, frustrating, exciting - so many words can describe the experience of cycling through Ethiopia. Never a dull moment, and rarely a peaceful one on the road!

South Sudan
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I spent just over a week in the World's newest country, having crossed the border from Uganda with the plan being to enter Ethiopia on a remote track. The Police put a stop to this and ended up...

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One of Africa's most friendly, welcoming, peaceful and also clean countries. I spent a week here in January 2014, which in hindsight wasn't long enough.

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A mountainous gem of a country to explore by bicycle - if you like mountains! I spent just over a week crossing the country from west to East in December 2013. Would love to go back for some more...

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Landlocked and mountainous, I spent a week cycling through this small and scenic country in June 2013, and several days at the start of 2015. Many roads are paved and there is very little traffic,...

Japan: Hokkaido
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I lived in Japan between 2003-2005, teaching English, which is where I first got into bike touring. Before leaving Japan I spent one month cycling around the most northern island: Hokkaido.

African bikes and bikers
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Across Africa, bicycles form an essential means of travel and the transport of goods.

South Africa
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In July 2012 my journey by bicycle through Africa came to an end. The northern and western Cape were cold, but offered some beautiful scenery as I headed south to Cape Town. In December 2013 I...

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Namibia is one of the most scenic and unique African countries. The population density is the second lowest in the World (after Mongolia). I came here for the big open spaces and beautiful desert...

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I got delayed in Zimbabwe. You'll have to read the website to find out why. When I did get back on the road I found the country a shadow of the past I'd heard about. Victoria Falls hasn't changed...

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Africa for beginners according to the tourist literature. Malawi is one of Africa's most scenic and friendly countries. Great for cycling as many of the roads are paved and there's little traffic. I...

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Portuguese speaking Mozambique remains an adventurous destination to cycle, particularly if you chose to take the small roads. November and December equal mango and cashew nut season; important...

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One of my favourite African countries, so much so that I came back to live and work here, bringing the bicycle obviously! I've cycled in various parts of the country, so the photos in this collection...

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The photos here come from 4 visits to Kenya. The first was in 2011 while I was cycling from England-South Africa. In 2015 I cycled here on two occasions and in 2016 I visited Mombasa and the...

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Wonderfully lush and green, Uganda seems like one big garden. Fresh fruit and vegetables lined the roadsides as I cycled from the south western border with Rwanda and headed north to Fort Portal,...

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If you like hills come cycle in Rwanda. There's little flat land, but it's wonderfully scenic and I wish I'd spent more time here.

Democratic Republic of Congo
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Cycling through the DRC was one big adventure! It wasn't easy, but looking back I felt more 'in Africa' during my 10 weeks here than anywhere else on the continent.

Central African Republic
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Not many people visit the Central African Republic. Land-locked and desperately poor, it's also surrounded by countries which add to the insecurity of travelling here.

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A transition from west to central Africa, Cameroon has desert in the north and tropical rain forests in the south. It's also the only other country in the World, other than Canada, which has French...

Togo & Benin
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Sandwiched between English speaking Ghana and Nigeria, I only spent several days in tiny Togo, and less than a week in almost as tiny Benin. The latter claims voodoo to be its national religion!

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Nigeria gets an awful reputation on the international front, but it's one of the most diverse and interesting countries I've cycled in.

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Ghana is a country of warm smiles and friendly people. It's probably also West Africa's most stable country to travel through.

Cote d' Ivoire
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I was lucky to cycle through the south of Cote d' Ivoire just before political elections caused havoc in the country.

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Liberia is one of Africa's poorest countries. Destroyed by civil war the country is slowing rebuilding itself. I cycled through during the rainy season (August 2010), but other than getting quite...

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My ride through Guinea was dominated by the Fouta Djalon Mountains in the north of the country. Small little-used tracks provided a challenging, but memorable ride. I continued south and crossed into...

Sierra Leone
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Sierra Leoneons are amongst the friendliest people I met in Africa. The country is slowly rebuilding itself and the roads are improving all the time.

Guinea Bissau
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Cashew-nut trees dominate Guinea Bissau. Maybe that was the influence of the Portuguese, who brought them back from Brazil and colonised the country. I spent 10 days cycling here en route to Guinea.

The Gambia
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Dubbed the smiling coast of Africa, The Gambia is Africa's smallest country. It's all flat and bisected by the River Gambia. I walked and cycled it.

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Senegal was a not-so-warm welcome to sub-Saharan Africa. I was off the bike for a number of weeks after being attacked and cut with a machete. But the journey had to go on.....

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Mauritania is almost all desert. It was a transition from arabic north Africa to rough-and-ready sub-saharan Africa.

Cycle tourers I've met
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A gallery of touring cyclists I've met on my travels, or rather cyclists whose pictures I managed to take.

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Mountains, deserts, beaches, souks - Morocco is a gem of a country to cycle through. I spent almost 3 months touring the country.

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Vines, wines, figs and a lot of history. Not many people come to cycle in Portugal. A beautiful country with a lot to offer.

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In 2009 I cycled across northern Spain, following parts of the Camino de Santiago towards Santiago de Compostela. More recently in 2022 I rode from Cadiz to Santander, following the Via de La Plata,...

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A cyclist's dream. From Brittany south to Bordeaux.

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Various items of gear and belongings I've packed away in panniers for a life on the road during my cycling adventures.

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With the bike
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When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. (~H.G. Wells). A collection of bicycle-related photos (mostly involving me!)

The Long Ride Home
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Some of my favourite photos taken during 'The Long Ride Home', a 50,000km journey from Japan-England.

Faces and people
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A collection of pictures to showcase the diversity of people on the planet. Collected from 50+ countries.

Sleeping wild
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A selection of places I've slept while touring. Not many campsites here, but some stunning, interesting and very random locations to pitch a tent!

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Always nice to come home, for a while.

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Cycling between Brussels, Gent and Bruge. Wasn't here long

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Photos from 2008, when I cycled westwards through Europe, and 2022, on my way east towards Turkey.

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The first country on my Long Ride Home journey, Korea felt like a transition between zen-calm Japan and the chaos of China. There were plenty of National Parks en route as I rode from Pusan in the...

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Cambodia is one of South East Asia's poorest countries, but it's also one of the friendliest. I crossed the border from Vietnam near the River Mekong, and headed west towards the famous temples of...

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Unless you're on part of an organised tour it's difficult to spend long in Turkmenistan. Most cyclists have a transit visa for 5-7 days, which is usually long enough to pedal across what is mostly a...

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Leaving behind the mountains of Central Asia I entered the hot low-land steppe of Uzbekistan and followed the silk route through the famous historical towns of Samarkand and Bukhara.

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A stunning ride along the Pamir Highway. Tajikistan is one of Asia's most mountainous and beautiful countries. I spent 6 weeks here, which also included exploring the Wakhan and Shokdara valleys. And...

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I entered Kyrgyzstan at the Irkeshtam border with Xinjiang China. My visa was soon to expire, but it was enough time to start on the Pamir Highway and head south into Tajikistan.

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Not many people visit Libya independently, and very few cycle through it. I was lucky enough to get a transit visa, although cycling across all that desert in 7 days wasn't possible. I made it out...

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I spent half of my time in Egypt off the bike. There was the waiting for a Libyan visa and my Mum came to see the sights with me. Highlights included a wonderful felucca trip down the Nile.

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A country of contrasts. I've visited Turkey many times, but only cycled in the east, which provides some stunning mountainous scenery.

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Away from the tourist beaches, Thailand remains an authentic destination for food and culture lovers. I cycled from the Cambodian border north to cross into Laos.

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Incredible India! Cycling here was never boring. I took a 2-day train journey south from Delhi all the way to Kerala, then pedalled back up through Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashta, Gujarat,...

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Vietnam is one of South East Asia's most diverse and populated countries. Try crossing the road in Hanoi with all those motorbikes! Wonderfully colourful, I also found it hard to escape the...

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Tunisia came as a welcome break after slogging it through Libya in record time! It's a diverse country of deserts, historic towns, and varied countryside. Probably best to avoid cycling here in the...

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Syria has fallen on hard times - such a pity for a country whose people are some of the kindest in the Muslim World. I cycled through from Turkey, en route to Jordan.

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A stunning country of mountains deserts and the lowest point on the planet. Petra will forever remain a wonderful memory.

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Big beards and big mountains; Pakistan, and more specifically the Karakoram Highway (KKH) rightly deserves its name as being one of the most interesting places to cycle.

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One of the hardest countries to get a visa for, but well worth the visit. Iranians might win an award for most hospitable of people. Swelteringly hot in summer and bitterly cold in winter, I spent 2...

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Lush Laos. A beauty to cycle through with its quiet roads, mountainous landscapes and friendly people.

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Tibet ought to be a country in its own right, and I will forever think of it as one. I was fortunate enough to be able to cycle through independently in 2006, but since 2008 the Chinese have placed...

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Sandwiched between two giants (India and China), Nepal is one of my favourite countries in Asia. The mountains get higher the further north you go, but the people remain friendly throughout.

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China is the largest country I've cycled in. It's also one of the most challenging, but rewarding places to tour. The country is rapidly changing and modernising, but with a good map it's easy to...

Big Africa Cycle favourites
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Favourites from Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal