Fill up my lungs,
From bottom to top,
Fill them up full,
That hits the spot.
I was so fortunate to encounter a mother and father who put me up in Gradac, Croatia, on the Dalmation Coast where I took this photograph. I was smelly and scruffy and apologetic. They fed me till I was full and urged me to stay with them for some days to rest. I couldn't have continued cycling at that rate anyway, with a belly full of Risotto.
It was beyond my wildest dreams -
Fed fresh squid caught that very day,
Read my book on a beach 15 metres away,
Piles of chocolate pancakes to see me through each day!
Finally wishing me luck and hugging me,
Before seeing me on my way.
1 221 hour ago
In A Lifetime
Satisfied, if the past it will not lie (then the storm, torn asunder)
The future you and I get blown away (in the storm)
Amazing ride across the Australian Alps raising funds for people living with epilepsy 💜🚵♂️⠀
When Eleanor was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 26, the family was faced with a range of challenges. Eleanor lives in remote Exmouth in WA. She is a very talented artist and works as a Park Ranger co-ordinator. One of the greatest challenges was losing her driver's licence.⠀
Her Brisbane based parents, Terry and Elaine, recently attended the Queensland Epilepsy Symposium to learn as much as possible about epilepsy and how they can help. They were inspired to do more to raise awareness and funds to help others living with epilepsy.⠀
When Terry found out one of his friends, Michael, wanted to take on a cycling challenge, he asked if he would use the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy at the same time. Michael's challenge is to pedal from Canberra to Melbourne crossing the Australian Alps - 1100km cross country and climbing some 26,000 m of elevation along the way. ⠀
Check out their amazing journey as they cycle up and down mountains, through snow and across creeks. All donations help us to provide more information and support services for Queenslanders living with epilepsy.⠀
0 145 hours ago
Life is short so buy the damn bicycle and let the adventure begin 🚲
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Had a day off in #braga so changed the very worn front brakes pads. Big climb out of Braga to Church of Santa María Madalena overlooking the city. Then down the old roman road which is in almost total ruin. And so I rode through valleys, up hills mostly and sometimes down, it was tough. I stopped to eat and dry my socks and shoes in the sun, and a lady living near by saw this. She talked to me but I thought she was saying how nice the fake grass was. She left and came back with a fresh pair of white socks, for me...and then another neighbour brought me water...beautiful moments. I pushed on, with toasty feet, and found a nice place to put the tent on a hill overlooking Amarante.
Extreme Ride4Hunger Cycle Tour 2020 Enter Now! 1000km - 6 Days Kimberley to Cape Town 7 Outreach Charity Events.
*Limited Entries Available
This Challenge is for the adventurers, humanitarians, and those who simply want to make a difference.As a team you will be required to cycle to the various destination points.At some destinations you will be staying in guesthouses/hotels/lodges.
Along the way we would like you to experience what Meals on Wheels Community Services is all about. We will be doing the following activities at the 5 chosen beneficiaries: .
- Distributing Care Packages for the Elderly
- Distributing warm cooked meals
- Delivering Food Parcels
- Distributing stationary packs (TBC)
Lunch time views looking over to Huascarán the highest peak in Peru. Standing at 22,505 ft (6768m) tall it is the highest tropical peak in the world. The summit being the place on earth with the lowest gravitational force. If you climb it you may find you shed some pounds/newtons. You won't shed kilos however because they are a unit of mass and independent of gravity 🤓 A slug is the 🇺🇸 unit of mass 🙃🤔🐓
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Starting my year long bikepacking cycling journey from Sydney all the way back to London. Currently in riding through Malaysia. Follow along, share the journey and hit me up if you wanna go rubber side down on any part of the route! •
The winter was yet to start but this section was covered in dense fog. Locals were warming themselves around bonfire. Samosas and jeri with warm tea were best breakfast combo for this weather. It was almost 10 when the sun rays finally embraced the terrain.
It was noon when I reached Ghorahi bazar. I had to fix my bike before climbing for Rolpa as it was already 3 spokes short. I hunted for a repair shop. It was only after awhile when I found one but the absence of the mechanic left me on vain. Searching for the parts, I started to quick fix it myself and the final touch up was done by the shop owner.
After one more round of snacks, I headed towards north. Stopped at Lakhan chowk to see a crowd gathered around a fence. There was a passive snake on the sidewalk and the gossip was that the snake was there since few days. The locals were feeding milk and worshiping it. Probably nobody knew why it was there but they had just created one more god out of it.
This section of the road was under construction. Mud, dust and the smell of burning asphalt was highlights of the day. In addition the weather was gloomy throughout the day. Despite all those, there were some drunkards lying on the road, some also had bottles popping out from their bags. What a love for alcohol!
The Sella Ronda Bike Day!
One of the world’s great rides and this closed-road edition coincides with our Caesar tour in June. Super stoked that we’ll have an extra night in the Dolomites to be a part of this amazing event. 🏔
1 2116 hours ago
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I absolutely LOVE having a fully-sealed gear system, which is impervious to the mud, grit, dust, snow and sand that I plow through. 🤘🏼 Even in horrific conditions my bike requires almost zero maintenance and few replacement parts too. The gearbox hides all the usual delicate drivetrain components out of harm's way, and with the wide hub flanges, my rear wheel is built stronger than a cassette wheel too. I’ve just published an epic video explaining the top-secret Shimano 13-speed gearbox project, hit that bio link! 👀
26 1,57617 November, 2019
I know this looks picture-perfect, but I’m actually having a TERRIBLE time. That’s because I hate cobblestones! 😡 They may look smooth from a distance but these are super aggressive to ride on. Too slow, and you get swallowed up by the cracks (losing all momentum), too fast, and your teeth rattle out! The only other country with cobblestones this bad is Ecuador. 💣
27 1,09112 November, 2019
It’s surprisingly hard to find a tranquil place to camp in Central America! If you’re not woken by roosters or dogs, it’s a motorbike with holes in its muffler. Alegria Lake was different though; I fell asleep with water splashing around me... and woke 11 hours later. I think I needed that! 🤗
31 2,14910 November, 2019
Laguna de Alegria is a volcanic lake in the centre of an active crater. With gas seeping into the lake via a network of vents, the water has been made very acidic, which results in the strong greenish colour you see. Most crater lakes are found along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean, but you can see a handful in Europe and Africa too. I’ve been visiting these green lakes since Argentina... and my last one will be all the way up in Alaska! 🌋
11 1,40710 November, 2019
Welcome to El Salvador! 🇸🇻 A few observations if I may:
1. There are lots of guns! Mostly in the arms of security guards or military personal. It’s very much like the armed security culture of the Phillipines, and similarly, it doesn’t feel unsafe at all.
2. It’s common for people to skilfully carry things on their heads - I haven’t seen this in any other Central American country yet.
3. Gold teeth. It feels as if I’m back in Central Asia as lots of faces are full of gleaming metallic smiles.
4. Everybody has a relative in the USA, and there are lots of American flags, USA t-shirts and rumbling v8 cars about.
5. Endless high walls and barbed fences surrounding property. This is a carry-over from the 12-year civil war which finished in 1992, killing 75,000 Salvadorians.
6. Pupusas are the snack of choice! These grilled corn breads are stuffed with beans/veg (or cheese) and are such a great cyclist’s snack. They’re always available fresh if you’ve got five minutes too.
41 1,5859 November, 2019
I’ve been in the game a while, but I STILL make mistakes! The other day I ran out of water thanks to the culmination of multiple factors. I didn’t anticipate the especially hot conditions, there was no shade, long sandy tracks, lots of rough terrain and hike-a-bike. Luckily, I know when to turn around, so instead of completing a big mission over the top of this volcano, I left everything behind and went on foot. You’ll see how insane the crater is in my next film! 🎞