"Oh Jon, I didn't recognise you without your bicycle"
"Get a bicycle. You will
certainly not regret it, if you live"
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
I need a convenient method of transport and as 95% of my
journeys are short hops to work, shops, friends or the pub a
bicycle is perfect.
Public transport is unreliable, costly,
time-consuming and confusing. A car involves expense, traffic, parking and
I've never been tired enough to fall asleep while riding my
bike, I can't say the same about driving!
2007: The Gambia and
Senegal , 650km in 2 weeks
Cycle tour, 11,500km (7,000 miles) in 8 months
2004: The Gambia, The most
interesting 1 week of my life
2001: France tour, 2,000km (1,200 miles) in 3 months
The rest are mere trips to the shops for a pint of milk in
Around the UK
Distances are relatively short and the terrain is so
varied; Coast, hills, countryside, moor land, woods, farm,
arable, villages, towns & cities, rivers, canals - the list
History and the old way of life are ever present and still
visible today. Roman roads, castles, stately homes, battle
fields, archaeological sites.
The more I explore, the more I realise it's
to be taken for granted.
Fellow connoisseurs of good countryside, beer and food. The
Kingston CTC, Sunday bread pudding ride. Thanks John! (far
left) & Roger (next left)