Category: Pushbike Diaries

I’ve concluded that had it not been Learning German with Christoph Waltz it’d have been something else. That subconsciously I needed a way to avoid over-thinking and over planning my Big Ride. I needed a side obsession that was complex enough to keep me engaged but ultimately unimportant. Something to fill my idle mental time with because otherwise I’d

Forget about the damned motor car and build cities for lovers and friends – Lewis Mumford In January 2011 I gave this 15-minute presentation to the Australian Cycling Conference in Adelaide, South Australia. My talk, as you’ll see, was based on the paper I wrote while completing my Masters of Letters in US Studies at

I’ve been feeling a bit weird. I wonder if I miss the me that I was when, in my marriage, I had a sort of blind certainty about the future. Having, now, to work at it every day — the making of my future — where today is the foundation for tomorrow — is both

I was watching Death in Paradise last night and found myself thinking “I bet he’s Welsh”- the main actor guy, Ben Miller – as lately I’ve noticed that many sort-of everyday-handsome men are Welsh. (As opposed to Hollywood-handsome, model-handsome.) And sure enough, his mother is Welsh. I’m definitely going to include Wales in my Big Ride.

I’ve been thinking that I may start my Big Ride in Italy and that if I have the money I could start with a week-long language course. It depends on when I get started and if it’s in time for the Giro d’Italia, where the better weather is, etc. This year the Giro is 9

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. (Helen Keller as quoted in Two Wheels) I’ve finished reading Travelling Two’s free short

Thinking about taking this trip is a good reason to just not buy stuff. I’m a little intimidated by the need to get rid of, or store, all the stuff I do have. I need to allow the pleasure of the passion for the idea of the trip to bubble along beneath the surface but

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