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What Makes You Feel Alive? Hiking Kinder Scout

The lovely Challenge Sophie recently asked me a very simple question. “What makes you feel alive?” Very simple because we all intuitively know the answer to that question. It’s an easy one. It’s those things we do that make us excited, make us smile, make us satisfied, make us feel good. It may or may not be something we do

Fat Boys and Softails – Wild West Part Two

We never talked about doing this trip in a car; the plan was always to ride. It’s the old clichés – riding a motorbike provides a sense of freedom, the wind in the face, a feeling of being at one with the road. There is a huge difference in the things you can experience when

Up for the Big Blog Exchange 2014

Life is all about the journey. The challenge is to make the most of each day, to spend time learning, experiencing and trying. It’s for this reason that I have entered the Big Blog Exchange again this year, to hopefully open the door to one amazing adventure in November. Hostelling International are once again giving 16 passionate bloggers the

Going Guided – Wild West Part One

I don’t remember when I started dreaming about this trip. It feels like forever. LincsGeek and I have certainly been talking about it for several years, perhaps many years. We wanted to explore the United States on motorbikes, see for ourselves some of the places we’ve heard about, get away from it all and enjoy something

What is Adventure?

I love to read about people’s adventures. Learning about the exciting things that other people are getting up to makes me smile – it helps me to understand even more than life is all about the journey and that life can be fun and exciting. I read lots of adventure-focussed blogs, follow adventurers on twitter,

Race for Life and my new Brooks Trainers

On Sunday I joined with thousands of other women from the area to take part in the Lincoln Race for Life at the Showground. I’d signed up earlier in the year to take part in the 10km fundraising event to do my bit for Cancer Research UK and also to encourage myself to go out

Review: SIGG VIVA

A little while ago now SIGG changed me. Just a little bit. By introducing me to their “Ditch the Plastic” campaign they encouraged me to stop buying single-use plastic bottles of water in favour of carrying around one of their reusable aluminium bottles. Such a simple thing but something that makes an actual difference to

A Sensible Bucket List Item: Grow Your Own

Bucket list items don’t have to be adrenaline fuelled. Sometimes they can be totally sensible.   One such thing on my list is “grow and eat my own vegetables”. You know, plant something, grow it, harvest it, eat it.  I’ve always thought growing your own veg to be a skill that should be known by everyone. If there was

Photographs from a Lover of Mini-Adventures

I can’t get enough mini-adventures. I absolutely love having the opportunity to try something new, achieve something, do something a bit different. Don’t get me wrong; I adore big adventures too – but generally speaking my adventures tend to be quite small in nature, at least in duration. They are one-off experiences that give me a chance to try something new, achieve something,

Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime

How do you prepare for the trip of a lifetime? I may well have mentioned previously that I am very nearly (seven weeks seven weeks seven weeks) about to embark on my trip of a lifetime. Something I have been dreaming about for years and years. I am incredibly excited about it. It’s been booked for well over a

Everyday Shoes from Outdoor Brands

I love being outdoors and know for sure that when you’re enjoying the countryside what you need is something decent on your feet to make getting around nice and comfortable. I lean towards decent outdoors footwear brands such as Merrell, KEEN, The North Face and Salomon (to name just a few – I’m not fussy

Review: Dare 2B Transpose Cycling Jacket from Go Outdoors

The Dare 2b Transpose is a lightweight cycling jacket made from a waterproof and breathable material designed to keep you dry when it’s wet and comfortable when you start to warm up. I was offered one by Go Outdoors to try out on my commute to work. The jacket is made from Ared 5000 which

The Graham Homes Memorial Motorcycle Ride

Unless you are very new to Splodz Blogz you will know all about the Graham Homes Memorial Ride. I didn’t post much about on it here because I set up a special blog to document the challenge properly, but I realise that it has been remiss of me not to share any of my thoughts

Some Goals and Challenges for 2014

Now that 2014 is well under way I thought it was about time that I gave some real thought to what my goals for the year should be. The reason I am doing this now is because I have been incredibly inspired by a few people I follow on twitter. Inspired to consider what my

Head Up Display for Motorcyclists from Skully

Motorcyclists! How often have you been on a journey and got lost? Come off the motorway at the wrong junction? Watched your mate take a turning you didn’t think was right? For those of us without a TomTom Rider or similar already, here’s a new idea from Skully – a helmet with a brand new