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Rome: A Last Minute City Break

It turns out that there aren’t such things as last minute deals any more. Not in the way I remember, anyway. A few years back we walked into a Travel Agent a couple of weeks before we were due to go on holiday, told them our (teeny) budget and asked “where can we go”. We ended up

The Sea is Still There – Wild West Part Seven

The Pacific Coast Highway, or Highway 1, is said to be one of the best motorcycling roads in the world. The All American Road, selected as such by the US Department of Transportation, was voted as one of the ten best drives in the USA by Americans, and is one of Readers Digest’s Most Scenic

One Day in San Francisco – Wild West Part Six

San Francisco is one of those bucket list destinations that has an air of romance to it. Everyone I know wants to go – those who have been want to go back, those who haven’t want to go and see what all the fuss is about. Our Wild West motorcycle tour included a day off

We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt – Wild West Part Five

Once out of Death Valley, the hottest place on earth, we quickly headed high up into the mountains and into some very different scenery. In the morning we were below sea-level amongst salt flats and white sand, by the evening we were 8,000 feet or so in amongst trees and a whole lot cooler. We

Learning to Snowboard with Snozone

Learning to snowboard has been on my list for quite a few years now. Earlier in the year I put it on my list of Goals and Challenges for 2014 to try and make certain that I got around to it after a failed attempt when on my last ski holiday (the “learn to snowboard”

Lifedge. Go do.

It was at about mile eight or nine of the Spires and Steeples Challenge yesterday that I thought to myself: “If only I had a Lifedge phone case this time last year, I’d have lots more proof of the terrible conditions that lead me to abandon my hike half way through.” At that moment I realised that thanks

Movie Set Scenery – Wild West Part Four

One of the reasons I like to travel is to see things in real life that otherwise I could only see in pictures. Our Wild West motorcycle tour confirmed this for me: there is nothing better than seeing something that someone else once showed you in a photograph with your very own eyes. To stand

The Hottest Place on Earth – Wild West Part Three

In the same way that nothing can really prepare you for skiing in -29 degrees Celsius (which we did in Ruka, Finland), nothing can prepare you for riding a motorbike in +48 degrees Celsius. It is not simply a case of being a bit hotter than a normal summer in the UK. Think double the

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,

Some Snaps of a Quick Motorcycle Ride to France

There has been a lot in the media over the last few weeks about the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day was the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, leading

Review: Readly

Subscription services are definitely one of the biggest things right now. Think Spotify and Netflix – all the music and television box sets you could possibly want in one place, available whenever and wherever you want thanks to your smartphone or tablet. And now we have Readly – the newest subscription service – offering access to over 400 weekly and