Travel

Last day in the office

Today is the day: my final day in the office. It’s only 11am but I have already packed my remaining personal possessions into a little pile to take home and have organised for my alter-ego to be ensconced happily at my desk (though I have moved his so I can write this post and do […]

A cute mascot for my trip

I have a little mascot for my trip. Something to take pictures of in scenic or crazy settings. Something with a link to people who support me. Something to help me focus when the going gets tough. Something to remind me to Squeeze, Stretch, Trigger and Move my muscles every day; particularly when they are sore or […]

Good friends and good food

It’s not often that I chose to stay in a city when there’s countryside available. But this weekend I packed a bag and checked myself into the YHA Brisbane City. Yes, that’s right, I stayed at a backpackers in my home town; a rather random thing to do. It just made sense and turned out […]

Proposed route in Australia

The first stage of my world cycling adventure (note it’s not an “around the world cycling adventure”) will take me from Adelaide to Sydney. I live in Brisbane but have a good friend in Adelaide who I want to see before I leave so I decided to fly there to start my adventure. I also […]

The Logan River

Her murky brown waters have been a constant in my life. It’s said that her waters are infested with bull sharks and that swimming in them is just asking for trouble so I’ve never dared. But despite her colour and ill-repute, I love this lazy brown river that meanders past the places I have long […]

The colours of my world

I look up from cooking my breakfast to enjoy the sun glinting through the campground. And there it is, the most amazing display of colour as the sun lights up the roots that drape down from a Moreton Bay fig. They turn blood red against the tree’s grey trunk. It’s absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen […]

Jacobs Well

My four nights here at Jacobs Well are proving to be absolutely delightful. The caravan park is peaceful and the amenities clean. The takeaway shops are not too bad with plenty of cheap options for when I don’t feel like cooking. The bottle shop sells the delicious but expensive Swedish ciders I like to drink […]

Sugar cane country

For the next few days, I’m staying in sugar cane country. I like it down here. As a child we lived in a suburb on the other side of the Logan River and every year the cinders from the sugar cane burn off would fall into our pool like black snow flakes. Growing up, my […]

Fully loaded

I feel like I’m really doing it now.  I’m cycle touring. Sure, I don’t leave Brisbane for another 7 weeks. But I have got everything in my panniers and cycled to this week’s camp. And cycling to camp is cycle touring. So what did I learn? That the Vivente WR handles like a dream under […]

The first night as a nomad

I’m cozy in my tent as thunder rumbles in the distance and rain patters on the nylon. It’s a small but comfortable space. The tent’s interior is just 2.2m (7′ 2 1/2″) long and 80cm (2′ 7 1/2″) wide. Outside the vestible is just 70cm (2′ 3″) wide at it’s apex. By comparison, the house […]