Tag Archive | Ramblings

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 […]


I am sitting in my office on a Saturday morning catching up on work I’ve missed the past few weeks. I am content with life. I’m listening an American country music radio station on my computer and about to start working through my list of things to do. My office is littered with bits and […]

Frequently asked questions

As I start this unconventional journey as an itinerant adventurer, I thought I’d start a Frequently Asked Questions page to answer the questions that I have started to hear and also the questions I always ponder when I read about other itinerant adventurers’ lives. If you have a question you would like answered, just post […]

Towards tomorrow

I lay on the picnic table looking up at the gum trees. Kookooburras laugh and the wind rushes through the leaves. I feel a sense of calm fill my soul. A knowledge that I am on the right path. A certainty that I have made the right decisions. This is where I belong. Out in […]

Getting back into life at home

I’ve been back from Kenya for a few days now. It’s been so hectic that I’ve barely had a chance to do any exercise, let alone feel any jet lag. Here’s how my return to Kenya has looked (note, I’m not complaining – I just can’t believe how much I’ve achieved this week so soon […]

Christmas parties and riding

Partying with Margaret the scary doll, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. I was supposed fly to Tasmania today. I am meant to be at a friend’s place tonight catching up and preparing to ride the Tasmanian Trail. I was going to spend the next three weeks sleeping in a tent. But, with my MTB […]

Update on Tasmanian Trail trip

With just over a week until I was meant to be traveling to Tasmania to cycle the Tasmanian Trail, I still haven’t heard back about the fate of my mountain bike frame. Rather than try to salvage a trip, I have decided to just forfeit the $100 and frequent flyer points I used to pay […]

5,000 miles this year

5,000 miles this year

Wow! If someone told me on 1 January that I would cycle over 5,000 miles this year, I would have quoted the famous line from that great Australian movie The Castle: “Tell ’em they’re dreamin’”. But here I am with just under three weeks left in 2013 and I have passed that seemingly magical figure. […]

With disappointment comes opportunity

On the Great North Walk, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It is unlikely that the damage to my mountain bike frame will be accepted as a warranty replacement. And it’s also unlikely that the matter will be resolved before I board a plane for Tasmania on Christmas Day. But with disappointment comes opportunity. So […]