Thorn Sherpa – Final Build

A coach, three flights, a coach and many hours, my Thorn Sherpa arrives, along with me. Thankfully in one piece to the little town of Owaka, Catlins, New Zealand.
Arrival after 3 flights. UK to New Zealand
Some minor superficial damage to the box, apart from that, it’s all in good order. A box over a bag any day! Box vs Bag.Bike ready for rebuild
Reunited. Continue reading

Thorn Sherpa – Pre Build

After years of deliberation and countless hours on the road in the UK, New Zealand and Tasmania dreaming of a new bike-build, I settle for an English number!
I arrived back to Blighty from Tasmania in May 2013. One of my first port-of-calls was to cycle up to Bridgwater, Somerset from Poole, Dorset to test ride a Thorn bicycle. Thorn Cycles.
Thorn Cycles
WOW… look at all these fabulous bicycles. There’s a bicycle heaven, and it’s in Bridgewater of all places! Continue reading


I’ve heard many a cyclist whisper in dark corridors, that’s the first wash in a long time!
I can never fathom how you’d want to sleep while encrusted in grime and sweat. But, I suppose needs must at times!
Arundel river
So how can you stay clean while out cycle touring, wild camping and have that grime free night in your clean sleeping bag.
Ideally, setting up camp next to a water source solves all one’s problems, washing and cooking. Continue reading


Wilderness Camping

Wild camping in Australia is permitted on most free land, plus campfires are a go as well (unless signposted otherwise)
Tasmania’s pristine national parks and lush landscapes make for superb wilderness camping. But, it’s not like New Zealand, you’re going to have to share your space with wildlife in various guises.

Wild camping along the Tasman Highway. Tasmania

Biting, stinging, spitting,  jumping, sidewinding, crawling, hopping, it’s all here in abundance!
Except for a sluggish snake sidewinding out of the sea on Bruny Island, a few Jumping Jack ants and the occasional leach, I was fortunate to have a fairly tame time with the local critters!  Continue reading

Food & Cooking

I’ve been asked many a time on my cycle journeys, what do you eat, how do you cook? 
Generally, I’ll eat whatever I can get my hands on! Namely, high in protein, carbohydrates and calories (fat).
Brew and peanut butter sandwich
Proteins: are easy to find in eggs, tuna and the occasional steaks.
Carbs: comes in the form of pasta. Eaten pretty much every evening.
Calories: peanut butter, salami (contains a lot of fat), cheese and full fat yogurt.
At times acquiring plenty of calories is not so easy. Or should I say, not been able to replenish what I’ve burnt during a day is a bigger ask! Continue reading

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