Category Archives: Micro Journeys

Tahakopa Valley

Going Nowhere Slowly – A Micro Journey
  • Owaka 9th April 2014
I start the day with a dutiful photo outside the The Catlins YHA. Home for the last five months.

The Catlins YHA

Over that time I’ve photographed well over thirty cyclists as they’ve passed through, now it was my turn. At last!
Catlins Lake
As usual, I’m carrying far too much food for three days. Not one to go hungry me and I might well be hauling too many clothes too!

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The Weekend

Bike rebuilt Rebuild – Part II. New tent MSR Hubba Hubba. Playtime!
I head off once more towards Bodmin Moor and Brown Willy Tor. Brown Willy being the highest point in Cornwall. The object is to cycle to the base, then hike up to the summit.
Camel Trail
As previous journeys, I descend onto the Camel Trail. This guides me the 17 miles to the base of Bodmin Moor. Continue reading

The Dartmoor Way

Dartmoor – A Micro Journey
Dartmoor is an area of moorland in the centre of Devon, England.
Protected by a National Park status, it covers 368 sq miles.  Approximately, 2.5 times larger than Bodmin Moor, my previous trip back in October 2010. Dartmoor is known for its Tors; hills topped with outcrops of granite bedrock.
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Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor – A Micro Journey
My first cycle journey will be out onto and around Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England.
The moors are literally on my doorstep, with the Camel Trail offering a relaxed start. My timing is not the best, as it’s now late October.
The temperature is dropping down to 10-12 degrees during the day and 5-7 degrees at night, not so bad. The contributing factor though is the wind chill, it does get a bit breezy around here. Going by the Met Office’s forecast, a good opportunity arises over the next few days for fair weather. We shall see!
Tent and gear have been tested, should keep me warm and dry. My toes and fingers are generally a different matter as they tend to suffer from poor circulation around these appendages. If I have it wrong, some uncomfortable nights ahead!
There might be some prolonged visits to cafes and pubs to warm up; tea or beer, not so bad! I have extensive experience with wild camping if required, and I’m not deterred by inclement weather, which is good, considering the time of the year!

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