UK to Cape Town – The Long Bike Ride

In 2013, I started thinking of doing a much longer ride. The catalyst to this was threefold. One, the major one. I split up with my long time girlfriend. Two, a promotion I was due to receive at work seemed to evaporate, mainly as a result of one. My ex and I worked at the same company. And finally Three, I’d read lots of books on touring and doing big trips, these really interested me. And so, finally in May 2014, I took off on a Long Bike Ride.

To see the start of the tour – Scroll to the bottom of the page.

Thank You

Thank You

Thank You, Merci Beacoup, Gracias, Shukran, Jeri Jef, Tana Te, Abaraka, Nawari, Asante Sana, Ke a leboga, Ngiyabonga, Ndiyabulela After ...
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Stripping down the bike in Cape Town for the flight home

Good Bye Africa

My remaining time in Cape Town being a tourist, just like many others before me and also meeting other tourists ...
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This is taking a while - Time for a brew!

The Argus Cape Town Cycle Tour

Malawi, Nkhata Bay and I was talking to Dominicue, a very affable friendly fellow travelling with his family though Africa ...
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Sunset in Gordon's Bay - Wild fire improved the colours!

Cape Town Here I Am

Its been almost nine and a half months, but finally Cape Town, here I am! When I set off from ...
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Hot Chillee Cape Rouleur Car #3 ready to go..

Hot Chillee Cape Rouleur

During my travels and cycle tour along the Garden Route, taking in the scenery and beauty of South Africa I ...
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Catching baitfish in Struisbaai harbour

Not Far Now

Not Far Now and the weather has been very good to me. Most of the time I do not suffer bad ...
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I am the ....

The Garden Route

Kenton on Sea was a lovely place but merely a taster as I entered the Garden Route, an area in ...
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Visa

Visas on Tour

Visas on Tour What a right pain in the butt they can be! It was a subject I found very ...
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Dolphins swimming along Sea View Coast

Dolphins swimming along Sea View Coast Kim my warm warm shower host knocked on my door to see the large ...
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Kenton-On-Sea - view along from the beach

Tapering or Just Going Slow

My slower rate of journey continued in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. With Cape Town in sight I'm not ...
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Sea at last - Port Alfred, South Africa

I See the Sea – Bloemfontein to Port Alfred

I See the Sea – Bloemfontein to Port Alfred Cycling to Bloemfontein was relatively easy and straight forward, rolling along ...
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Decisions Which Route – Cycling South Africa

Decisions Which Route - Cycling South Africa After recovering from my bout of Tick Bite Fever whilst I stayed with ...
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Mandela Statue in Pretoria

Johannesburg for Christmas

Cycling into Johannesburg for Christmas No one told me Johannesburg is so hilly. Starting several miles out the hills start, ...
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South Africa – Here I Come – Oh don’t Forget Botswana

The last two weeks have whizzed by since leaving Jollyboys backpackers in Livingstone, Zambia. I’ve ridden just under 900 miles ...
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All Good Things Must End onto the Next – Lusaka to Livingstone

Finishing off my relaxing time in Lusaka, lazily doing not a lot, riding into town meeting Dave Conroy for another ...
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Zambia – Lusaka and a relaxing time fishing

Really, that many?  Time has flown since departing the UK. I have now cycled in 13 different countries, 1 British ...
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Buildings In Amongst The Rocks

Goodbye Arusha – Heading South In Tanzania

Staying at The Greenhouse in Arusha, I'd intended to stay one night, that became three after suffering from a stomach ...
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Out of Africa – I mean Kenya and into Tanzania

After resting for a few days in Karen it was time to hit the road again. Staying at Jungle Junction ...
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Baby Elephant

Mt. Kenya and Karen

My first week in East Africa now completed, and I found circumnavigating Mt. Kenya quite an experience, crossing the equator ...
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Bamako BMX

Bamako BMX Fun and Skills

Bamako BMX Fun and Skills This child shows his Bamako BMX fun and skills during my time in in Bamako, ...
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Nairobi, Kenya!

After an enjoyable relaxing week at my warmshowers host Giel (pronounced heel) and Wies (pronounced Vees) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, ...
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Mali and Burkina Faso – The unexpected countries

Two countries I didn't envisage seeing when I set out from the UK was Mali and Burkina Faso. Like nearly ...
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Route Change

On 22nd September the route I'm taking should change significantly. Months before I left the UK and not long after ...
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Back into Senegal and into Welcoming Mali

After riding through most of The Gambia, I thought there wouldn't be that much more to see in this small ...
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The Gambia & Jole Rider Visit

While staying with Cherno and the cycling club, we were able to catch up on some things like washing clothes, ...
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The road to Dakar and The Gambia

After a lovely week resting at 7 Palava, it was time to get going again. Another cyclist from Belgium Wouter ...
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Resting In Senegal

After spending over two months on the road to reach Senegal, I thought it maybe time to allow myself a ...
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Goodbye Mauritania – Hello St Louis – Senegal

If I were to be asked to sum up Mauritania in five words from my experience up to Nouakchott they ...
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Wild Warthogs on the way to Diama

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The Sahara & Mauritania

Riding into the Sahara during summer isn't something most cycle tourists do, most go through either before or after (I'd ...
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Essaouira and entering the Sahara

The Youth Hostel Cloud 9 I stayed in (yes I know I'm not a youth, oldies are allowed as well!) ...
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Workaway Rabat and Onwards

The workaway week in Rabat with Ana and Salah at their school near the Barakas in Rabat was an experience ...
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Morocco

Ive arrived in Morocco, exciting, a new country and a continent I have never been to before, Africa. Its a ...
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Birthday on the road to Morocco

14th June, my Birthday. Woke up on the beach at Calarbardina the night after Spain got beaten in their world ...
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Its getting Hot!

Normally, I don't do hot weather, however throwing myself into a warmer climate and adding on top cycling, I'm surprising ...
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Au Revoir France – Hola Spain

The last week saw me spending my last few days in France, leaving the Workaway placement in Olargues and arriving ...
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Spanish Cycling

Saw this guy on the way to Viladamat, his road awareness skills could do with a little polishing maybe ...
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Workaway Week – Olargues

The last week I have been on a Workaway placement in Olargues in Southern France. Workaway I came across the ...
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Stopping Late – Canal Boats and Olargues

Cycling along the Garrone Canal from La Reole was a pleasant experience, the weather in the most part was fantastic, ...
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Not much time…

Not had time to update with a post yet but the track my tour page and Instagram photos are being ...
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Off to a Sunny Start

Please forgive any unusual spellings or what appear to be mistakes, I am writing this on a French keyboard in ...
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Goodbye Ride & Drinks – 4th May 2014

4th May 2014 The Ride Goodbye Ride & Drinks - What to wear, this time of year is always difficult, ...
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The Bike

What do you do and where do you start about getting a bike that would be suitable for a long ...
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