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ROADTRIPS

Our Dorset Trip

Our Dorset Trip

We visited Dorset in July 2021 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!

Heading to Tofino

Heading to Tofino

Taking the Tsawwassen ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and then driving over the mountains to Tofino and nearby Ucluelet

Tofino and Surroundings

Tofino and Surroundings

The area around Tofino is rich in First Nation sites, endless beaches, and deep rainforest that has been remarkable protected despite the incursions of the timber industry.

Vancouver

Vancouver

A port city on the Pacific Ocean famous for its cosmopolitanism and cuisine

MY E-BIKE BLOG

The listings below contains blog updates on my initiation into cycling and the stages of my e-bike journey.

My e-bike journey begins

My e-bike journey begins. 61st birthday. Down to the allotment. Nothing can go wrong,.

On A Serious Note

Despite growing public concern, carbon emissions continue to rise. My book on Sustainable Transitions in Energy reflects the need to go electric.

The Travel Bug

I have worked as an energy journalist all my life. The Covid-19 bug may have squelched my travel plans, but it helped make up my mind to go electric

My first E-bike

Buying my first electric bike

Latest Updates

Knock-On Effects

Most of the time, people ignore my efforts, especially family. I don't think this is an unusual situation, and it is one that I have become quite used to; nowadays I actually quite enjoy being an unseen and unsung force for the common good, whether it's doing the...

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Packing Plans

6th: I have been trying to think through what one would need to make a journey of two months by bike. Obviously the amount of clothing would depend on the season; a change of underwear, a warm sleeping bag, pillow, some form of mat to lay on, and a tent or hammock...

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Route planning

5th: I have been making plans for my first road trips. Claudio Magris’ Danubio and Defoe’s A Journey through the Whole Island of Great Britain have somehow caught my imagination. The trip along the Danube would be around 2,500 km (1,800 miles) and assuming that I...

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Back in Blighty

3rd: Back to UK. For some reason, I arrive in the UK with the soundtrack from the Beatles song Back in the USSR ringing in my ears. The ferry journey has been unusually pleasant, with fewer than usual passengers, most of those on the boat being truck drivers from all...

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Driving Back

We drive back via Rouen, stopping on the way at Monet’s garden at Giverny, and then reaching our gite at St Martin de S. at around 7 pm. It has been a long day’s driving, and the glass of Estabel red wine tastes particularly delicious as the sun goes down. The car is...

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The Road Less Travelled

31st: Trip down to Gourgas with Luke. Luke is up for the round trip to St Etienne de Gourgas, but at Grandpa’s recommendation we decide to do the side-leg to Gourgas as well. We set off without too much fuss, and we negotiate the steep hill down to the D25 without...

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Under the Stars

21st to 29th: We drove down to Montpellier to see Emily off at the airport on the 20th, and then collected Luke about two hours later. He had done the journey from Gatwick and seemed typically unphased. As usual, I buy a copy of La Recherche magazine at the airport....

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If at first you don’t succeed

19th: The next day, Jenny has recovered and we set off to do the circuit from Soubes to St Etienne and then back along the other side of the river to Soubes. I admire Jenny for her perseverance, and although the initial leg to St Etienne is a struggle, we manage...

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Keeping fit

18th: Now Jenny has decided to “get on the bike”. She has been cycling a few times in Canada and on holidays in the UK, but my impression is that these trips have been at a fairly gentle pace. We decide to take things step-by-step, so our initial effort is to cycle...

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First outing

17th: Emily and I select our preferred cycle helmets from the three in the store room. She has chosen the metallic blue model, and I have selected a worn out matt gold helmet. Neither fits very well, but they will keep us safe in the unlikely event of an accident. We...

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DESTINATIONS

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