Hayama and Hokkaido 

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Japan is quite rightly proud of its unique culture and traditions. As an island country it’s managed to preserve its identity (helped by being cutoff from the rest of the world for two hundred years) while the rest of Asia gradually grows together. It’s a fitting place for us to be while we wait for … Continue reading Hayama and Hokkaido 

12 Photos from the last 12 Months

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It’s our anniversary today, exactly two years since we left Bristol and started pedalling. What a great day that was riding out to Bath with a bunch of our friends. Since then those friends have had engagements, weddings, babies, bought houses, changed jobs and yet all we’ve done is keep on pedalling. It’s been a … Continue reading 12 Photos from the last 12 Months

Osaka to Tokyo

Kimonos in Kyoto

“Irasshaimase! Irasshaimase! Irasshaimase!”. Every member of staff gives a cheery welcome as soon as we walk in the door of the shop. A small robot then tries to sell us a mobile phone. As we start to fill up a basket with tasty sushi and ultra rare porridge oats, a man walks round with a … Continue reading Osaka to Tokyo

A change of plan but not a change of direction 

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Just before we left Bristol, Freecyle brought cycle touring guru Tom Allen to our door. He needed a phone and we had a phone we didn’t need. Once we’d explained why we were having a clear out he offered the sage advice that the best way to plan our trip was to not make too many plans. Anyone who’s seen … Continue reading A change of plan but not a change of direction 

Fukuoka to Osaka

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It’s often hard to put into words exactly what we’re feeling, seeing, experiencing as we roll along each day which is why we like to take plenty of photos. As the saying goes a picture paints a thousand words. My cousin Margaret once asked me if our trip inspired us to be poetic which is an … Continue reading Fukuoka to Osaka

Seoul to Busan via Jeju

Jeju guardian statue made from pummice, which feature all over the island looking after gateways and buildings

28th April – 15th May 2016 After a short spin from his flat Elbert delivers us to the blue line that would lead our way out of Seoul and all the way down to Busan. The next two or three weeks ought to be easy with the route largely dictated for us by the network … Continue reading Seoul to Busan via Jeju

Beijing to Seoul

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Looking back it seems silly that we had any form of trepidation before crossing into China. It’s been a country that, more than any other so far, has exceeded expectations. We’ve found unbelievable generosity that goes beyond even the high benchmark set in the Muslim countries. Areas of the landscape have been unlike anything else … Continue reading Beijing to Seoul