About Me

About Me

My name is James. Originally from Manchester, England. Cycling crept up on me slowly. I started commuting by bicycle. A year later I would head into the country at the weekend. Then I went to Peru and discovered a love for cycling up mountains. This led to many a week long cycle holiday in the Alps. Finally I wondered what would happen if you just kept going. I am still going over 60 countries later...

Why?

A lot of people ask me this. It's a fair question but for me there is no better way to travel. No two days are the same. Everyday something new. You see those places in between where tourists seldom go. You get to explore mountains, deserts, plains, forests, coastline and remote countries at your own pace. The freedom to go left, go right or straight on. The astonishing amount of food you simply must eat to keep going. Sleeping like a log every night. The exercise. The people you meet from all different cultures and all different walks of life who open your eyes and change your perceptions. A life outdoors on the open road. There are so many reasons I actually wrote a whole article on it. Of course it's not all a bed of roses. Somedays you feel like a squirrel on a wheel. There are moments of exhaustion, despair, extreme cold, extreme heat, hunger, thirst and times when you think 'why on earth am I doing this'. These moments are in the minority though and make you appreciate the numerous highs even more.

Current Location

Current Location

Qantab, Oman. In lockdown in a little seaside village outside Muscat. Need a haircut but doing fine. Last updated 26th May 2020

About the Site

I try to avoid giving exact route descriptions or maps of the routes I take. I think in general it's best to cycle without too much of a plan, be spontaneous, not follow someone else's path but to explore as you see fit. Some of my best days on the bike have come when I've got a bit lost making up my route as I go along. Of course you occasionally come across roads that you want to tell the world about so for those I've written a list of my favourite roads.