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Barking Mad charity ride: The Route

(Use #BarkingMadSA on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter to catchup on my adventure) In March 2014 I started  cycling the Spine of the Dragon: a +-4000km mountain bike tour across South Africa and Lesotho to raise funds for the animal shelter, PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships). Behind my bicycle I towed a custom built trailer (courtesy of Holdfast) with a dog box, so […]

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Surf Cycle: A bicycle touring adventure

In February this year I completed a +-800km cycle from Jeffrey’s Bay to Cape Town. Behind my bicycle I towed a two wheeled trailer, my surf board, fishing rod and camping gear.I am not a streamlined cyclist, and I carry more spare tyres around my waist than I do on my trailer. Besides my clear […]

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Book review: Moods of future joys by Alistair Humphrey’s

“If you’re not hurting you’re not riding hard enough If you’re not hungry you’ve eaten too much If you’re not cold you’re carrying too many clothes If you know you will succeed its too easy” Alastair Humphreys is an English cyclist, adventurer, author and motivational speaker.  He is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Moods […]

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Book review: The Gentle Art of Tramping by Stephen Graham

1st published in 1926 The Gentle Art of Tramping is a guide to the modern day equivalent to backpacking in the outdoors. Often dated advice is given, which is  quite humorous for  the modern day adventurer but his philosophical viewpoints and his love affair with nature is still valid today. Some of my favourite quotes […]

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10 cycle touring tips

Below I have listed a few usefull cycle touring tips. Please feel free to add you own.  1. Besides panniers or a trailer I use a handlebar bag: great for quick access to camera, wallet, maps and other essentials. I use one from Topeak (www.topeak.com) Do not overload the bag, especially when doing tours on gravel […]

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