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Peter Gostelow

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Redirecting your attention

Well I’m finally back to posting on my own domain. Now that The Big Africa Cycle is over, at least the cycling aspect, it makes sense to be redirecting my attention, and hopefully yours, to this website, rather than one focused on a single trip. There’s a bit of work to do here as I try to bring content from the last 3 years and beyond into one easy-to-access site.

Apologies if you received an email recently containing outdated content from this site. That was me trying to make sure my subscriber list to the Big Africa Cycle will now receive e-mail updates when I post here. If you’re not subscribing then please do. It’s reassuring to know who is receiving updates and following what I’m doing. You can enter your email address in the box to the right here.

My bike didn’t stay long in the box that transported it back from South Africa last month. When I started researching train tickets to a friend’s stag weekend in Norfolk I decided it would be more interesting, and probably cheaper, to cycle there instead. And so I just spent the last two and a half weeks joyfully navigating my way along England’s rural roads on a 1300km round trip from Dorset, taking in Salisbury, Reading, Cambridge, Norfolk, Nottingham, Rugby, London, Reading again, and back towards Dorset before the rain came down in Chippenham and I loaded the bike into my brother’s car.

I used google maps on my phone alongside scanned pages from an OS map, making the route up as I went along and imagining I might pitch the tent behind a hedge when friends or family members were too far to reach in a day. In the end the closest I got to using it was when I walked into a country pub in Lincolnshire and was about to ask permission to camp in the beer garden when a local sitting next to me offered his couch for the night.

The trip  was far from the adventure that I might have found on the backroads of Africa, but when the weather’s good and you avoid major roads, England must be one of the most pleasant and peaceful countries to tour in.

Rural England

Rural Dorset

6 Comments

  1. Fully agree about cycling around the UK – it’s very much under-rated I think.

    I’ve done a fair amount of bike touring now, and the UK remains one of my favourite destinations for pleasant touring. With a little bit of cash to stay in B&Bs/pubs, it’s very easy going.

  2. First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Appreciate it!

    • I’m not sure I’m the best person to ask about that. I think everyone differs. I can’t work in places with people around me very well and it can take a while before I get anywhere too. I usually try to draft in my mind with some written notes what I actually intend to write about rather than just writing away without some structure.

  3. Hey Peter, I am subscribed to your blog via the RSS feed (reading on Google Reader). I prefer that, rather than getting email alerts.

    Cheers,
    Rob

    • No problem Rob. I still find it a little confusing. I’m trying to have all the subscribers from this website and thebigafricacycle.com under one subscription feed.

  4. The subscribe box at the top right did not work for me, but the one further down did (just above the tag cloud).

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