I just cooked this bowl of rice but I’m not even hungry. I just need to force in as many calories as possible because tomorrow I have over 100 miles to ride - out of the remaining 425. I also have to save my batteries so won’t be using my iPhone. Goodbye, social media!
Today, I cycled further than I ever have done before. It was all on my own and for the majority of the time it was raining. I was basically riding one road the whole way and it felt like it would never end. It was gruelling but I pushed myself through mentally. Now, I’m in Glasgow and I’m having three nights to rest before I attempt the Highland section of my journey. 625 miles down, 450 to go!
This is why governments should not be allowed to have a monopoly on roads. The sick bastards. Would someone think of the kitties!?!?!
Leaving for one of the most yolo trips of my life. Stay tuned for some epic photos over the next two weeks.
The Most Posi Vlog Of 2014: Day 181 - 187
This was a tough vlog for me to film. I held it off for a little while because I had to talk about something which made me upset. My feline friend of something silly like 20 years passed away in their sleep as I spooned them. All life is transient so we have to appreciate it while we have it. I love you.
I used to find datorade delicious but not all that refreshing. However, now I have a bigger blender and I can add more water and I love it so, so much!
I use 300-400g of fresh deglet nour dates and fill the jug to about 1.25 litres with water. I also add mixed sweet complementing spices and occasionally a vitamin B12 tablet. I am going to experiment with using a tiny amount of peppermint oil in the next date smoothie I make. I know Freelee uses minty flavouring and I’ve always thought it sounded appealing.
What is your favourite way to prepare your date smoothies?
This Saturday, I begin the longest cycling trip of my life so far. I will be doing the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) ride solo. It’s going to involve over 1000 miles of road, 13 days in the saddle, 7 days sleeping out in the wild and an awful lot of vegan grub in any shape and form I can get my hands on.
I will be going through Bristol, Birmingham, Preston, Glasgow, Inverness as well as many other smaller towns along the way. If you live in any of these places and would like to say hi along the way then send me a message and we could try and sort it out. I also may need a place to stay in Bristol on the 15th July and possibly Inverness on the 24th, so if you can help with that then please get in contact. Check out the detailed route map here.
As part of this challenge, I am trying to raise some money for a charity called Rape Crisis which supports survivors of rape in England & Wales. So if you want to donate then head over to the JustGiving fundraising page. I am trying to raise £1000 - which is £1 for each mile I am riding. Your support means a hell of a lot to me and to those that this charity helps.
I am taking my GoPro with me so I will be getting all sorts of awesome footage. I have bought extra batteries and another SD card just so I can capture it all. I am hoping to be able to put together a truly inspiring and beautiful video for you all. Last time I did a big bike trip I made a YouTube video for it and everyone loved it so this should be even better.
Now, I just need to sort my bike out, get very few clothes together and jam my iPod full of positive dance music and podcasts to keep my going. Please, if nothing else, can everyone wish me good weather on my travels?
12th July - Arrive at Land’s End (wild camping) (+10 miles)
13th - Exeter (+101 miles)
15th - Bristol (+109 miles)
16th - Birmingham (+85 miles)
17th - Preston (+105 miles)
18th - Lake Thirlmere in the Lake District (wild camping) (+76 miles)
19th - Somewhere in south Scotland (wild camping) (+80 miles)
20th - Glasgow (+45 miles)
23rd - Fort William (wild camping) (+102 miles)
24th - Inverness then head north (wild camping) (+80 miles)
25th - North coast of Scotland (wild camping) (+80 miles)
26th - John O’Groats then head south (wild camping) (+80 miles)
27th - Inverness to get a bus home to London (+102 miles)
See you on the road!
I met Chris Kendall at a fruitluck in London today. He taught a cool yoga session and then we all tucked into a lot of yummy fruit (see my previous post). I also tried durian for the first time and I didn’t like it at all. It smelt like onions and wasn’t sweet whatsoever. Apparently it takes three tries before you actually enjoy it. Really fun day out in the sun meeting fruity vegans!
Hey everyone, I have been slacking on this blog so bad recently and I’m sorry! I’ve been doing some cool stuff though - racing bikes, riding a few 100-milers, meeting new friends and planning more adventures for the future. I also just put together this goofy and positive video using some footage I took on my GoPro at the mall. I will get back to posting regularly, I promise.
I got lucky and caught two buses in a row on my way home from a long day of working and eating fruit so I decided to make a GoPro video about drafting London buses. This is my first GoPro upload - there will be plenty more to come!