Getting out more: in retrospect

So the Crosscountry train in which I’m sitting is flying along the tracks, carrying me home. There’s time to gather random thoughts together. Every long distance trip teaches its own lessons, so what were mine? The first is that I was underestimating my level of fitness: the easy first day was probably wise, but, distance-wise, […]

Getting out more: Day 1

First, some basic thoughts about my approach to such bike rides. Some of these remarks are more for the benefit of non-cycletourers, but they also touch on matters of debate amongst cyclists. On a long distance bike ride, weight is everything. This includes the weight of the rider, plus that of the bike and, lastly, […]

Cycling San Francisco

Caroline and I hired bikes. It is, unfortunately, the only way to get on a bike when you’re thousands of miles from home and your own machine. And biking a city is the best way of understanding its geography and, therefore, a key element to its personality. But hire bikes are pretty much the same […]