Pin Valley – gateway to wilderness

From our base in Kaza, we cycled southeast along the Spiti River until the bridge at Lingti where we crossed a “magical” gateway into a hidden wilderness. From here we ventured up the quiet and stunning Pin Valley, surrounded by great Himalayan peaks and bordered by huge fragile, decomposing and terrifying rock screes. Cycling along […]


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Shimla – Queen of the hillsu

We went for one night and spent a wonderful 4 days in Shimla exploring the history, great food and culture of the Queen of the Hills. At over 2200m, Shimla is a precariously positioned city, situated along a steep ridge of the Himalayan foothills. To the south the hills lessen to the plains of Delhi […]

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Off the beaten track

After a week on our meditation/yoga/detox retreat, we had the challenge to get back on our bikes. We were definitely flexible but very relaxed and a bit lazy:) Leaving Deborah and Saurab, our wonderful retreat hosts we cycled up to the town of Naggar, and then to Jana and the temple of Bilji Madev. I […]

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Discovering a real adventurer

Today we had the joy to visit the Roerich Art Gallery and Estate located in the village of Naggar, near Manali in the Indian Himalayas. Expecting to view paintings, we discovered the story of a unique family and their adventures that make Indiana Jones look like Telly Tubbies. The estate and gallery were established by […]

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From Delhi to the Himalayas

After a couple of weeks in the UK to catch up with my parents, the next stop of our adventure is India. It has been 10years since we were last in Delhi, and wow has it changed. Compared to ten years ago and even more to our first visit 22 years ago, New Delhi is […]

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The Tough Gauchos of Patagonia

It’s the people you meet that make the trip so special. The people of Patagonia are incredible. Their forefathers and to great extent those we met are pioneers. Colonizers of the vast, temperamental and wild land. This was very true of the Gauchos we met. These tough rugged individuals who run the “estancias” – the […]

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Glacier Blues

Patagonia is Melting One of the highlights of Cycling the Carretera Austral, is that you are consistently close to a Glacier or ten. Chile is home to over 24,133 glaciers, 80% of all the glaciers in South America. When you riding, to the left, right, in front and behind, you can nearly always see a […]

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The mighty Carretera Austral

Our main objective for coming to Chile was to cycle the Carretera Austral. I hitched this road 21 years ago and vowed to return one day. The Carretera Austral is 1240km long and goes north south through Patagonia from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins. 98% of the road goes through fantastic wild countryside, passing fiords, […]

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