About Me

Thank you for stopping by and investing the time to learn more about me and my adventures by cycle.

A few years ago, the idea of exploring the world by bicycle, living a super minimalist life and wearing the same shirt 363 days a year felt like a very alien concept. Wrapped in the rapture of “daily life”, I, like many others spent many years trading my precious time on this earth for money between the hours of 9am – 5pm.

Then something changed and so would the course of my life – forever!

My Story

Note to reader – my story starts very much like a Disney/Pixar movie with sadness and pain. But, then becomes a lot more upbeat – I promise… 

G rowing up in England, the land of rain, fish and chips and tea, I never really had a huge sense of adventure. I had a pretty rough start with my dad committing suicide when I was 11 years old. That had a huge effect on my family, myself and the world that I had become synchronised with. We went from having a lot, to overnight having nothing! My mum had to figure out how to raise three young men whilst living hand to mouth and barely making ends meet.

Starting life like this had a huge impact on how I viewed the world, or as I like to think about it – the map I designed to navigate the world. I was so focused on “becoming someone”, of making my mum proud, of earning enough money so that I could ensure that we would never be in the same situation again as a family that I lost sight of myself. For a long time, I was locked into the popular emulsion, the matrix – if you like. I spent most of my twenties working my ass off, forging a career,  almost getting married and in all honesty being quite single-minded, ego driven and materialistic.

After the breakdown of a near 10 year relationship in 2016, I moved to Melbourne, Australia. At first, I struggled to navigate my new life. I developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol and used it to self medicate and numb the pain. However, around the same time, I started to meet some incredible people who, through direct and indirect ways had a profound effect on my life.

I started to work with my mind and consciousness. Instead of fighting addictions, I learnt to accept, understand and thank them for their service, but ultimately - let them go!

I started to meditate, I started cycing and for a hot minute listend to Alan Watts 24/7. I took a huge interest in Buddhism, not as a “religion”, but as a toolkit… A toolkit that allowed me to sit with myself in a way that I’d never been able to before. 

I started to listen more, travel more and in relationship with various plant based medicines, I healed myself from my addictions.

A ustralia taught me so much, including how much I loved bikes. Every morning I’d run along the beach at 6am before work, and every morning I’d watch peletons of cyclists shoot past me. I’d never really done much cycling before, but the mix of scenery, speed and community attracted me. I bought my first bike and started riding every day. Within 10 months, I had trained and completed my first 250km in a day race.

What that race taught me was that it wasn’t so much the speed or the competition that excited me about cycling. It wasn’t about beating other people, or even beating myself to the finish line… I was simply in love with the freedom that the bike gave me. Sitting on the bike for hours in a meditative state not thinking or worrying – just cycling. I enjoyed the pain of climbing hills, the rush of the descents and before long, 15 hours in the saddle every weekend, became my new normal…

Then I met "Growler" and in a very simple way - he changed my life!

I think most touring cyclists have a person like Growler in their story. The catalyst. The inspiration. The one who galvanizes that sense inside to ask…

Why haven’t I thought about traveling by bicycle before!?”

W e spoke long into the night about his tour from Jersey Island (in the British Isles) to Australia in the 1990’s. My head swelled with a million questions. My heart warmed as he recounted cycling the Pamir highway, crossing the Karakorum pass at -15 degrees and sailing from Sri Lanka to India on an old Tamil sailboat. His face illuminated the room as he relived being screamed at and stoned by locals in Egypt on the way to the Sudanese border. The break out of The Gulf Crisis whilst on tour and being refused entry to Cairo just days after 21 Palestinians were killed at The Temple Mount.

So, that was it… I was going to cycle around the world and within the space of 6 months I had quit my job, roughly planned a route and started touring in Australia. I started small with 2-4 day mini-tours, then gradually worked my way up to a 10 day self supported ride from Melbourne to Adelaide. Then in April 19′ I flew to Penang, Malaysia and I’ve been cycling ever since.

If you want to go even deeper,
check out the interview I did with Bike Tour Adventures