In this addition, I will tackle the nerves of leaving home comforts behind and giving advice on how to take the first step towards freedom.
With Covid restrictions around the UK relaxing, the time for exploring without fear of arrest is here. What better way to start than to find the nearest waterfall to your house?!?!
The road snaked downwards, twisting and turning between the gigantic rock faces. The further down you go, the higher the valley towers above. Shooting upwards from the edge of the road, the rocks are distracting. The technicality and the 16% gradient demand respect. One false move on this road can turn you into people pizza.
Normally, I don’t live with regrets, but today would be different. On this day, I very much regretted leaving the house for a bike ride. That is because, before I would return home from it — I reached a new low — the coldest I have ever been!!!
Road cycling is no easy sell – Hey, do you want to fork out loads of money for a bike – wear lycra when you ride it – then suffer on a saddle that has less padding than a knuckle … remind me why I love cycling again. Oh yeah, it is because once you overcome all those obstacles, it provides you with almost limitless places to explore – all self-powered too. The views that this machine can provide you with are worth writing home about.
Like many others, I wanted to travel in my lifetime. I didn’t know when, where or how, but I just knew I had to go somewhere. It was beyond wanderlust, it felt more like a compulsion. I had been putting it off for a long time: until one day, enough was enough. Then without warning, all the answers came at once – Fuck it, I am going on a bikepacking adventure.