My first bicycle adventure was in the Scottish Highlands with two mates. We hadn’t a clue what we were doing. It was cold, wet, miserable, exhausting and brilliant. Since then I’ve racked up quite a list of trips, including:

Iran Language-Learning 2013

A year-in-progress of attempting to become fluent in a rather unusual tongue — Farsi — by means of total immersion in the culture and language. Articles coming soon.

HostsCheeseCycle path EsfahanGirls allowedBike rideIronyExtreme sportsJSad

U.S. West Coast 2012

My brother and I spent two months riding from Vancouver to San Francisco via British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. Read the live blog from the start.

A predictable scene in an all-you-can-eat Mongolia BBQ in VancouverObligatory head shavingCollecting the bikesBen and VancouverAn appropriate pavement carving in Victoria, Vancouver IslandHiking in the Olympic National ParkA USCGS chopperUSCGS chopper cockpitGood thinking

Norway & Sweden In Winter 2011

I spent February 2011 riding 1,600km through Norway and Sweden, from Oslo to the Arctic Circle and beyond. Taking on a solo bike trip in an extreme climate – with temperatures down to –33°C – proved to be a fascinating, challenging and fulfilling experience. Read more…

Leaving OsloNorwegian cycle routeWarming TeaSnow graffitiFirst campSnow road and elkA lucky findIce forksLake Mjøsa

Mongolia 2010

A two-man journey across the sparsely-inhabited steppe and mountains of central and northern Mongolia. Wild, epic spaces and cross-country, off-road navigation characterised the riding — a truly spectacular place to cycle. Read more…

Lugging LuggageOn The RailsBlustery DayRoadside monumentEmpty asphalt out of UBPerfect cycling food - ZuivanInside Dzaamar family homeFamily in DzaamarAndy riding

The Middle East & Africa 2009

During 2009 I cycled solo from Turkey to Iran. To make things interesting, I decided to take the scenic route – via Djibouti. Read more…

Arabic coffeeSunset in the Syrian desertPalmyra citadelNot a sign your mother wants to seeShobak Castle, JordanShobak Castle ruinsThrough the mountains to DahabTwo nomads on a cycling adventure (Explored)Camping in the Sinai Desert

The Caucasus & Iran 2008

After cycling through the coldest winter in Georgia for 25 years, I headed, now alone, for Yerevan. I planned to stay for about 3 days. I ended up living there for 9 months before cycling to Iran. Read more…

Skating in Tbilisi 1Jumber LezhavaEchmiadzin, Armenia 4Winter in Yerevan 3Accordion Player in YerevanKaskad, YerevanMy Flat in Yerevan 7Visit to Geghard, Armenia 5Shepherds at Mt Ara, Armenia 3

Europe & The Near East 2007

The first long-term journey I’d done. Starting out from my back door, two friends and I set our bearings for the Orient. Read more…

English countrysideArriving at HarwichResting near the port of HarwichCandles in a shrine near EindhovenDSC_0239Montreux Jazz Festival stallStormy morning in the Swiss lakesDSC_0376Camping in western Romania

Scotland Off-Road 2006

This short, painful trip is to blame for everything. Read more…