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From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I’m passionate about finding those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

Category: Travel

Border troubles in Lithuania

Lithuania was my least favourite of the Baltic States, that isn’t to say that we didn’t have plenty of fun though. We lost equipment and found it again, got waylaid by a super-social German and questioned by the border guard. Our second day in Lithuania was an unusually long one. Leaving the campsite at 9am and cycling until 7pm in…

Disaster strikes in Latvia

The first part of the Latvian disaster is that my brother started to feel ill one morning when we were wild camping without water. He was then sick multiple times, I told him to toughen up and we cycled 45 miles until we found another suitable wild camping spot. He spent the rest of the day languishing in bed. On…

Estonia: our first Baltic state

Estonia is our first Baltic state and marks the beginning of the westward journey home. It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe and so we found an abundance of woods to camp in and rarely saw anyone in the evening. I found my first and so far only waterfall of the holiday in Estonia. I’ve found…

The King’s Road through Finland

The Finnish section of the holiday was short, only spending four nights in the country. We cycled from Turku to Helsinki along the King’s Road, a section of the old major postal route that linked up Norway to Russia in the 14th century. It was 150 miles of mostly forest and wilderness. We were close to the sea but rarely…

Åland Islands and the Archipelago Sea

A constant thought during the first half of the tour was whether we should go further north in Sweden and up around the Bothnian Sea or cut across to Finland. In Stockholm we decided that we had had enough of endless woods and that sailing through the Archipelago Sea would be more interesting. It consists of 20,000 islands, almost all…

Cycling to Stockholm

Before launching into the cycle tour from Gotland in my previous post up past Stockholm to the port of Kapellskär I wanted to give you a quick overview of the the tour so far. We left Cornwall on the 20th May, and spent 32 days cycling in Ireland. We then cut across the UK to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and…

Destination: Gotland 

Since leaving jolly old England we’ve been cycling for 24 days and roughly done 1300 miles. So it isn’t that surprising that we decided a holiday was in order. Originally I was keen on going to the island of Öland but we noticed on the map that we could take a ferry to Gotland and then another one back further…

Cycling Southern Sweden

I’ve been looking forward to cycling through the Scandinavian countries since we planned the tour. Sweden and Finland have a ‘everyman’s right’ to camp where you like (within reason). So whilst food is more expensive, as long as we can find somewhere to wild camp, we don’t have to spend any money on campsites. My third bicycle touring top tip…

Exploring Copenhagen

Our hosts from the previous night kindly offered us a lift up to Copenhagen, so following Touring Tip 2, we gladly accepted the offer and got to Copenhagen mid morning. They also introduced us to another friend who lives in an apartment in the city. He was happy to host us that night so we spent the remainder of the…

Reaching the Baltic Sea

Denmark is the first country we’ve cycled on the clockwise route that properly borders the Baltic and so nearly a week after leaving Hull we have reached the beginning of the planned Baltic route (or Eurovelo 10).  The route is goes up through Denmark and then along the coasts of Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. In Germany we will…