Now for a HUGE announcement!

In a momentous piece of life changing decision making, April and I are upping sticks from England and moving to TASMANIA! It’s not an overnight decision, but it’s certainly been a quick one! Our decade in the UK is finally coming to an end…

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The wife and I have been furiously cleaning, sorting and packing up our belongings to get this move underway. Looking at all our stuff, it’s hard to believe we arrived in the UK with nothing more than a suitcase each containing our entire lives! We still don’t have much in the way of possessions, but it’s a damn sight more than before.

I’ve sold the car, packed all our belongings into boxes ready for shipping and made a good start on cleaning up the house. All but one bike is neatly packaged up for transport via sea and I’ll be relying on a Bike Box Alan to keep my Kinesis Aithein safe on the journey. It’s coming with me on the plane!

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As a very rough guide, Tasmania is about the size of Ireland or if you overlay an outline of the island onto England it looks a little like this:

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Population of England = 53,000,000
Population of Tasmania = 515,000

Apparently the area of Tassie I’m heading for is pretty hilly – there’s not a lot flat roads around the island. I’d better start preparing my mountain climbing legs!

Roll on warmer weather

IMG_1302So it’s been a little quiet on my blog for a few weeks now. I’ve had good reasons though as I’ve been very busy organising something massive that I will let you know about in my next post. In the meantime I have still been clocking up the miles, I’m knocking on the door of 3000 so far this year. There have even been a few “short sleeve” rides too as we head steadily towards summer!

Hopefully you are all out there building up your mileage. I’ve been hitting a few PB’s lately so my year of not “training” and just riding my bike (lots) seems to be working out well. I’m heading down to the south coast to visit my parents soon so it will be good to cover some miles over new ground for a change.

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In non-cycling news, today I ventured into London, my last trip into the great city for quite some time. I took a long walk along the Thames, soaking up the sights and eating at the multi-cultural street markets along the South Bank. It really is a city with something for everyone.

Live life, cycle hard, be happy.

Oh and a big shout to Elz who is riding Dunkerque-Roubaix this weekend!