cycle touring


In 2008 I spent 5 months skateboarding almost 5,500km across China. I have mixed memories of that trip. Memories of pure joy and memories of pure torment. But the one indifferent constant of that trip was China National Highway 312. This trans-China highway was my home for that 5 months. […]

Revisiting an old friend: The China National Highway 312



Last week I cycled 8 days with my wife, her brother (Rowland), his wife (Alicia), and my wife’s friend (Saoka). It was four of us for the whole trip, plus the extra friend for three days. It was the first time I had traveled in a group before, and I […]

Reflections on Travelling with a Group



A while back I wrote a screed of thoughts regarding digital camera choices* and mentioned that I ended up buying a second hand Panasonic GF1 micro four thirds camera; a miniature SLR camera that takes nice lightweight interchangeable lenses. Well it has now been a few months since that purchase, and I […]

Panasonic Lumix GF1 Review


This is part of a series of posts about cycling gear I have been using lately. First up, the mighty Surly Karate Monkey. Surly Karate Monkey Review Earlier this year, I was looking into bicycle options for life here in Sapporo. I was looking for something that would be as […]

Surly Karate Monkey Review – touring and commuting