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Author Archives: TJ

About TJ

Traveller, Climber, Praknster and Painter of Penises

Northern Argentina

Posted from Santa María, Catamarca Province, Argentina. I have recently begun feeling that cycle touring fits me very well. Despite of an initial dose of suffering I started to tolerate not only the heat but also the wind and the ascents. Riding has become more of a joy than pain and I began looking forward … Continue reading »

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Slowly getting better at it

Posted from Chilecito, La Rioja Province, Argentina.Just when I thought that cycle touring might not be my thing I suddenly got a bit better at it. Perhaps it’s the rest I took in Jachal or the fact that after finishing my research paper I stopped rushing to and in between places. My dear friend Pei, … Continue reading »

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First week of cycling

Posted from San José de Jáchal, San Juan Province, Argentina. The last, and the first at the same time, week of cycling was very difficult, tiring and eye-opening. I feel like a rookie here, because long distance cycling is an entirely different ball game to motorcycle touring. It is slow, physically tiring and your success … Continue reading »

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Last week of climbing in Cochamo

Posted from Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile. After taking a well deserved rest in Puerto Varas, Marek and me came back to La Junta for the last week of long awaited climbing. Equipped with 7 day worth of carefully selected food supplies having absolutely zero intersection with the menu we had on Capicua we hiked … Continue reading »

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Marek’s photos from Capicua

Posted from Puerto Varas, Los Lagos Region, Chile.We shall wait for a bit for professional looking photos from Capicua from our house photographer David. In the meantime here are the photos taken on a phone, courtesy of Marek Przybylski.  

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Posted from Puerto Varas, Los Lagos Region, Chile.Big wall … it has entirely changed my perspective on mountain climbing. Before coming here and trying it out I was naive and ignorant enough to expect just a longer trad climbing trip up a taller than usual multi-pitch crag. How wrong had I been. Capicua, which is … Continue reading »

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Posted from Address not found. So….. it’s all happening. The idea of leaving Midlands and going away to explore the world has finally materialised. I have been so busy with my usual hectic life running in between Leicester and Loughborough, building a camper, fixing bikes, selling stuff, buying stuff, giving away stuff, working, climbing, writing … Continue reading »

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Posted from Address not found. Travelling alone for a long period of time can be tedious and I would be a liar if I said that I completed my journey without any reliance on the help of others. In fact, it is fair to say that I might not even be able to get to … Continue reading »

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Closing the loop

Posted from Mościska, Warsaw West County, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland. I want to start this blog entry with due apologies for procrastination and lack of any input for several weeks. I left Sofia with one idea in mind – to let my hair down and ride off-road through Bulgarian mountains as fast and rough as I … Continue reading »

Categories: Bulgaria, Europe2014, Hungary, Poland, Romania | 2 Comments

There and back to Sofia

Posted from Address not found. Well, let’s state the fact. My trip is over and I’m now just enjoying a break from travelling – a little holiday before I get back to work. However, I’m now fully refreshed and would be ready to go back to Africa if I only had time and money. Unfortunately, … Continue reading »

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