Category: Thoughts

Bikes on trains

I made a train journey recently that left me near foaming at the mouth after a train which I had paid £120 for a ticket on left the station despite having plenty of room for me and my bike.

the one that left was like this but without my bike on it

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Radical Rumours

Radical Routes has a newsletter type thing called Radical Rumours where members can write about what has been going on. I wrote an entry for Nutclough Housing Co-op whilst I was there and this is it:

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My feelings

My lovely sister Vanessa wanted to know about my feelings, I looked it up and it means:

An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires

The best answer is: it depends.

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Inspirations for the trip

My holidays tend towards self-powered long distance journeys by bike or foot. Each trip taught something new about what I like – the inspiration for this trip is a combination of all my previous trips and thoughts I’ve had for improvements:

  • I like talking to people en-route so English speaking countries are preferable
  • I don’t like having a sole purpose of covering distance
  • wild camping is good for finding special locations – campsites are too often sanitised (and can be expensive given the small amount of time and space I use)
  • I’d rather feel a trip is more of a [temporary] lifestyle than a holiday

Given these points I’ve come up with following ideas:

  • stay entirely within Britain
  • have no fixed destination or timescale
  • take ‘extra’ things for something to do other than cover distance (laptop, camera, audio recorder)
  • visit people or places along the way of interest (friends, communities, ‘sights’)

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