Alas with the book coming out I've had to take down the blog, but here are a couple of old articles. As each year on the road passed I wrote a 'Review Of The Year' feature, which looked at the best pictures of the previous twelve months and also what I thought of where I'd been. There'll be more features to follow over the coming weeks, but for now these all I can post - as well as another plug for the book below....
Archived article 1: The First Year In Pictures
Archived artice 2: Trip Report: A Year On The Road
Archived article 3: The Second Year In Pictures
Archived article 4: Trip Report: The Second Year On The Road
Archived article 5: The Third Year In Pictures
Archived article 6: Trip Report: The Third Year On The Road
I'll be home just after Christmas: Stories from four years around the world on a bicycle
"On the 29th of April 2008 Matthew Blake pedalled away from his front door in England. Leaving with a shiny new bike, a vague idea of how to fix a puncture and a map which could get him as far as Dover, his lack of confidence was apparent in the fact that whilst he possessed dreams of cycling around the world, he had told his family he would be going to South East Asia and then flying home. And that would be if he could get that far.
Not only did he make it to South East Asia, he carried on further, finally riding back to his hometown of Banbury four years, sixty-one countries and 46,000 miles later. Returning to England with tales of hiding from volcanoes in Guatemala, camping in winter blizzards in Turkey, surviving by drinking river water for three weeks in South Sudan and eating iguanas for dinner in Mexico, as well as the scars of a constant mental battle from four years’ solo travel, Blake discovered numerous heart-warming and humbling stories of the kindness of humanity from all over the world.
Mixing his own adventures with stories and history from around the globe, ‘I’ll be home just after Christmas’ is one man’s account of a modern-era journey of exploration."
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