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Cycling the Great North Road from London to Edinburgh

Steve Silk on the Great North Road

Steve Silk on the Great North Road (Source ยป The Guardian)

Steve Silk, The Guardian ยป

With the smell of the North Sea in my nostrils, I feel a long way from central London, where my journey began amid the tangier aroma of delivery driver diesel. My plan was to go in search of the old road between London and Edinburgh: the one that had served the mail coaches, witnessed marching soldiers and highway robbery, and had an ancient and evocative name: the Great North Road.

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Over the last 300-odd miles Iโ€™d been pretty faithful to the old road โ€“ or at least as faithful as you can be while avoiding dual carriageways and speeding drivers. The key is to find stretches where the new has been built next to the old, rather than on top of it: an orphaned mile or so at Tempsford in Bedfordshire, Stilton in Cambridgeshire or Cromwell in Nottinghamshire. On these forgotten high streets I find it remarkably easy to visualise a time when the mail coach was the king of the road โ€“ the horsesโ€™ hooves clattering and the guard blowing his horn.

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Alastair Humphreys tells us how he chooses his adventures

Alastair Humphreys ยป

How do you choose your next adventure when there are so many options available?

Wizarding up ideas for adventures is one of my favourite things to do. I find it enjoyable, exciting, but also easy. If I was a specialist I would need to search for something higher, harder and faster within my niche every time I wanted a new challenge. But because I am a generalist, I make the next adventure more challenging by making it differently challenging to previous projects. It is an important part of keeping adventure fresh for me.

I am surprised how often people tell me that they really want to do an adventure but donโ€™t know what to do. Hopefully this walk-through of the way I come up with ideas might get your own adventure cogs whirringโ€ฆ

  • Cycling round the world
  • The Marathon des Sables
  • The South Pole
  • The Arctic Ocean
  • Iceland
  • Rowing the Atlantic
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The best countries for long distance cycling

150 travellers who completed epic cross-continental cycling journeys were surveyed.

Alee Denham at CyclingAbout.com writes ยปย 

Each of the 150 cyclists got three votes to cast, and I simply tallied up the results. In the end, 80 different countries were favourited, which is pretty cool because that means most corners of the world have something, for somebody.

These are their top picks for the best countries for long-distance cycling ยป

10. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan
9. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile
8. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico
7. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australian
6. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran
5. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India
4. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China
3. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏ Tajikistan
2. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA
1. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey

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