MicroAdventures on the horizon

I’ve recently started to read a new book designed to make an (micro)adventurer out of anyone and I am finding it really inspiring! Lots of ideas to get me of my sofa and into the great outdoors without costing a fortune. If you are looking for some inspiration to add a little adventure into your life it’s a great book to get.

New bike.

The books purchase was inspired by my recent bike purchase, a Hybrid Boardman MX Sport. I’ve no experience of bikes (my last bike was a Raleigh Chopper in the 1970’s), but I chose the type based on the activities I envisioned me taking part in, mainly day trips into the countryside. My routes would mainly consist of cycle paths (some minor roads) and off road trails (Not mountain bike courses), so a Hybrid bike seemed a great option. (Thanks to John P for helping choose a actual bike!)

I’ve added a rear rack top rear bag for essentials on day trips, and a handlebar bag for my Lumix camera when I fancy it. I’ve also got the option of side panniers for any trips longer than a day trip (or a nice big picnic!) as I’m not a fan of cycling with a backpack if possible.

Geek alert!

Also being the gadget head that I am, a Garmin Edge Touring GPS sits on my handlebars also. I did a few trial runs with my iPhone and some bike routing apps but found the battery life far too limiting. Hence the Garmin and its suggested 17 hour battery life which will cover any day trips with ease.

It’s also a cycle computer and recently went on my 1st solo run out on the bike covering 19 miles with considerable ease.

The 1st half of the route was a mixture of cycle paths and trails, the 2nd was mainly a canal towpath. The Hybrid bike was great, having front suspension and slimmer rough tread tyres were more than adequate for the cycle paths and off road. I enjoyed a leisurely couple of hours exploring my local area, something I’ve never done before. Tell me I’d cover over 19 miles on a bike a few months ago I would have smiled politely to you whist thinking you were crazy!

I’m looking forward to some more cycling exploration and a full overnight MicroAdventure soon!

Cool and Free places to visit in London #NozbeHOW

London can be an expensive city to visit, but there are many places you can explore that will not cost you anything. This personal list contains Markets, Museums, Galleries and some more random places all within London you can see without spending any money.

The list can be accessed from the new #NozbeHOW free service, you don’t need a Nozbe account, just click this link to get going! https://nozbe.how/YcKzk

There are few London locations that will not find on ‘top 10 places to visit in London’ lists you may have seen before. This is a personal list, from someone who’s enjoyed London for many years!

My personal favourites include having a cheap breakfast in a 1940’s cafe used in TV and Films, exploring the Shad Thames area around Tower Bridge. Walking under the Thames river using an old foot tunnel…..

…to emerge in Greenwich, where you can climb observatory hill for some great views of the City of London.

Each listing contains a small description of the place of interest, a nice photo and a google Map link to direct you straight there.

Hope you find it of use! If you have any suggestions that I should add, please leave me a comment.