#TrikeCornwall

As the second anniversary since my Dad passed away from cancer have just passed and I have been given the wonderful opportunity to take Dave Cornthwaite’s Ice TrikeTrikey” for a spin I thought it would be a good idea to make a challenge out of it and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This is my second challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support in honour of my Dad and you can read about the first challenge here National Three Peaks Challenge
I was so overwhelmed by the support during my first challenge and would like to say thanks to everyone again.

THANK YOU x

Dad

Dad

The mission this time will be me tackling the beautiful Cornwall, I plan to stick to the smallest tracks and follow the coast all the way the round Cornwall or as close as Trikey allows me, I will be camping along the way but if any Cornwall peeps wants to offer a sofa, coffee, shower or power outlet then please get in touch ๐Ÿ˜‰
A brief look at the map says I should be able to put about 500 miles on the clock during the 10 days I have available but as some of you will know I had a minor climbing accident three months ago and is taking this opportunity to put some fitness back in my life but I will listen to my ankle and take as many ice cream breaks as I need ๐Ÿ™‚
Mode of transport: Ice Trike Sprint
To see Trikey in action, Click here ๐Ÿ™‚

I only had 4 days from saying YES to Dave before I’m picking up Trikey and starting the adventure so please hurry with donations if you can here or share with your peeps ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please share and remember any donation is hugely appreciated.

Much love Poul x

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Photo Friday: Movement

A few days ago I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon photograph one of the most beautiful and well behaved horses I have meet in a long time and while I took loads of great photos of him with his rider these last playful one’s are amongst my favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Tanja for inviting me to meet Limbuco.

Limbuco

Limbuco

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Photo Friday: water

When I read this Fridays theme I thought it would be an easy choice as a diver and photographer I should have 1000’s of watery images but looking thought my image library it turned out that water more often than not is just part of the scenery and not the actual image.

At the end I decided on a sunset photo from Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond Sunset

Loch Lomond Sunset

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Photo Friday: Early Morning

This week’s theme straight away reminded me of one of the best mornings of 2014 this far.

After a 0200 start from Glasgow in the driving rain, we parked the car and started climbing though the forest and soon the rain changed to snow but we continued along the path in our own little bubble that was made up from the light from our head torches. After walking for about an hour the climb started getting stepper and the snow deeper but we continued upwards and after backtracking a couple of time due to getting lost in the now whiteout we were finally on the last steep slope and soon we made our way up the final ridge and reached the summit shortly before 0800, just in time for the sunrise and a well deserved frozen breakfast. Our time at the summit was very brief as the wind chill brought the temperature down to around -25!

Below is the view that greeted us on and off as the strong wind moved the clouds around.

Sunrise at the Cobbler

Sunrise at the Cobbler

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Photo Friday: Shadows

This week’s shadow post is brought to you from Isle of Lewis.

Shadows

Shadows

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The Boy Who Was Afraid of the World

Book review.

I first came across Jamie’s travels via his website Great Big Scary World and loved the sense of adventure that was behind all his travels.

I was lucky/unlucky enough to have a climbing accident that have put me out of action for 6 weeks and counting but it also gave me time to slow my life down and do more reading and this is where “The Boy Who Was Afraid of the World” comes in, Jamie have written a truly inspirational and honest book, hitchhiking is maybe not your cup of tea but this will leave you longing for the freedom of the open road and the magic moments with the strangers you encounter along the way.

The digital book is about 300 pages, I started reading one morning and simply ignored the world around me for the next few hours while I learned the ins and outs of hitchhiking and couchsurfing with Jamie as he zigzagged across Europe while meeting up with friends and family. Along the way we share his ups and down as this travel story turns into so much more ๐Ÿ˜‰

The-Boy-Who-Was-Afraid-of-the-World-Front-Cover

The-Boy-Who-Was-Afraid-of-the-World-Front-Cover

To read a preview, click below.

Download pdf sample (for reading on a computer)

Download mobi sample (for reading on a Kindle)

Download ePub sample (for reading on other ereaders)

To buy the book, Click Here.

Now where did I put my backpack all those weeks ago and I wonder if my crutches will make it easier for me to be picked up ๐Ÿ˜€

Hitting to open road

Hitting the open road

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Photo Friday: Flowering

Springtime in a Bavarian garden and the bees are getting busy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Springtime, Bavaria

Springtime, Bavaria

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Photo Friday: Explore

Exploring the snowy mountains.

Exploring01

Exploring01

Exploring02

Exploring02

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FINALLY!

Walking the Forth and Clyde canal

Ever since I started exploring the Forth and Clyde canal in Glasgow a few years ago I’ve been wanting to walk/hike the entire length but working Monday to Friday, 0900 – 1700 and trying to have a social life on weekends it seems near impossible to find the time but with my new found freedom I’ve been taking out time for some of those small projects ๐Ÿ™‚

I started the day early when a dear friend dropped me of by the newly build Helix Park and walked east to my starting point, The Kelpies. I had hoped they would be lit up in the morning darkness but sadly the whole construction site they sit on was completely covered in darkness and I quickly turned west and started walking as I had approximately 36 miles to go and the days are short in January!

The miles flew in while I followed the canal though the urban landscape and it took more than an hour before the early morning light allowed me to take any decent photos and the only people I meet as the day was dawning were either dog walkers or joggers with earphones and a sad stare in their eyes.

It was a joy to see the abundance of birds who have made the canal their home and I was surprised to see Grey Heron sleeping in the trees, balancing their long legs on a branch.

While walking I took the time to read the history of the canal on the information plaques that was alongside the old tow path and tried to think about how it would have looked when the canal was still a main highway for transporting gods between East and West coast. There is still a few buildings standing today, even though The Underwood Lockhouse have seen better days after it burned to the ground back in July 2013 but a local resident I spoke to assured me that it was just a matter of time before it would be restored to its former glory.

As I arrived at lock 20 I was meet with a nice surprise, a sign informing me that I had walked 10 miles and “only” had 16 miles to go, I knew the whole stretch should be 35-36 miles but in my naive mind I thought I had remembered it wrong and was almost halfway ๐Ÿ™‚ Imagine my surprised sad face when I four miles later came across the next sign informing me that I had walked 14 miles but still had 22 miles to go! That was like a kick in the gut and Dear Canal People,ย  please correct this.

Around 10.30 I stopped for brunch at one of the many picnic tables there is to be found along the canal but it was far too cold to sit and enjoy it for long and as soon as the last hot chocolate was gone I packed up and carried on walking.

Shortly after 13.00 I reached the halfway point and was feeling the miles in my legs, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that as the light started fading, the rain got heavier and a painful cramp in my right upper thigh made me just put my head down and get on with it, resulting in a lack of decent photos for the last five hours of the walk and just as the last light faded I reached the outskirts of Glasgow and guided by the city lights, after nearly 13 hours I finally made it to the end of the canal and you would think it was an easy evening after that walk but as I was picking up my car, I found the parking area locked with no signs informing who to call or opening times, eventually I knocked on a canal boat where the lights were on and asked for help to get out of the car park and they were kind enough to let me out ๐Ÿ™‚

As always I would appreciate your questions, comments and feedback below.

 

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Tourist for the day ‘AKA New camera’

It’s been a while since my last post and while there have been loads to write about I haven’t felt the need to write about it but I am building up to sharing some images from the last three months on the road.

But something happened that I need to share, I got a new camera ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m still very much trying to get used to all the functions but wanted to share some of my first photographs with you.

This first one is from the Falkirk Wheel, the wheel is the first and only rotating boat lift that was completed in 2002 and build to replace the 11 locks that once linked the Forth and Clyde canal with the Union canal. It’s an impressive sight when a boat is loaded in the top gondola and is lowered 35 meters down.

the Falkirk Wheel

the Falkirk Wheel

The next photo is a new landmark called the Kelpies and it’s still under construction butย  a very impressive sight when you walk up to the 30 meter monuments. The Kelpies mark the entrance of the Forth and Clyde canal.

the Kelpies

the Kelpies

And I included the second one to give a sense of scale to these marvellous looking creatures.

the Kelpies in scale

the Kelpies in scale

As always I welcome your comments and questions below ๐Ÿ™‚

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