My wife bought the bike for me on 29 September 2007 as a birthday present. She had watched me riding around Dartmoor on my old mountain bike with stubby tyres, then saw me complete my first 100 mile challenge when I finished an hour behind everyone else. She detected my ambition to do more touring cycling and decided the mountain bike was no good.
For several days we went around various bike shops but it was when we met Phil Hoggard of Big Peaks at Ashburton that I knew that we had found the right bike. I have since found that Phil's knowledge and help is invaluable. He is the best bloke I have met.
My first big ride was lejog and I went through Ireland, cycling 1,050 miles altogether. My bike has enabled me to discover lots of favourite places, many of which I have put into this blog.
Where next? The weather forecast is a bit wild for the next few days but during 2014 I hope to travel through southern France, Spain, go back to Scotland and revisit some of Wales