Hi We're Adrian and James. We blog about long distance cycling adventures around the world. This blog is also about taking on a challenge, experimenting with a different way of living and experiencing life to its full including bikes, hikes and much more.
Since I returned ‘home’ from my latest cycling adventure (Vietnam to UK, sort of – book coming soon…), I’ve invested a bunch of time in to personal development. I read books, internet articles and speak with like minded friends about the important stuff in our lives. One of the most impactful improvements (‘life hacks’ is […]
Over the last few years, as my Vipassana practice has deepened, I’ve become interested in the way that we humans communicate. Language is one of the many things that make humans the most sophisticated beings on the planet. How we use language essentially determines the quality of our lives. In meditation one begins to realise […]
Empathy says ‘I feel you, we’re the same’. Sympathy says ‘I understand what you’re feeling but that’s separate from me’. Sympathy invites pity. Sympathy leads to imbalance; an attitude of superior position that says, ‘I’m OK, you’re not OK. You have a problem, I don’t’. Empathy invites acceptance. Empathy means equality; empathy says, ‘I get […]
We sat mesmerised by the golden lights reflecting in the holy waters of Sri Harmandir Sahib as the hypnotic rhythm of the Sikh mantra joined us with the infinite potential of the universe. Our journey had brought us to the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the most revered site in the Sikh religion; a place of […]
Our day started with an ominous greeting. Finishing the final crumbs of a soft cheese toastie and salted lassi, our makeshift breakfast had been a surprisingly basic but welcome combination, we were requested to ‘selfie’ with a traveling salesman. “The problem, or I should say, challenge, with India, is the roads. There is no road […]
We opted for a leisurely start and a shorter day today. Setting a target of around 150 km our plan was to split the journey to Amritsar, making the going more enjoyable for rider and pillion. Coming down from McLeod Ganj the heat cloaked us like a woollen shawl, forcing a stop just a few […]
Today, we named the bike. Hari was chosen because; it’s our pops middle name, we love Harry Enfield and we’re in India… Hari Krishna, Hari Rama, Hari Om. So, meet Hari. In the distance is the stunning Triund range, about a days trek from McLeod Ganj. You can follow Hari’s adventures on Instagram @HariOmEnfield.
Earlier this week we attended a short workshop at Tushita Meditation Centre. Cultivating Mindfulness and Emotional Balance with Glen Svenson was a three day event designed to help students develop their meditation practice and understand how to apply it to daily life. When you focus on something does your body tense? Do you find that concentrated […]
We were all feeling pretty chuffed with the previous day’s journey from Rishikesh. The road had been kind. We’d made new friends and arrived at a respectable hotel to share a delicious meal together. A very satisfying combination. Our night’s sleep however, was less successful. For most of the night bus load after bus load […]
India is pretty full on. Come here a little out of whack and you’ll be found out. Like a house of mirrors and every one is truth. These last few days there have been some really strong lessons. It’s been as if every thought has manifested itself in real time. A supercharged karmic bubble. India is […]