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Ride Earth On Sunday 17th June 2007, Tom Allen, Andrew Welch and Mark Maultby embarked upon Ride Earth - their mission to circumnavigate the world by mountain bike. Follow their progress here.

Teghut Forest, Soon To Be Teghut Crater

ARMENIA | Saturday, 17 May 2008 | Views [1716]

Remember, if you will (or read if you’ve recently joined us) back to October 2007; a memorable month for all the wrong reasons. The loss of two bank cards and the disintegration of Andy’s rear wheel led to our bicycle voyage being becalmed in Istanbul ... Read more >

Tags: armenia, deforestation, environment

Practicing What You Preach

GEORGIA | Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [911]

Last night I went to teach my English speaking lesson at the ‘Georgian-Scottish-House’ in Tbilisi. Recently I have had another gear-change with regards to my thinking on how I can do my bit to help reduce the now widely accepted human-induced climate ... Read more >

Tags: andy

Armenia and Global Issues

ARMENIA | Saturday, 12 Apr 2008 | Views [1009]

Tom Last night I revisited the venue in Yerevan where Andy and I gave a presentation back in February. Common Ground is the project of a local NGO to provide an open forum for interested people from all backgrounds to discuss today’s issues and ... Read more >

Small is Beautiful

GEORGIA | Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | Views [506]

These are some quotes from E.F. Schumacher’s series of books, Small is Beautiful: “The most striking about modern industry is that it requires so much and accomplishes so little. Modern industry seems to be inefficient to a degree that surpasses ... Read more >

Tags: andy

All Change

ARMENIA | Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | Views [686]

Tom It’s spring again (in Armenia, at least - still snowing in England, I’ve heard)! The last of the ice melted away a couple of weeks ago, and all over the country grass and leaves are emerging from flower-beds and trees. Winter is finally behind ... Read more >

Space and Time

GEORGIA | Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | Views [745]

I’m in Tbilisi and hopefully this blog will fill in what has been happening with me. As you may know I arrived in Yerevan for the first time, by bicycle, on the 24th January. I met up with Tom in the city after we had cycled alone from near the Georgian ... Read more >

Tags: andy

Gallery: Ride Earth Month 3

HUNGARY | Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Marshrutka Experience

ARMENIA | Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | Views [1015]

The driver’s wearing a leather jacket, thick material. I think “that’s too hot inside this cramped vehicle - it must be for the look”. The driver looks like a gangster out of a Guy Ritchie film. Somehow I convinced myself to put my trust in this gold-... Read more >

Tags: andy, ride-earth

Leaving Yerevan. And Then Returning

ARMENIA | Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | Views [574]

Tom Believe it or not, I finally left Yerevan on my bicycle on Sunday 2nd March 2008. I pedalled south for 70km, through the Ararat region, and camped in a field after dark opposite the factory of a company called 'Abit Ltd', which amused me slightly.... Read more >

My Little Letter to my M.P.

ARMENIA | Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | Views [810]

Tom I might be a little way round the globe, but I’ve taken a little time to write to my local Member of Parliament in England. I’m writing from an area of the world where the wishes (and votes) of the citizens are routinely undermined by powerful, ... Read more >

Tags: environment

Why did we get so wet?

ARMENIA | Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | Views [508]

Last summer when we set off from England on our bicycles we had dreams of long wonderful summer days and leaving our waterproofs at home, replaced by an extra pannier of suncream. However, in practice we were reaching for the ponchos more than expected ... Read more >

Tags: andy, ride-earth

Three Weeks In Yerevan

ARMENIA | Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | Views [1045]

Tom I’ve been in Yerevan for about three weeks and the hold-ups continue. My friends here like to joke that by the time I finally get this deep-winter sleeping bag and pedal south towards Iran, it’ll be spring and I won’t need it any more! That may ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!

Stillness and Realisation

ARMENIA | Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | Views [733]

I arrived in Yerevan last Wednesday. I have been staying with some wonderful new friends who work at the French Embassy here. From the first village after crossing the border into Armenia from Georgia, Tom and I decided to cycle alone to Yerevan. ... Read more >

Tags: andy, ride-earth

White Peaks and Red Tape

ARMENIA | Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | Views [814]

Tom We knew that as we headed out of Europe and into the Middle East and Central Asia, we’d be cutting through as much red tape as we would snow and ice. So maybe it was a good idea that we’d expected it, as international bureaucracy is becoming a ... Read more >

Tags: Scams & Robberies

Tbilisi Beneath the Ice

GEORGIA | Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | Views [918]

When Sylvester, the Polish cyclist we met on Christmas Day in Batumi, was explaining that conditions were difficult here for local people in Georgia, coping with the cold midwinter, I remember thinking, surely it’s not as difficult as cycling round ... Read more >

Tags: andy, ride-earth

A Cold Start to a New Year

GEORGIA | Saturday, 12 Jan 2008 | Views [794]

Tom After a week of relentless and sometimes masochistic cycling covering almost 500km, we arrived in the snowy Georgian capital of Tbilisi on New Year’s Eve. At 2 a.m.   This wasn’t the way we would usually have gone about our journey. I prefer ... Read more >

Tags: Snow

Half A Year On (And They’re Sacrificing Sheep)

TURKEY | Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | Views [552]

Tom It seems far longer than 6 months - but at the same time it feels like we left yesterday! It’s an odd feeling, but I think I can pin it down to the fact that we have removed almost all trace of routine from our lives. I begin each day with little ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Dancing in the Dark

TURKEY | Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | Views [705]

The other day I was cycling towards Trabzon.  We went through a number of dark, ominous looking tunnels through the hills. I’m cycling along, and then there it is, another black hole. My blood pressure rises, the hard shoulder thins and squeezes me ... Read more >

Tags: andy, ride-earth

Gallery: Ride Earth Month 5

TURKEY | Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Cold Nights and Notes from Sinop

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | Views [565]

I smell pretty terrıble but I’ve got a fishing boat to go and sleep on tonight, and I just bought a new blanket which I hope will keep me warm as the nights have been uncomfortably chilly recently. Normally camping is a perfectly fine option for ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

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