About

For information about my forthcoming book on cycling Land's End to John o'Groats please go to the page entitled Mud, Sweat and Gears

Hello and welcome to my blog. I thought it would be nice to write about the things I like to do most of all: cycling slowly, walking aimlessly and boating when I can scrounge a trip. I used to own a narrowboat and am looking for another one so if you have one that you no longer want please go to the contact page.



I have a very old Dawes Horizon that I treat abominably and never clean. I would like to get a new bike but my bike and me, we go back a while and I am wary of having to start all over again. We got to know each other pretty well when we cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats together in 2009. I wrote a book about the journey called Mud, Sweat and Gears which will be out in March 2012.



I was born in Bristol, England, quite a long time ago. I have, along a somewhat shambolic career trajectory, somehow managed to collect a BA Hons (1st) in history/politics, a Diploma in Law and a First Aid certificate.

I currently live in Keynsham, Somerset with my daughter Anne and no pets since the hamster died and the cat moved out. (I don't think these events were connected although I cannot be sure. The cat was looking decidedly shifty, but then, cats always look like that.)

5 comments:

  1. Ellie,

    really enjoyed the book and recommending it to mates. Congratulations on a fantastic journey, particularly with all that rain!

    If you're interested in a little cycling history relating to Bristol, take a look at my brief blog: thanetsilverlight.blogspot.com.

    I don't have the time or energy to keep it up to date.

    The pub in my village, South Wraxall, does great beer, great food, has really friendly staff and even installed a bike rack in the front last year. Worth checking out if you're ever out this way.

    Best wishes.

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  2. Ellie,

    really enjoyed the book and recommending it to mates. Congratulations on a fantastic journey, particularly with all that rain!

    If you're interested in a little cycling history relating to Bristol, take a look at my brief blog: thanetsilverlight.blogspot.com.

    I don't have the time or energy to keep it up to date.

    The pub in my village, South Wraxall, does great beer, great food, has really friendly staff and even installed a bike rack in the front last year. Worth checking out if you're ever out this way.

    Best wishes.

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  3. Hi Bob,

    Glad you enjoyed my book, thanks for taking the time to let me know. I have enjoyed reading your blog - what a wonderful idea to take your bike 'home'. I was brought up in Bedminster and was fascinated by the history of your Thanet Silverlight, how brilliant. I had no idea they were made there.

    Is the pub in South Wraxall you refer to called the Long Arms? I have not tried it but will definitely put it on my must visit list. Hoping for more clement weather this summer than last!

    With all best wishes

    Ellie

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  4. Thank you Elle, I really enjoyed your story, I live in far away (for you) Tasmania, where there are a lot of hilly roads, but some very good bike tracks on the flat bits. Kathleen

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  5. Really enjoyed reading your book. You shared your travels with a lovely nice balance of fun and honesty, and I enjoyed learning about the history of the places along the way. I've gained some good ideas for my own tour next year and I look forward to breaking with my usual abstinence from alcohol whilst cycling.. I hold you responsible!! thanks Ellie, 5 stars all the way for me!. Richard.

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