A lot has happened in the 6 weeks since we landed in the UK in April 2014. We’ve cycled around Greater London catching up with family and friends (ahem, couchsurfing — thanks to Kate and Anne). We’ve spent a considerable time job hunting and thinking about where we might want to live. I’ve been making up lost time on my road bike and XC bike, a nice change from the 35lb touring tank. But perhaps more excitingly, I have been sewing my own outdoor gear for my next microadventure — a short bikepacking trip in Brecon Beacons, Wales! More to come on that later!
It should go without saying that our funds are seriously depleted after 14 months travelling with basically no income. The stark and immediate change of being back has hit us like a ton of bricks and we’ve been a bit overwhelmed by the pressure to re-enter the world of ‘professional working life’. At times, we’re almost tempted to abscond back to the cyclo-touring lifestyle and try to stretch our remaining funds a bit further. On the other hand, we’re both secretly craving a home base of our own, at least for the foreseeable future.
Perhaps by some cosmic magic, we’ve both landed great jobs that we’re genuinely excited start in June. We’ll be moving into a nice little one bedroom house in Marlow with plenty of bike storage where we’ll be able to cycle to our respective offices within about 20 minutes. For this, we are feeling thrilled and uplifted after several weeks of suffering the post adventure blues. We’re now optimistic that we can strike the right balance between our careers and our desire for adventures by bike.
Perhaps it helps that we brought back the sunshine and the days are getting really long, but it almost seems like England is not quite as depressing as I remember it!
Making Some New Gear
Recently, I was inspired by some posts on the Bear Bones Bikepacking forum (BBB) and decided to attempt some more MYOG sewing projects: specifically a lightweight one-person tarp tent, a bug proof bivvy sack and a compression seat pack (photos below).
I am just waiting for a few bits to arrive from CRC tomorrow and then I should be ready to cycle down to Reading where I’ll catch the train to Newport, Wales. From there I will ride up up to Abergavenny and into Brecon Beacons for a week long bikepacking escape – perhaps the last chance I will have for a while, with the new job starting in June.
I hope to do another quick post with some more MYOG photos and my pack list before I pedal off into those cold, rainy hills!