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September 19, 2019

New Horizons

I recently tuned in to Season 5 of Gourmet Farmer, that show about Matt Evans, a big city food critic who moved to Tasmania and bought a farm. The intro reflects on his journey through each season of the show - the initial setting up his farm and learning how to grow food, meeting his wife and having a kid, buying a bigger farm, startin...

January 14, 2019

I'm excited to announce the launch of my new business - Follow My Wheel: Pedal to Produce Cycling Tours!

NEW BEGINNINGS

Just over 12 months ago I moved down to Bright in the Victorian Alps of Australia with no job, no house, 2 bikes and big aspirations to create a new life in the country with my husband Phil.

Well, I’ve had a brilliant 12 months! We’v...

July 24, 2018

2018  has been my first proper Winter in about 10 years. After living in Sydney for all that time I’ve come to realise that Winter in Sydney is not Winter at all. It rarely drops below 5 degrees C... and you may have to wear ¾ length knicks if you go out early, and huddle under a blanket when sitting at the outside tables at your local cafe...but t...

June 6, 2018

I was 500m from the top of Mount Buffalo when I came across a cyclist. Her head was down, her pedal stroke was sluggish and she looked like she’d rather be anywhere but on that bike.

I rode up next to her. “How are you going?” I asked as calmly as possible. I didn't want to seem overly chirpy and piss her off.

She grimaced. “Not that great.”

I ma...

January 2, 2018

This New Year’s Eve I went to bed at 9.30pm and have no regrets that I didn’t make it to midnight. Phil and I ate dim sum, drank a beer, sat in the garden and watched the sun go down while finishing off leftover Christmas pudding, then went to bed. Read all about our Tree Change to Australia's cycling capital here.

October 3, 2017

Have you ever been fixated on doing one specific climb? On my first tour to France, it was Alpe du Huez. On my first tour to Italy it was the Stelvio. For my first tour of Switzerland it would be the Grosse Scheidegg. There are more well known climbs in Switzerland than the Grosse Scheidegg. The Gotthard, Grimsel and Furka Pass are all mythical m...

September 19, 2017

Mas de la Tour is a top accommodation choice if you are travelling to the Luberon region in Provence.  This authentic 12th century country house in the heart of the ochre hills was originally part of the Sénanque abbey, near the villages of Roussillon, Gordes and Bonnieux. It has recently been completely restored into a lovely hotel with an excell...

September 11, 2017

Not much beats cycling around the Annecy region. Well, maybe eating freshly made nutella and banana crepes after cycling around Annecy. That might do it. Annecy is an alpine town in southeastern France, 40km south of Geneva. It sits on what is rumoured to be the cleanest lake in France, although I was told this by my Airbnb host so maybe this was...

August 27, 2017

If you are keen to get out on the bike and explore a new area there are a few ways to do it. Just ride and hope for the best. Try to find a local bunch to tag along with. Go onto Google maps and have a look at the roads in the area. Use the wealth of data accumulated by Strava to find the best places to ride. Over the last 10 years Strava has b...

August 21, 2017

I’ve been keen on cycling through Provence in south eastern France for a while now. In 2012 I spent two nights in Malaucène for the sole reason of cycling Mont Ventoux. However once there I discovered that the area deserved more credit than being the jumping off point for climbing the Giant of Provence. I found that the hills surrounding Ventoux we...

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