Skis and coyness

Thursday, February 27, 2003 Cross country skiing kicked my ass – I can go up, but not come down (except in a very undignified fashion). But I’ll be back, and it’s another load of kit for me to lust after. Work this week has been largely non-Canada related, as I keep my hand in with […]

Map wheels

Thursday, February 20, 2003 Got a funky digital map wheel that counts the kms for me. And there look to be many. The route is making itself clear to me, which is very satisfying if not a little scary. Still can’t quite believe that I’ll be arriving in Newfoundland in June, with so much other […]

Famine and Feasts

Friday, February 14, 2003 Despite nine years in Dublin, I’d never sat down and read a long account of the Famine. Good thing too, in many ways. After a couple of days trawling through the horror stories, I came to the conclusion that any book on emigration would only be about death, poverty and pain. […]

Routes you, sir

Tuesday, February 11, 2003 Finally feel I’m getting somewhere with the route. The latest book, Flight from Famine by Donald Mackay details the successive waves of emigration from Ireland to Canada, and from it there’s a pattern emerging that matches what looks like a good bike journey with a historical reason for being there. There’s […]

The Danger Tree

Thursday, February 06, 2003 Just finished one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The Danger Tree by David Macfarlane mixes family history, memory and research into a deeply moving portrait of Newfoundland and the effects of war. Three of his great-uncles died in the First World War, and with great skill […]

Haircuts and LA

Tuesday, February 04, 2003 Back after a weekend in LA – hence no blogging (must investigate some mobile solutions). Prior to my departure I went for a haircut here in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was in a jewellery shop – past the cabinets and into the back room with the chair. Robert did a […]