Favorite Crazyguyonabike Journals?


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Like a lot of people on this forum I love reading journals on crazyguyonabike.com. So I was wondering what are your favorite journals?

Here are my top 5:

5. An African Adventure - There are hardly any journals about touring in Africa; this is my favorite one.

4. A Penny Farthing World Tour (My third attempt!) - The guy rides round the world on a penny farthing, what else could you want!?

3. Bike-about - Another well written account with superb photos; but the best thing about this journal is the problems the author encountered and overcomed.

2. A Honeymoon to remember - Another great journal about two newly weds on their world tour. Excellent pictures and writing.

1. A long ride home by Peter Gostelow - My all time favorite journal due to his brilliant pictures, great stories and impressive route.

jay clock

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Hampshire UK
OK, I love my own!! I often re-read them because they remind me what wonderful trips I have add http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/julian

Then this one http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=RrzKj&doc_id=4060&v=AO - a couple who independently started cycling across Canada, met on day 3, stuck together and by fell in love big time. Then headed off on bike honeymoon!

Victor Weinreber - http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/bikearthride got half way round the world, then revealed that a girl he met briefly in the US had so captivated him that he gave up to be with her! A great read

Cycle Chat's very own Cathryn - lovely as anything and writes beautifully. Richard is ok too! Full of enthusiasm! http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/TeamRamsden

A superb writer is Leo Woodland. And it turned out that after many emails I used to work with his wife. And I recognised his name from his doorbell in a tiny village in France (population about 100) where my parents used to live. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/Leo
Too many good ones to play favorites - some just the trip is fantastic -others are well written or have mega photos - a lot of the ones I like are by people who really do not regard themselves as cyclists but just thought it would be a good way to get about and you can see them falling in love with it as time goes on

Not a CGOB but I have been following http://www.goingslowly.com/ for some time now


I'm being lazy and won't post links but I've also been following Sam and Erin in a Honeymoon to remember, Jenna and Mike as picked out by Jay Clock, Ann Wilson, and Riding East. The latter seems to have come to a premature end:sad:.

Jenna and Mike's trip down through South America has really inspired me and I'd love to head down that way at some point.

rich p

ridiculous old lush
Far too many to recall. The ones that have been mentioned amongst others. As JC says, reading your own is a great way of revisiting those special moments and writing them up in the first place is a good way of embedding it in the memory banks.
It's essential, in my opinion, to have a good number of photos with a bit of human interest especially if it's wordy prose.

The first one that got me hooked was a trip across the US by a Kiwi after splitting with his girlfriend. A memorable moment where he was being chatted up by a redneck who liked his short shorts.
I like psmiffy's and jayclock's.

I like to take a look at my own on dull days - it never fails to get me thinking about the next time.

And on really dull days, I only have to look at Cathryn's smile - it gets me grinning back every time.

Oh, does she cycle as well?
I forgot to say but there are many that you just have to admire and marvel at their fortitude - but doubt their sanity - like the Canadians who cycled in snow blizzards for ten days


Nr Cambridge
psmiffy said:
I forgot to say but there are many that you just have to admire and marvel at their fortitude - but doubt their sanity - like the Canadians who cycled in snow blizzards for ten days

Rob Lilwall who cycled thorugh Siberia in winter ................ then carried his bike through the jungle of Papua Guinea :biggrin:.

There are a few well written and photographed journals on CGOAB. Each has their own unique character and style. Currently I'm into a few describing their travels in South America, although I keep up to date with journals in other areas of the world. It is a great way to see the world from the comfort and safety of one's keyboard and monitor.


Legendary Member
Jay and Phil, thank you for the gallant comments.

I love all the journals listed...I'll be really sad when Sam and Erin finish their trip, I think their journal is exceptional!!! I enjoy all the CC people's journals too, feels a bit more personal, doesn't it.

The one that started it off for me though was this one. I hadn't really ever thought of long distance cycle touring before I read this, one wet January afternoon with girl-flu and I was never the same again.


The authors did loads of trips and then disappeared. My theory is that they've had a baby too. That's my theory for everything these days.
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