Cycling, Hiking, Photography: A New Direction

You may or may not have noticed that there haven’t been that many posts in 2018. While I’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors in the countryside road cycling, bike packing, mountain biking, hiking, and photographing in Japanese mountains, the Australian countryside, or back ‘home’ in the U.K., the name Bike Packing Japan has often felt restrictive and has been something I’ve been unhappy with for about a year now.

Maybe I’m reading too much into it and nobody really cares but by calling the website Bike Packing Japan I’ve felt pressured into only posting bike packing related posts from Japan.

That’s a self-imposed restriction that I’m no longer happy with.

So there’s going to be a name change for 2019 – Outdoor as well as a larger variety of posts. Japan-based posts mostly, but with trips to Australia and the U.K. as usual, but also posts on hiking in Japan, camping, mountain biking… anything outdoor related.

There’s also a Japan cycling tour planned for early summer for a group of Australian cyclists that I’m looking forward to.

Chuo Alps
A waterfall…obviously
Mountain biking on a rindo road

Have a great 2019 everyone.

Cycled since I was a kid, moved to Japan in 2001, bought my first 'serious' camera in 2005. Spent the later half of the 1990s travelling in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines and wish I'd photographed a lot more back then.

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