Back home in Ireland for 2013

2012 was quite a year. A little over 12 months ago, I was living and working in Cambodia. I visited Burma for a week in February, getting to run around the famous Bagan Temples and the capital Yangoon’s streets. In early March I was off to Thailand to compete in the River Kwai Adventure Race. … Continue reading Back home in Ireland for 2013

Being Entertained in Las Vegas

I’d been on the road for nearly 2 weeks, bumming my way around US national parks. I’d hiked up mountains, biked across slickrock, ran across desert trails. I had wilderness overload. I needed some city life. I needed some entertainment. So when the Interstate 15 sign shouted out “Las Vegas”, I followed the signs straight … Continue reading Being Entertained in Las Vegas

Coming Close to Death on Slickrock Mountain Bike Trail

Moab is the place to mountain bike in Utah. Just as I arrived into this desert town, thousands of cars passed me by with mountain bikes strapped to their backs. They were coming from the 24 hour "Hours of Moab" mountain bike relay race that had taken place that weekend. I rocked up to Poison … Continue reading Coming Close to Death on Slickrock Mountain Bike Trail

Getting lost in Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab UT

Running around a park where a gang of horses died of thirst is always a bit risky. Getting lost in such a park is a really bad idea. Dead Horse Point State Park lies close to Moab in the US state of Utah. Cowboys used it back in the 19th century as a natural corral … Continue reading Getting lost in Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab UT

Incredible Arches National Park in Moab, Utah

Before I left for the USA, I got one serious recommendation. Whatever I did, I should go to Arches National Park in Utah. And for once, I did what I was told. And it has definitely been one of the best things I’ve done on the trip. I wandered in on Monday afternoon and drove … Continue reading Incredible Arches National Park in Moab, Utah

Hiking to Rocky Mountain National Park’s Sky Pond

“There could be snow up there. And you'll have to climb up a steep waterfall”. He looked at me with deep suspicion. “You know you need water, food, extra clothes, and proper shoes”. The Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger was trying to put the fear of God in me. And all I said was that … Continue reading Hiking to Rocky Mountain National Park’s Sky Pond

Cruising around Central Park, New York

A week of work in New York allowed me to check out Central Park for its jogging possibilities. I’m not a big city fan. But I had heard that Central Park is the perfect place to get away from the organised chaos of New York City. The first thing that struck me was how peaceful … Continue reading Cruising around Central Park, New York