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Fisherman at Kent Beach, Sierra Leone.

It’s been a long, long time since I wrote a proper blog here! For the last couple of years nearly all of my time has been taken up by my new work as a co-owner of an adventure travel company called Lupine Travel. If the name sounds familiar, it may be from when I was originally a client of Lupine in my old blog posts from 2012 about visiting North Korea for the first time, a very long time ago now!

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Hi all!

I’ve not posted to this blog in a very long time (sorry for this!), but I’m going to start posting updates in a few places for some projects I’m working on. I’ve just put together a little website detailing some of them over at jamesfinnerty.co.uk.

If you want to follow along with some of these projects directly you can also try the following, thanks for your support!…

Mailing lists…
My personal mailing list sign up
This will contain reports on trips I’ve done in a blog style format
Mailing list signup for my challenge to eat or cook a meal from every country
Recipes and restaurant reviews from the challenge

Instagram accounts
Eating Every Country
My Personal Instagram account

All the best!
James Finnerty

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After an 8 month hiatus the project to walk the length of the Thames has finally received it’s second instalment! It’s been tough keeping these regular posts going despite quite a busy period at my day job, plus the training for my upcoming 24 hour bike ride at the iconic Brands Hatch race track, but trust me they will keep coming!

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About three years ago a good friend of mine, Chris, and I began to hatch a plan to cycle from our homes in Hove, near Brighton, all the way to Paris. As with many ideas of this sort plans fizzle then re-ignite but finally we got off our back sides and put the trip together…

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Well this is certainly a rather late blog post. I’ve neglected these posts due to a particularly busy period at work but I finally decided to get off my backside and catch up on some writing. Before jumping into the write up of my latest excursion I’ll give a quick update on one of my long term projects…

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Well it has been far, far too long since I last posted. Quite a bit has happend, as you may have seen if you follow my facebook or twitter pages, but I’ve finally settled on my next little adventure…

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Well the first 28 miles of the Thames have been smashed out and I have to say it was much tougher than expected. Walking with a loaded pack and my heavy winter hiking boots (the most appropriate footwear I had for this) took it’s toll over a couple of days but it was great to be pushing myself on something other than a bike. Back at home (we’re splitting this walk into chunks to be a bit more practical with our jobs) my legs are still recovering a few days later.

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I’ve gone a bit quiet on this blog for the last month. I’ve been slowly working on a reflective blog on the bike trip (from London-Shanghai) but it’s taking quite awhile to get my thoughts down in a way that I am happy with. To tide this blog over I thought a little summary of my month back would be helpful for anyone wanting to take a long journey and are worried about the inevitable return. On top of that I’ve got a couple of plans in the works.

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The END!

The END!

Well I made it! 10,647 miles, 364 days, 20 countries and countless punctures. It’s a weird feeling, a mix of the satisfaction of achieving a huge goal as well as the relief of not having to strive for that goal anymore.

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The reams of hooker calling cards delivered to my hotel rooms daily.

The reams of hooker calling cards delivered to my hotel rooms daily.

I’m in Chinas former capital Nanjing with the final stint to the Bund in Shanghai being all that is left in front of me. It’s not been the most interesting week of cycling but Nanjing has more than made up for it with it’s rich history. A national holiday next week has thrown a bunch more problems at me, regarding accommodation in Shanghai mostly being fully booked, but as always I’ve got a plan…

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