Hello my fellow cyber friends,

Now that G+ is said to be fazing out at some point, we can still follow each other on Twitter, if you use it of course.

It will be sad to say goodbye if it just closes and we lose contact, so let's follow each other on Twitter. Hey, just a thought. Steve My Account; https://twitter.com/StephenJohnPeel
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Last year when I slightly fell off the vegan wagon :)
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What Now for 2019?

I have started writing a book about my adventure. 3 pages in and just a few hundred to go :), but I'm in no rush so a couple of pages a week or so will suit me fine, it has to be just perfect or it won't be released. If it takes a year or 2, then so be it. I'm confident it will make great reading.

I have now started planning my new business. About 14 years ago I was looking at shop space and ideas to create a Nutritional Supplement business, but it was shelved due to other things taking my time. Of course it would have been a fantastic time to have started back then because the market wasn't as busy as it is right now, but it was still busy.

That said, I'm not scared to start a completely new business from scratch in a pretty full market, because it's all about who can provide high quality services and products at the right prices, and that will be me of course. I won't be putting something out there that I feel will be an inferior product, it will be quality or nothing. All supplements and ingredients will be sourced and created here in the UK from reputable suppliers and manufacturers so that I can be assured of quality control and that all necessary approvals have been granted.

The business won't be limited to nutrition, I will also be working on offering sports equipment and other items, online through my own website, E-bay and Amazon. I also hope later in the year to open a small shop in the heart of Liverpool city centre on Fenwick Street. Thinking about this while on my bicycle adventure, I planned ahead and Result Nutrition® is now an official Registered Trademark.

Yes, I'm starting another adventure, but this time it won't mean getting soaked to the bone or saddle sores, well not very often anyway. I will keep you updated. All the best for the New Year. Steve

The logo here is basically it, but it has now gone to a company to be cleaned up and enhanced a little for other formatting and labelling.
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The Final Day

I haven’t posted for a few days, but all I can say at this time is that for whatever reason I chose to book my flight when I did, it was absolutely the right decision, as it’s important that I’m home with loved ones right now.

While here waiting for my flight, I took boats to some of the local islands and they were truly beautiful. I even tried fishing but no luck again. I’ve carried my rod and tackle all through this adventure and never caught a single fish.

I went to the harbour to catch a ferry to Phi Phi Island and was told the ferry left at 9am and it was 11am. I said I’d just heard somebody being called to a boat for Phi Phi. The lady then said yes but that’s on a fast boat. I said I want a fast boat, I don’t want a slow boat! I just want to get to Phi Phi so can you get me on this fast boat please?

I arrived on Phi Phi and to be honest I really wasn’t too impressed. If I had just booked to be in Phi Phi and not seen Ao Nang and been around islands I would have been impressed, but to me it just felt like a big shopping center surrounded by beaches.

There are no taxis or tuk tuks or scooters to hire, so you either walk around or pay for boats to take you to the difference beaches or to the mainland. Sure, it’s very very beautiful, but I was quite happy to get on the boat that afternoon back to Ao Nang.

Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and New Year and here are just a few pics from the islands.
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21/12/2018
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“Should have gone to Specsavers” moment this morning.

Not me, well I guess me. I called into a butchers instead of a barbers for a light trim. Oh dear, Narong Barbers charged me 300 Baht for a not so neat trim, but it was my own fault because I showed them a picture of me with my hair exactly how I wanted it, and yes from this year not the 80’s 🙂. It was sort of like when you say something that gets muddled up, I think that instead of seeing me in my photo the “barber” saw Krusty the Clown!

So it was back to the digs at full throttle with my helmet hiding the damage. I hadn’t wore the helmet all morning but now was an even more important reason to wear it than a few dents in my noggin. A quick rinse and my own shears on it, and I can now pass for a $10 extra in the Walking Dead. The guys were super smiley and polite though, and even had their picture taken with me, which I’m sure they’ll get a giggle out of for a very long time.

Before all that though, I took a nice 25km ride up the coast to take these pics. It’s just beautiful here. I think my daughters and their boyfriends would love it here for a few weeks because it pretty much has everything.

Bars, restaurants, familiar fast food joints, great beaches and islands all around, and the whole place is basically on one big curvy road. It’s just the distance and time it takes to fly here that could be a problem for some.

Went out for a few scoops last night in a popular part of town, propping myself up at the bar on a stool, the owner of the bar from Sweden pulled up a stool next to me and we chatted for a few hours and had a few beers. Then it was back to my digs before midnight.
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17/12/2018
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Breakfast at my shabby :) digs this morning.
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Ao Nang
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Ao Nang Thailand

So it was pack up from my great digs at the River View in Krabi Town, throw everything in a taxi and go 20kms to my new digs before my flight out on Saturday the 22nd, and just chill and see the islands.

I could have easily cycled here, but it was important that I made it to Krabi Town to have had any hope of finding a bike box and get everything sorted at the airport.

Hey, digs aside, I’m right in the middle of everything, I’m in a great resort town in Thailand, and I feel extremely lucky. I’ll check the weather forecast for tomorrow to see if it’s worth a trip out to Phi Phi Island for the day on a boat from the beach.

If not I have my yellow Yamaha here in the pic to get me about to see some local attractions. Less than £3 to fill the tank from the warning light, and it’s nippy too. The other pic is the beach near the digs, which is quite special. I am ready for home though it has to be said, so roll on Saturday.
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16/12/2018
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Kit Part 1 – Rims – Ryde Andra

After 10,700kms of some pretty harsh treatment, I’m amazed these Ryde Andra rims have not fallen apart. Seriously, I have hammered these rims across all kinds of terrain and I’ve only had to replace 1 spoke.

The rear rim was built around a Rohloff 14 Speedhub, which I will talk about in another post, and so the spokes are actually quite a bit shorter than they would be on a derailleur setup. The shorter spokes add strength no doubt, and it was in the rear wheel where I broke that spoke. These rims were also designed to work especially well with hubs and electric bikes.

My rims are 700’s. I wanted this size because I had expected to be on roads for much of the tour. If I had planned on being on tracks and trails mostly, I would have picked 26” rims for even greater strength, in theory. But I like the look of a bike with 700’s over 26”.

Still, I have pounded these rims. Being a complete novice when I set out, early on I was forever catching kerbs, going down holes, cracks in the road, and all sorts of hazards that a seasoned cyclist would easily avoid.

A few times I hit holes and ditches so hard that I stopped dead, my gear flying out of my bar bag and me nearly going over the handlebars, and it usually hurt a fair bit too.

I would then inspect the front wheel expecting spokes scattered around the floor like pick-up-sticks. But no, nothing, not even a wobble. I was always simply amazed because the crashing noise was usually quite loud.

Add to my treatment of these rims, the fact that they were carrying more than 200kg with me and my gear, which is a massive amount of weight. I’ve rode gravel and sandy trails and some of the roughest roads you can imagine. I’ve braked hard and put these rims under tons of pressure as I’ve push up hills.

If you’re 50kg wet through and carry next to nothing in kit, you might be able to get away with a couple of hula hoops, so these rims could be overkill. Or they may be peace of mind.

I’m just so impressed with these rims. If you’re a bigger rider or you want to carry tons of gear in all sorts of conditions, or you just think you’re going to be giving them some rough treatment, I think you should look into Ryde Andra rims.
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Bike boxed, and it’s not even lunch time.

Last night after picking up my box, I started taking the bike to bits. I then washed all the parts in the big showroom in my room. I was surprised how much mud and sand came of it, and getting it down the plug hole took time too. It was an excess baggage charge right there.

I put it all out on my balcony last night to dry, then first thing this morning after breakfast I caught a cab to the airport to talk with Qatar Airways about the bike. All went well and the bike box is only 1.4m long and their limit is 1.9m, and it also weighs less than the suitcase allowance of 32kg at just 27kg.

I’ve got more baggage allowance too to allow for the other 15kg plus my carry on. They put a note on my booking on the computer to say I will be arriving with a bike box.

A couple of cheap cases from the local market purchased to keep things nice and neat, deep fried vegetables, a beer, and a mango smoothie and it’s now only 11am 🙂 I’m like a bloody whirlwind.

It feels strange with the bike in a box, it’s sort of sad because B@ll@cks (I named it) has worked so hard, only to be dismantled and kept in the dark. It’s been my companion for such a long time. But hey ho I’m going home hurrah 🙂, after some great pics of some of those stunning islands I’ve heard so much about.

Haha, I was just about to post this with a different picture until I noticed my reflection in the glass, sat on the edge of the bed in just a t-shirt. It was like looking at the last Christmas turkey in the shop 🙂 so I spared you and took another.
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