Now for a HUGE announcement!

In a momentous piece of life changing decision making, April and I are upping sticks from England and moving to TASMANIA! It’s not an overnight decision, but it’s certainly been a quick one! Our decade in the UK is finally coming to an end…


The wife and I have been furiously cleaning, sorting and packing up our belongings to get this move underway. Looking at all our stuff, it’s hard to believe we arrived in the UK with nothing more than a suitcase each containing our entire lives! We still don’t have much in the way of possessions, but it’s a damn sight more than before.

I’ve sold the car, packed all our belongings into boxes ready for shipping and made a good start on cleaning up the house. All but one bike is neatly packaged up for transport via sea and I’ll be relying on a Bike Box Alan to keep my Kinesis Aithein safe on the journey. It’s coming with me on the plane!


As a very rough guide, Tasmania is about the size of Ireland or if you overlay an outline of the island onto England it looks a little like this:


Population of England = 53,000,000
Population of Tasmania = 515,000

Apparently the area of Tassie I’m heading for is pretty hilly – there’s not a lot flat roads around the island. I’d better start preparing my mountain climbing legs!

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Steve Hellaby says:

    Hope you’ll continue your blog from Tas! Good luck & g’day mate.

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    1. Thanks Steve! I’ll try and keep this blog updated once I’ve settled. I’m fairly sure they have internet down there at the other end of the world…


  2. Sam May says:

    Shame you’re leaving us here in Blighty, but I wish you and April all the very best … and I look forward to seeing the posts of some proper hills :-)

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    1. I’ll do what I can! :-)

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  3. loneriderc1 says:

    Holy cow!!!!! Good luck in your new life, to you and April!!!

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  4. PedalWORKS says:

    How exciting! Good luck and keep posting.

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  5. bgddyjim says:

    Good luck! Too cool, man. And I’m with Steve, above…


    1. Thanks man! Gonna be quite the change of scenery!

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      1. bgddyjim says:

        Yep, but change of weather too. The summers should be much more enjoyable… if you like warmth and sunshine.

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  6. Going to miss you a lot mate. Thank you for being such a decent friend. :(


    1. It’s been a blast, hasn’t it! :-) #whatareboxescalled

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      1. Dude it’s been great… #differenttypeofdarkness


  7. nickgendler says:

    Looking forward to reading posts from Tasmania. Good luck with the new life adventure.

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    1. Thanks! It’s the start of a new chapter for us! :-)


  8. timcoveney says:

    Hey, wow – good move! We went there back in 2005 for a week or so, and it’s just the most beautiful place; especially up towards Cradle Mountain – Freycinet NP and Wineglass bay were pretty amazing as well – reminded us a lot of NZ, but even wilder and more cute creatures :-) Best of luck with the move and keep blogging – I’d love to here what it’s like to cycle there!

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    1. I went to Tassie when I was a teenager and absolutely loved it. Always wanted to go back so it’s finally happening! Our first holiday break will be to pop over to NZ. I’ve never been there.


    1. Thanks!! :-) Getting excited now!!


  9. cyardin says:

    Good luck in Tassie and welcome to Oz

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  10. RuthsArc says:

    Welcome to Tassie. A few steep hills and streets for you to cycle here.


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