Archive for May, 2008

The time is now!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Well, the last day of preparation is over and all that remains is to make some sandwiches for the first day on the road!

Finally┬áI am about to slip into bed for my last sleep before rolling away tomorrow morning on the first ride of our journey, my first fully laden journey, the maiden voyage you could say! The open road beckons and i hope my dreams are sweet tonight in a golden slumber… The time is now!

Posted by Daniel


Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Krista Bernard and Daniel Coward of RideHimalaya planning their trip across the world, from London to Lhasa

This is how we spent the last few months … hunching over computers, liasing with Rainforest Rescue, writing emails and sponsorship proposals, contacting media, building this website,,, I also even managed to finish the last draft of my book that I’ve been writing for 6 years!

Phew, thank goodness we’re getting on our bikes!

Posted by Krista

Ready to roll

Friday, May 30th, 2008

We’re leaving Daventry on Sunday 1 June,,, and aboard the ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland on Tuesday for a dark moon ferry ride!

I am very much looking forward to the adventure ahead, but hope that the sea doesn’t lollop and roll too much during our crossing.

Posted by Krista

Camping is so much fun

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Krista Bernard of RideHimalaya sleeping in her new Macpac sleeping bag

You may be thinking that this smiling photo was taken in Belgium, or Germany,,, or perhaps you are thinking that we have cycled as far as Romania already? But no! We are still delayed and have taken to camping in the back garden while we wait for the last piece of kit to arrive.

It’s been an incredibly long but brilliant delay as it has given us the chance to spend loads of time with Julian, Karen and Lee – Dan’s lovely family.

p.s. We’re happy to report that our new Hilleberg tent is large enough to house Dan and I – plus both of our bicycles!

Posted by Krista

Coming a cropper…

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Krista Bernard rides on this Koga-Miyata bicycle across the world from London to Lhasa for Rainforest Rescue

It’s the first time that I have worn SPDs (clip-in pedals) and I came a cropper on the way to Cropredy! Thankfully though, *friend bicycle* had a soft landing!

By the way, I’ve posted a new article, just published in the Daventry Express newspaper. You can find it if you scroll down to the bottom of our media page.

Posted by Krista

Leaving the old bikes behind!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Krista and Dan from RideHimalaya leave their old bikes behind

From our Daventry base we’ve been enjoying cycling through the local countryside that surrounds us here, while we make our final preparations ahead of travelling down to London from where we will commence our expedition.

We’ve been spoilt for choice of quiet back roads and gated farm tracks to test our new bikes out on. It’s been great for me riding round to all the old villages that I used to cycle out to when I was a kid with my brother and all my friends – with the added benefit that I can now enjoy a cheeky drink in a country pub. But I will be sad to leave my old bike behind, as will Krista.

Posted by Dan

Travelling light?

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

We’re due to leave very soon. I’m a bit scared – the unknown opens before us like a huge black hole – yet at the same time I feel incredible excitement.

We had a go at packing up earlier today to see how (and if) our luggage fitted onto our bikes,,, hmm,,, I have always been an advocate for travelling light, but seem not to have taken my own advice. I am sure that Dan and I will be shedding superflous stuff very soon (that may have to include the fishing rod, saw, radio, fold-up plates, stationary set, massage oils, but don’t fear outdoor enthusiasts – we’ll still be taking the barbeque and the sink!).

Posted by Krista