MAR
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Rethinking the Bucket List


Another variation on the " Guide" in the ZYCLING precepts, worth a listen
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MAR
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MISSOURI!

001Missouri! From a friend I met in SE Asia a couple of years ago, he supports his adventures by working as a logistics expert with that French emergency charity that I can’t pronounce.  
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MAR
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The Precept (2) of ZYCLING more fully explored

 2)  Leave at home your mobiles, cell phones , handies etc.OK I'll own up, I'm a bit of a Ludite, but the point of this precept is to start to explore the feeling of being alone when the usual distractions aren't around.But what's the point of that? I hear you cry....
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MAR
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The Precepts (1) of ZYCLING more fully explored

1) There must be no sense of urgency For most of us the idea of going on a cycle ride usually means a range of 10 to 20 miles with a destination in mind. For the handful of Round- the -World cyclist it becomes a way of life. For the Lycra...
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MAR
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The Precepts (5) of ZYCLING more fully explored

 5)   Recognising and Handling Fear.When we learn to stand up and take our first steps as babies, I imagine we must be fearless. That initial step followed by a fall on to a nappy padded bottom is fine, but what about those later more excitable steps into the arms of...
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FEB
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The zyclist and the Work Ethic (summer 2012)

Bike-Friday.jpgOnce again I’m on a Zen cycling adventure and this time it’s down the Elba river to Hamburg Germany. Using the Bikeline trail maps as a guide I started from Prague on the Vltava river which feeds into the Elba.   Bike Friday And what a start! Arriving rather bleary eyed after...
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Off and on the Saddle in Cuba

Thoughts about a ZYCLING trip on and off the saddle in Cuba and Costa Rica.  I’ve always fancied a visit to Cuba and experience life in a socialist country that has had such a complete revolution, not like some; what comes to mind is the one of 1776. According to Gore...
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FEB
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gratitude

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German blues, Dutch treat


German Blues--Dutch Treat -- Family treat--Swiss ReTreat --Loads of Books .......  January 2014 When I returned from Germany in September I came down with a bang. I think it may have been something to do with my slight obsession with WW2 , and my perception that some Germans are suffering from...
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DEC
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7) Being assertive

This is important when cycling on ordinary roads, but on routes like the www.eurovelo6.org and www.kartographie.de (an amazing mostly traffic free route from the Atlantic at St. Nazaire, France, to the Black Sea, Romania), you are able to forget the busy world and manic cars. But watch out for the Lycra-clad ‘Furters being more than...
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DEC
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8) Having an adventure by yourself

So, finally we arrive at another biggy- going away by yourself. Not having someone to share that wonderful market, or spectacular view. But don’t worry – there will be moments when you meet up with others to share the adventure, and you won’t fall into the trap of using your companion...
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DEC
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WWOOF

WWOOF
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms  There are a number of lists for this organization, eg. WWOOF UK , WWOOF independents, which covers a more world wide farm network, and Australia and New Zealand have their own lists. I imagine this would be true of the US though I haven’t visited their farms. Though...
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DEC
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SERVAS

SERVAS
SERVAS was initiated in 1949 by Bob Luitweiler, a United States’ conscientious objector. While traveling in post-war Europe he grew to believe it was possible to build a foundation for world peace by creating opportunities for people to meet and learn through visits in each others’ homes. During his travels he...
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DEC
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Ajahn Summedo

Ajahn Summedo
I have included in the package a book, called The Teachings of a Buddhist Monk. I got to know Venerable Ajahn Sumedho about fifteen years ago, spending time on retreats and when I was visiting one of my sons in New Zealand, I bumped into him at the monastery in Wellington....
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DEC
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Indian schools

  Traveling around India with a Brompton in the winter of 2012 I heard these awful stories about the corruption which is so rife, and in the very inadequate schools for the poor, the teachers often don’t turn up as they are so poorly paid. So when I met Jon Ellis...
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DEC
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Mag

Mag
  MAG Saves Lives. Builds Futures. A couple of years ago I arrived in Phonsavan, Lao, and visited the Plain of Jars, a still unknown mysterious ancient civilization that was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War. It happened to be on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  25% of it’s villages are...
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DEC
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SUSTRANS

SUSTRANS
  Britain’s National Cycle Network In the late 70′s a small army of committed volunteers spent three months constructing the first five miles of an old disused Midlands Railway track  into a cycling and walking path, which with many more route marked quiet country lanes became over 10,000 miles of pleasant cycling...
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DEC
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6) Handling competition

This is a strange one as we are so brainwashed into achieving. How many miles have you done today? How long did it take to get up the mountain and did you walk? What! You put the bike on a train!?"I must have the state-of-the-art machine and equipment." (The world renowned...
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DEC
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5) Recognising and handling fear

This is a big one. As soon as we are away from our comfort zone, we experience a form of fear which often drives us back to a position of the familiar. Now if you’re traveling in Canada and you see a bear up ahead,Or if you’re in the depths of...
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NOV
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EUROTOPIA

To teach longing, the longing to live in community, is an easy enough task because many people already carry this longing within themselves. This book can offer support on that path from longing to realization. There are many people who are entirely unaware that there are differently oriented groups which come...
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