When is a book about cycling, not really about cycling? (Updated)

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After several false starts and essentially sitting on the project for nearly five years, I’ve just published my fifth book (my first non-business-related title).

So what took me so long? Well, I guess instead of going out and looking for inspiration, I just sat and waited for the words to come to me (they never did).

Follow the Blue Line is the story of my love affair with cycling in Portugal. This is something I do every year — but it took me a long time to realise that the act of cycling wasn’t really what the story was about.

It took the inspiration from the amazing guys in the photos below (who shared my last ride across the Algarve) to completely tear up everything I had previously written and change the direction of the book. I knew I was onto a good thing because, after years of being blocked the words just flowed out of me (writing into the wee small hours every night).

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Is it any good? I think so — but you can find out for yourself by checking out the free Kindle or Audiobook preview here.

The moral of the story is that more interesting things happen when you lead a more interesting life, so stop over-planning, analysing and thinking (dreaming) and start doing.

A huge thank you to lads hereby known as the Portugal Pie Eaters for helping me find the right path and getting the job done. Now, where are we going next?

Follow the Blue Line: Cycling the Algarve is now available on Amazon Kindle, Audible Audiobook and paperback editions.

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