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Transnistria

Situated between Ukraine and Moldova, Transnistria is considered to be a part of Moldova, however it is an unrecognised state. It has a President, a population of 1/2 million and a military with 18...

Kyiv, Ukraine

I loved my time in this stunning and vibrant city. I spent over a week there exploring with my girlfriend Rachael. The old, classic metro was cheap and easy to navigate as it quickly took us around...

Ukraine Border

As I approached the border there were miles of lorries, vans and the odd car two abreast, stationary, queuing to get to the border. My instinct was to ride past and see what happens when I get to the...

Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania. The beautiful old town is situated at the confluence of two rivers, where there is a historic fort and cathedral. Having seen many capital cites over...

Housing First Europe Hub, Helsinki

One Cool Ride is about combining my passion for both ‘overland motorbike travel’ and ‘Cool to be Kind’, the homeless support in Chelmsford, England, I’m a founder member of. If you want to...

Nochlezhka, Homeless Project – St Petersburg (Film)

One Cool Ride is about combining my passion for both ‘overland motorbike travel’ and ‘Cool to be Kind’, the homeless support organisation I’m a founder member of. If you want to make a donation...

St Petersburg, Russia

A fantastic, beautiful, vibrant city. It is without doubt one of the great cities of the world. Wide roads, creative architecture, statues and art everywhere. Rivers, islands, grand palaces, cool...

NW Russia

Not for the first time I’m enjoying my time here. Having spent a week in the remote wildness of NW of Russia, I rode south from the Murmansk region to St Petersburg. I started out north of the Artic...

Kandalaksha, Russia

Having rode through the wilderness from the western border with Finland, when I found civilisation, it was like arriving in post apocalyptic Russia. Cloudy, raining, awful road conditions, old cars...

Russian Border

Russia is the ninth country I’ve visited on this trip, and without doubt crossing the very remote border near Salla (Finland) felt like I was entering a new world. I was aware that I was the only...

Norway

Garth and I spent 10 days riding in Norway, 1,500 miles (2,500 km) of blue skies, beautiful scenery and the odd reindeer. I hadn’t realised what a long way it was from Oslo to Nordkapp! From my...

Nordkapp, Norway

It’s a long way to Nordkapp, 1,500 miles (2,500 km) north of Oslo, and 700 miles (1,150 km) north of the Artic Circle. Is Nordkapp worth visiting? No! Is the journey getting there worth the effort...

Lofoten Islands, Norway

The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago north of the Artic Circle, in Norway. A modern ferry took us from the beautiful mainland to the islands, where the landscape and scenery is really amazing...

The First few Days…

I’ve been on the road about 4 days and my emotions have been all over the place! What started with anxiety as I packed my bike on Saturday morning, changed to happiness as many of my friends joined...

One Cool Ride – Preparation

I returned from my ‘Destination Unknown’ overland adventure in 2015; I rode 52,000 km solo through 37 countries. It was an amazing 18 months, and at that time I had no idea if I would do a similar...