I never embark on a cycling trip without it. My journal is my most valued possession. I use it to record my thoughts and observations during my journeys and from this I create my blog posts and travel features.
When time is short and I need to cycle fast I sometimes have to abandon the journal until I reach the end of my journey. This usually means staying up late and writing up my notes, using my photos to jog my memory, which can be exhausting after a day on the saddle. I worry that I forget things, important things that could really make a travel feature shine. Even if I am in a hurry and there is something that happens or something interesting that I see I will pull over and write it down to prevent me forgetting.
I hope that my blogs and travel features are richer and more interesting as a result of my journal, my most valued possession.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.