How would I admit to TPR that I had lost both of my fully-packed cycle panniers, one of which included our soap bag? I had no idea where I had left them along my solo route in the Scottish borders. I would just keep this misdemeanour a secret for as long as possible.
TPR was delighted to be reunited with me on Edinburgh’s Princes Street. This made it all the more difficult to come clean. However, eventually I bravely made my admission – which was inevitably followed by TPR’s fury.
My next cycle trip was also solo. I travelled to Japan to photograph the mountains. A further purpose of my journey was to study the practices around the upkeep of domestic water tanks. I learnt that on coming of age, every young Japanese man is assigned his own water tank, and then has a lifetime responsibility to keep it free of rust.