About me

I started this blog to write about things I love and am passionate about.  It’s an eclectic mix of subjects but is mainly focused on Vespa and Lambretta scooters, travel experiences and street art.

My scooter life

I’ve been riding scooters since I was 16 and travelling to all corners of the country (and beyond) to meet up with like-minded souls.  I really love photography and writing so before Facebook and blogs were even a thing I used to upload photos and write-ups of scooter rallies I attended via my website, bluevespa.com.

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally, 2003, on my blue Vespa PX200E

Then Facebook became the way I shared photos but, having become disillusioned with it as a sociable way of life, I thought I’d resurrect the heart of bluevespa.com but write a blog to share other things that I get excited about.  I love looking at scooters and there are so many different styles, which are all featured in my scooter pages.

Travel adventures

Since turning 50, and becoming a freelancer, I can now take more time off work to go on adventures with my family.  The first of these was a fantastic trip to Toronto, Niagara and New York, and we visited California in April 2018.  I want to share our best tips so that others can make the most of such a trip, whether it’s a far-flung location or somewhere closer to where I live on the south coast of the UK.

Canoe Landing Park, Toronto, August 2017

Street Art

I have become somewhat obessed with street art, starting in Brighton, which has a vibrant scene which is always changing, as is the nature of this artform.  I seek out graffiti locations wherever I travel, and have written blogs about awesome examples in Toronto, San Francisco and Shoreditch.   I even had a piece painted in my honour, a set of angel wings in Brighton, which was an incredible surprise.

Cancer

Something I didn’t expect to be writing about when I started my blog is cancer, but having had a diagnosis recently I wanted to share my experiences.  I don’t want the subject to be talked about in hushed tones, in quiet corners, as it will affect half of us throughout our lives.  So although there will only be a small number of posts, the tales of my cancer diagnosis, surgery and beyond will hopefully inspire others who have had a similar experience or know someone who has.

Partnerships

The site includes affiliate links, for which I may receive a small commission, which support the running costs of the website.  I only link to sites which I have used myself and would be happy to recommend.    It is at no cost to you and the price you pay is the same as everyone else, unless I can negotiate a discount!

Unless otherwise mentioned, all of the products I review are bought by me, and my reviews are completely honest and unbiased.

If you’d like to work with me then visit my Work With Me page to see what we can achieve together!

Thanks for reading

Ali

PS The reason it’s called ‘Diary of a Detour’ is that I am in the Midhurst Detours Scooter Club, so am therefore a ‘Detour’.  It is also quite relevant for the travelling adventures I am currently arranging, many of them requiring a detour due to natural disasters and poor planning!