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On Dit “Bonjour!” – Biking the Canal de Nantes à Brest

Equipped with the Matrix-level information download from Maxime that Bronwyn described in our last post, we set out to clock some serious kilometers on the epic Vélodyssey and see what we could see on our way towards Pontivy through historical Bretagne. Have we mentioned that it feels VERY Beauty and the Beast around here? Little town, […]

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A quick check-in on our way to Europe

We’ve seen Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia and it’s time to head back into the Northern Hemisphere… to Europe. Here’s a quick video reflecting on what we’ve learned now that we’re more than halfway through this year of travel.   Just a quick check-in!

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A Drama Reunion and What’s Done in Dunedin

On January 10th, we packed up and got going from the wonderful Food Farm in Amberley for a ride back into Christchurch to catch our ride down to Dunedin on the Intercity Bus line and meet up with Gillian and her boyfriend fiancé Marty, who would be hosting us for the night at their lovely […]

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A New Year in Christchurch

As we exited the TranzAlpine Train that we first boarded in Greymouth, we were struck by the warmth of the Canterbury Plains. Quite literally: there was a heat to the wind that actually felt like summer and it was wonderful. Between the train station on the west end of Christchurch to the the AirBnb that […]

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One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of Taupo’s destination adventures. A one-way trek shuttle and pickup is the mainstay business venture for a number of companies that operate out of Taupo; hundreds of enthusiastic outdoor tourists pay to have themselves taken out and picked up in order to complete the 19.4 km walk across the […]

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Kakariki – The Green House Effect

We managed to avoid detection in our nearly-private bush on the edge of Lake Taupo, but it felt like we should wake up early and pack up in order to avoid any unwelcome confrontation that might arise form our stealth camping setup. Looking back, Japan was really an easy place for stealth camping: a roadside […]

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Thermal By Bike, Part 2

We had thought we might go to Waiotapu thermal park but it was pretty expensive and we felt like we had seen plenty of thermal activity in Rotorua so decided to just get to Taupo (which was still about 54km away). We had a late start, stopped at a little cafe on the side of […]

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Thermal By Bike, Part 1

The next day, it was time to hit the road to Taupo, our next stop and first Wwoofing farm location of New Zealand, and we were lucky that part way was an actual cycle path: Te Ara Ahi, or Thermal By Bike. We had 37 km to our destination that night and the path was […]

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The Safest of Extreme Sports in Rotorua

So we were safely in Rotorua, exhausted from a crazy day and had plans to get up early in the morning, meet up with Al and Natalia and go zorbing! But we were both starving and hadn’t seen downtown Rotorua yet, so set off in the dark (it was dark by the time we settled […]

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A Series of Unfortunate Turns and a Rotorua Rescue

After our camper van adventure in the Northlands and our very restful and recalibrating stay with our friends in the Mount, it was time to finally hit the road and get back in the saddle again. We were both feeling pretty confident about the bike tune-up that we had gotten from a local bike shop: […]

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