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Hawkes Bay Cycle Trail

Hawke’s Bay Adventures: On the Trails

Merry Christmas (and now Happy New Year just about), and sorry for the major delay on blog posts! Wifi has been difficult to attain in the South Island and we are trying to catch up as best we can, so bear with us! Beginning in Napier: I write this to you all now as an […]

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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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Tauranga Fortnight

After returning to New Zealand proper from our trip to Middle Earth, we headed north to Tauranga and into Mount Maunganui to visit with our wonderful friends (and eventual NZ hosts) Al and Natalia. I’ve known Al since 2007 when our paths crossed on a sweltering bus ride between Bangkok in Thailand and Siem Reap […]

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Sayonara!

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Highlights from Shikoku

We spend three days biking from Takamatsu to Matsuyama (where our next ferry leaves) and are a little disappointed in the road conditions on the island that is supposed to be quiet and picturesque. We are heading through the industrial heartland where the big trucks go back and forth and it is harder going than […]

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Shodo Island

We couldn’t stay in Himeji forever, despite the great hospitality, and a couple weeks earlier (worried about making it all the way to Fukuoka in time), we had decided to ferry south to Shikoku, via Shodo Island, bike along the northern coast, and then take another ferry across to Kyushu (two of Japan’s smaller but […]

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Himeji: Home to Friends and Fugu

Leaving Osaka, compared to the expectations we had about biking through the city to Kobe, was a breeze. The primary barrier was now people and not cars; the sidewalks were generally crowded with humans and we were trying to be considerate as we rode along the sidewalks. Getting to Kobe happened rather quickly. We stopped […]

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