A few weeks ago when we were camping at Goat island I discovered that what I’ve been calling ‘testing’ is also known as a ‘shake down’. An interesting man with a curious accent (Irish blended with kiwi and American, I think) was pitched next to us and we struck up a conversation about this and […]

Last weekend we went to Waiheke Island for the long weekend. We went over on our bicycles and stayed in lovely accommodation in Enclosure Bay. The ‘mission’ we had planned was to test out electric bicycles, as neither of us had ever been on one, and compare the experience with the common or garden variety. […]

I’ve been pretty busy writing my CV and applying for jobs this week so have not had much time for thinking about the trip but, in response to the findings from the Clevedon trip, I have researched and bought a new pair of sandals. This has thrown my footwear plan into a bit of a […]

We thought we would take the opportunity over the christmas holidays to get some good quality NZ dirt on our shiny new travel equipment, remove the ‘newbie’ look and do a ‘test run’ to figure out the finer points of the set up. We broke the task into a couple of different trips. Primarily because […]

There’s not been much progress on planning for the Trip this week as I have used all my none-working time for Christmas shopping, baking and decorating. I have slipped a little ‘Trip prep’ in where I can, however. I have added a little note in the Christmas cards to alert UK friends to our plans […]

Recently, I’ve been having some very strange cravings, an overwhelming desire to engage in activities that before now have never remotely appealed. So I thought I should come out of the closet and just confess…. I have a deep desire to stroll around stately houses and their gardens; appreciate their herbaceous borders, ogle at their […]

A few weeks ago I started a search for stylish yet practical waterproof clothing that would pack small for the trip. This has been a lot more difficult than one would imagine. Most of my google searches returned items that looked very much like ‘sport cycling’ clothing with all the standard ‘essential’ features of fluorescent […]

Following on from my last post, I thought I would tackle our gear carrying problem and subsequent resolution. The Husband is not a small man. One could say that he is someone who enjoys the good things in life and consequently ‘lithe’ is not an adjective that springs to mind. The Bromptons have a weight […]

I have come across several resources that list the clothing requirements for cycle touring. These generally list a capsule wardrobe (panier) of cycling specific, figure hugging items made of high tech fabric. Well actually, ‘figure hugging’ is a bit of an understatement, ‘spray on’ may be a better description. There are a few very scary […]