So the big news I promised ….. officially announced … We’re going traveling on bicycles again! I suppose it was inevitable – once you’ve tasted freedom and seen the other side, it’s difficult to go back to the grindstone on a permanent basis. I’m sure it wouldn’t suit everyone but for me I prefer physical […]

Get Trello – this is an indispensable app for list making and staying on track. I mentioned this app in my last post but I have put it in again here as it has been so core to our bicycle travel preparations. Start early – as regular readers will know, we started preparations over a […]

It feels like spring this weekend and we’re coming out of hibernation. We have been quietly working away on a couple of things and have done very well with the saving and loosing weight targets. I now have significantly more money and less husband than a few months ago – good result! We still have […]

Woo Hoo! It’s actually happening. Yesterday we booked the flights 🙂 It took a ridiculous amount of time to sort out the route and also the actual flights. There are a bewildering array of possibilities, on top of pivotal little rules and restrictions and ‘not availables’ that block the perfect plan at almost every turn. […]

I got a bit preoccupied with organising my electric bike creation last weekend so I put off writing up the Queens Birthday Coromandel trip until now – pretty slack, I know! The trip started off quite unpromisingly as we decided to go the scenic route and got snarled up in the most horrendous traffic jam. […]

Hamilton is excellent!  …. which was quite a surprise because the general response to our travel plans was “why?”, or “oh dear” closely followed by “why?”. To answer this question I have been explaining about the gear shake down and the availability of a train plus hotel plus campground. However, I can now also add […]

Last weekend we went to Leigh for three days to break in the new stove and cooking pots. We hired a car to get there and to battle Auckland’s nasty 16 lane highway monstrosities that lie between us and the countryside.  This was a rare and fraught mission as our usual stomping ground is the relatively simple 6 […]

This week our thoughts have turned to technology. What will we need to take on the Trip to do the things we want to do? I have to admit that ours is a relatively technology-focused household as the Husband works in IT and of course I have a few blogs and such like, and my […]

This week I turned my attention to what this lunatic ‘gap year’ idea was going to cost us. I mentioned the idea of creating a budget to the Husband and he very quickly left the room. By way of explanation, he is afflicted with the not-so-rare male condition known as ‘formaphobia’. The syndrome manifests itself […]

I have recently found myself feeling a lot more .com than .co.nz, if you know what I mean. Before we settled in NZ, we always considered ourselves global citizens who did not really belong to any one country but who moved around to live in interesting places. If the city or country did not measure […]