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 […]

This week circumstances have encouraged me to turn my attention to cerebral preparation for the trip. I am now officially ‘unemployed’. Having made the symbolic and real move of resigning from my permanent employment back in July last year when the Trip idea crystallised into a plan, I was then fortunate to have steady contract […]