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 […]

I have been really busy with work recently and have spent a fair bit of time in airports going backwards and forwards to Christchurch. Unfortunately, this tends to interfere with my daydreaming about cycling across lavender and tulip strewn idyllic landscapes and planning for the trip. I have however had some time to think about […]

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 […]

To date I have been preparing for the trip by looking at external requirements such as the bicycle and trailer, and the logistics of how it all might work. However, there is also the elephant in the room that I have so far avoided …. me. (I originally wrote me plus the Husband here but […]