As Katie Brayne and Carmela Snooks rapidly approach us from the North, Jutta and I now realise that once we reach Wanaka in just two days’ time (big and steep 1500-foot climb today looming over the Haast Pass), we’ll be just 300 km away from our final destination in Bluff. Given how we’re now able […]Read More Tandem TA with just 400km to go.
Incredible 206km cycling from Greymouth to Franz Josef Glacier in two days, and the clouds have just lifted. Eighty km first on Tuesday along the most amazing bike trail (West Coast Wilderness Trail) we’ve ever encountered, even on a tandem, And then a stonking 136km yesterday from Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier… …arriving in the dark […]Read More Franz Josef the Glacier, and 206km in two days…
Day one of Week Five of our tandem tour of New Zealand has brought us from Blackball right onto the West Coast, and the rain. Bearing in mind that this edge of NZ gets up to 18 METRES of rain a year in parts, it’s perhaps not surprising that we’ve finally had a soaking. […]Read More TandemTA Day 29, we reach South Island West Coast
Time again for Jutta’s view. Four weeks into our tour and one week on New Zealand’s South Island, it’s a good misty day, with my right calf and tendon strained, to take a day’s rest, put my leg up and put some reflections down. Luckily, my leg has timed this perfectly, keeping us for another […]Read More Four weeks into NZ TandemTA – reflections from the back
No sun today on Day 27 of our tandem tour of Aotearoa/New Zealand, but a rewarding, hard ride from Springs Junction through and over the Victoria Forest Park (between Mounts Victoria and Albert – I just wonder when they might have been named!) The 45-km pedal to Reefton is described by the Kennett Brothers in their […]Read More Nearly a month in now to TandemTA of NZ, 1800km and hello Victoria and Albert
Really enjoyable if slow 80km sunny slog south from Murchison today to Springs Junction, where we’ve been thrilled to meet Jonathan Kennett, organiser of the Tour Aotearoa and cycling his longest ever personal ride and thrilled how it’s going so far. See pic. Thanks modest Jonathan for an amazing, visionary project. Only six riders of […]Read More Meet the Tour Aotearoa organiser…
Tbe map of our journey so far…. https://connect.garmin.com/activity/embed/1071233209 Crazily beautiful scenery riding today, day 25 of the TandemTA, from HuHa backpackers 70km to Murchison in the mountainous heart of the top end of the North Island. Great to hear from the girls, Katie Brayne and Carmela Snooks, that they’re going fine up north, if at […]Read More 1000 miles down on TandemTA, and here’s our route so far