Our route so far…

For those of you wondering where we’ve been for the last 2 and a half years: Also, postcard maps of our route can be found in the our route section of our website. We’ve also added a couple of new pages including our favourite photos (more coming soon) and videos. Advertisements

The Great Auckland Bike Market

Jules, ever the organised one, discovered a bike market taking place in Auckland the Sunday before we were leaving the country. We had mountain bikes to sell, so we turned up, hoping for the best. There were hundreds of bikes for sale, so we added ours to the rack and went for a wander around…

Tour de Doom

On our way up through the North Island, we stopped in to visit Pete, a Fox Glacier Guide who’d just started guiding the Tongariro Crossing. Despite having walked the crossing every day for the last 5 days, he agreed to join us for a 3 day hike around Mount Ngauruhoe, better known to Lord of…

Final Fling

We finished work at Fox Glacier at the end of April, giving ourselves 6 weeks for a last big road trip of New Zealand before getting back on our touring bikes to start cycling again. We took Percy on his last long drive, with our mountain bikes, touring bikes, climbing gear, hiking gear and camping stuff…

West Coast Cragging

We recently discovered that there is actually some fairly decent rock climbing just up the road in Franz Josef. After a tip off from a few of the guys from work, and a shabby print out of the route descriptions, we thought we’d go check it out for ourselves.   We followed the Franz Bluff…

A White Christmas

Our second Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, and it still didn’t feel at all like Christmas, the days are so long and it’s even been sunny for more than two days in a row, so we went to find some snow to play in… We got a lift up to Chancellor Hut on Christmas Day…

A recipe for Pumpkin Cranblimey Cake

I’ve had a lot more time on my hands recently and rediscovered my enthusiasm for baking. Below is a recipe I worked out in collaboration with Tom Wilks (via email). It started off as an attempt to make a Thanksgiving cake, but has since just become my favourite cake. Note, if pumpkin is not your…

Ice Climbing

Another advantage of this particular job is that on our days off we can pretty easily pop up onto the glacier for an explore, in this case a day of ice climbing.         We warmed up on a few easy routes, then headed higher up to find a good crevasse to climb out of……

Weekends!

One advantage of having a job, is that we actually get two days off every week (a luxury we didn’t often allow ourselves whilst cycling). This does mean that we have to think of something new and exciting to do every weekend, and it does seem to creep up on us somehow, but we’ve had some…