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Cycling Eurasia

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Good bye New Zealand, Ni Hao Taiwan.

We were quite apprehensive about arriving in Taiwan. After such an easy time of everything in New Zealand, it felt quite scary going back to a country that had a language barrier. Both verbal and written. Everything we had read… Continue Reading →


Feeling a little worse for wear after a night of Taiwanese liquor with our lovely hosts, we set off into Yilan for an easy days ride. It was warm despite the misty rain, and we cycled through the city to… Continue Reading →

Taroko Gorge and the big climb.

The east coast has been brilliant. We spent a while riding along the East Rift Valley, with the central mountains on one side and the coastal mountains on the other. We cycled through rice paddies and tiny villages, and everything… Continue Reading →

East coast

We started this week with a day off the bikes exploring Tainan, with lots of walking around, an afternoon nap, and dinner at an amazingly cheap canteen. And after a late start pressed onwards along the coast. We cycled inland,… Continue Reading →

A long climb

This week started with an excellent breakfast of pork buns and steamed soy milk. The food here is really good, when we manage to order! Then we cycled up to the earthquake lakes. We had a nice climb on a… Continue Reading →

Moving onwards

This week started off with our last days in New Zealand. We took a ferry from Gulf harbour into central Aukland, and spent the afternoon catching up with one of my friends from Bath, who I haven’t seen in nearly… Continue Reading →

Swapping two wheels for four

After a day off exploring Christchurch, playing scrabble and hanging out at Alec and Alison’s, we headed to the airport to pick up our Camper Van. There was a bit of faff as Jim figured out how to drive an… Continue Reading →

Arthur’s Pass

Continuing up the west coast, we joined onto the West Coast Wilderness trail. First this was a lovely quiet rail trail, which soon turned into some fun bumpy single-track winding through the forest. These brief escapes from the traffic and… Continue Reading →

The wild west

On our own again, we left Queenstown and headed north. We climbed the Crown Range Summit (1075m) again, from the steeper but much more interesting side. Steep hairpins at the bottom, and a very steep final drag. But again, lunch… Continue Reading →

Keeping up with Maggie

We have spent a glorious week with Maggie exploring Queenstown and the surrounding areas, doing lots of cycling and some touristy things! Initially we took some of the Queenstown trails over to Arrowtown, via Lake Hayes. We had a refreshing… Continue Reading →

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