Good Morning Vietnam !

HANOI to HO CHI MINH (aka SAIGON)
 
Nobody told us Vietnam would be this cold! Hanoi, really did feel like the “Paris of the East”, with locals decked out in scarves and beanies, and cupping mugs of coffee in their hands. It was not quite the South East Asia we had expected, so after a few [...]

Bye China!

HONG KONG to HANOI
In many ways, our final leg in China has been the most memorable.
Soon after leaving Macau, we managed to get ourselves involved in an organised charity ride. Riders from clubs in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangdong were taking part in the 200km ride from Guangdong to Deqing. They were so [...]

The Tour de China continues…

HANGZHOU to HONG KONG
So this is what cycling hills feels like? It had been that long, we had almost forgotten. But by the time we reached Hong Kong, we were taking them on like mountain goats. It was hard work in the heat – up, down, up, down – after 120 kms, we stop, knowing [...]

The boys are back in town

HANGZHOU
Hangzhou – clean, green and actually really, really nice!?  Not what we’ve come to expect from Chinese cities, but the perfect setting for catch up with my long time army mates, Tim and Frank.  Chaperoned by our expert local guides, we ate, drank and kareoked our way around town.  The stunning West Lake, with its [...]

China from the side road

BEIJING to HANGZHOU
Hello! Hello! If only we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard that…
China – you definitely know you are somewhere different!  Cars, buses, trucks, scooters, electric bikes, tractors, even wheel barrows, come at you from every direction.  It’s complete chaos, but strangely, it seems to work – as long as you blow [...]

WARSAW to BEIJING
It is 6,404 kms from London to St. Petersberg.  To some, this may seem like a lot – there are shorter and easier ways – but this is the distance we covered, and what an incredible adventure it has been…
We cycled through 14 countries, following a mix of pilgrim trails, trade routes, alpine [...]

Get your motor running

BUDAPEST to WARSAW
They say a change is as good as holiday – and they’re not wrong!  Having Julia, Jim, Tim & B join us for the ride from Budapest to Warsaw, was a great reviver and a lot of fun!
There was no slacking though.  In just under two weeks, our bikie gang, crossed three countries [...]

VIVIERS DU LAC  to  BUDAPEST
Hmmm… Swiss chocolate!  Why does it taste so good ?  Even after 50 free samples at the Callier factory in Broc, we were no closer to the answer.  Now slightly ill, we concluded – it just does.  Room for one more Jess?
Free chocolate wasn’t the only highlight in ride through the [...]

TORINO, AMALFI, CINQUE TERRA & MONT BLANC
 
What an incredible week!  Our first stop was Torino, where Fabio, in expert style, hosted us at his parent’s house.  Antoni, Rach & Gabrielle also made the effort to join us from the UK.  It was a brilliant weekend.  As only Mama Cosenza can, we were treated to the [...]

Sun, Sea & Snow

MONTREJEAU to VIVIERS DU LAC
 
Leaving Montrejeau, we continued in the footsteps of our ancient Christian pilgrims.  Slowly, the peaks of the Pyreenes peaks gave way to flat (ish) farmland.  The sun came out, and the riding was blissfull.  We passed by the fairytale city of Carcassone, then crossed the stunning Alpilles down to the coast.
Riding along [...]

LONDON  to  MONTREJEAU
 With our long awaited visas in hand, we bid farewell to our friends and set off again on our bikes – this time in the right direction – towards Australia!  The weather leaving the UK, was not surprisingly, bloody awful!  But despite the cold, rain and blustery winds, we still felt a little [...]

LA PAZ to MACHU PICCHU
It is 8,205 km from Ushuaia to Machu Picchu.  Neither this number, nor our five month journey, will we ever forget.  South America was the dream and we´ve done it!  But we can´t celebrate too much – we still have Europe, Asia and Australia to go.  Afterall, it is a long [...]

Its a jungle out there!

ORURO to LA PAZ  (Inc  CHALALAN ECO LODGE)
La Paz – no guide book can prepare you.  Bolivia’s capital is set in a deep valley and sprawls out around you on every side.  How they keep building up the steep slopes is a real mystery.  Overcrowded mini buses choke the streets, hawkers sell everything you could [...]

What a journey!

SAN PEDRO to ORURO (via SALAR DE UYUNI)
So this is it, this is Atacama?  For some reason we expected more from the world’s driest desert??  Its vast nothingness seemed lost on us. Maybe it was the tiring 25km of uphill and constant headwind we’d battled from San Pedro that had left us a little jaded.  [...]

On top of the world

SALTA to SAN PEDRO (via JAMA)
Yeah baby!  Paso de Jama – we’ve done it – and have now well and truly earned our stripes as adventure cyclists!!  What an incredible experience…
From the get go, the challenge was on.  Leaving Purmamarca, we began the slow climb up the Cuesta de Lipan – 25kms of the most [...]

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

CHILECITO to SALTA
Do we enter Bolivia via Chile or Argentina?  The challenge of Paseo de Jama (4,800m) and the Atacama desert is calling us.  Should we, or shouldn’t we?  Likewise, we’ve heard the horror stories of the roads in Southern Bolivia.  Crossing the Salar de Uyuni though would be an experience of a lifetime.  There [...]

Not what we expected

SAN JUAN to CHILECITO
Ever tried to quench a thirst from a luke warm water bottle? You’d swear your drinking something else. You drink it because you have too. You gulp it down, wipe the sweat from your brow and keep on pedaling down a road that never seems to end. This is what [...]

Halfway to Peru !

ALGARROBO to SAN JUAN
What a great beach break.  Three days in Algarrobo really revived, and reminded us just how much we miss things like pillows and couches! We then spent a couple of days in Valparaiso, wandering the steep streets, riding the escalators and generally soaking up the colourful atmosphere of this famous port city. [...]

Life is a highway

PUCON to ALGARROBO (SANTIAGO)
We’ve made it! That was the feeling climbing over our last hill and looking toward the beaches of the Santiago coast. We’d cycled over 800kms in just 6 days along the Pan American highway to get here.
It was always going to be a tough ride – long, boring days, in the 2m [...]

The only way is up

VOLCAN VILLARICA
So, what should we do on our rest day? How about we climb a volcano?? Ok, sounds like a great idea!!
That’s literally, about as much thought, as either of us gave to climbing 2,847m up Volcan Villarica. To be fair, it’s not a technical climb as such, but for two Aussies more akin to [...]