Visiting friends in Bratislava and Vienna

Visiting friends in Bratislava and Vienna

Two beautiful capital cities just 60km apart, and with the prospect of long chats with old friends it was going to be a fantastically relaxed week as I became more of a sightseeing tourist than a cyclist.

The end of the road, New Zealand

The end of the road, New Zealand

After cycling nearly 3000km through North and South Island New Zealand I was only 150km away from my virtual ‘finish line’ at a friend’s house in Waerenga. The highlight of this final leg of the cycle would be a training session

The Jewel in the Crown, New Zealand

The Jewel in the Crown, New Zealand

After hiking over the volcanic heart of New Zealand on the Tongariro Crossing, a hike that many consider to be the best 1 day walk in the country, it was time to get back on the bike and head for

The Volcanic Heart of North Island, New Zealand

The Volcanic Heart of North Island, New Zealand

A day off in a ski town, the Old Coach Road cycle track and a spot of hiking over active volcanoes on the Tongariro Crossing would be the highlights of my next few days on the North Island of New Zealand.

The road to Whanganui

The road to Whanganui

After a great few days in Wellington with Simon, Helen and the kids it was time for me to head out onto the roads of the North Island and make my way towards Auckland where I would be meeting my

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, would be my home for the next few days.  What better way than to explore it than with locals, and Simon and Helen had invited me to stay with them and act as my

Goodbye South Island (NZ)

Goodbye South Island (NZ)

Cycling buddies, pancake rocks, a spot of glamping, dangerous roads and my first abandon of the ride in New Zealand would mark my final few days on the South Island.  

The West Coast of New Zealand

The West Coast of New Zealand

Everybody had told me that the west coast was going to be a nightmare as I was going the wrong way, and the headwinds and rain would be brutal.  The Met Service weather forecast showed that I had a 4

Completing the southern loop (NZ)

Completing the southern loop (NZ)

After finally completing my week of off road cycling over mountain passes to Mount Cook it was time to finish the southern loop by heading to Wanaka to do a sky dive and then start the cycle up the west coast

The road to Mount Cook (NZ)

The road to Mount Cook (NZ)

Driving rain, wild weather, mountain passes and dangerous ducks and an almighty hangover weren’t going to stop me from my goal of getting to Mount Cook.

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