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Title: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Pippa on January 14, 2016, 07:25:37 am
Most of you are already aware of our current whereabouts and plans. But this seems an appropriate location to put other bits and bobs.

Here is my report from today:
https://tyredandhungry.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/tales-of-the-unexpected/ (https://tyredandhungry.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/tales-of-the-unexpected/)

We are blogging on the same site so do follow that for progress. We will dip in here now and again too.

First proper day of cycling and camping tomorrow  :o
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Pippa on January 17, 2016, 07:31:45 pm
It is absolutely chucking it down here (Geraldine). There may be a small break in the rain this afternoon at which point we will make a 30km dash down the road to pleasant point where we should have the option of a cabin or camping. We shall see. Looking at the forecast once we get there we will be stuck there until Wednesday.

In other news, we found our bike lock keys at the bottom of a pannier  :thumbsup: We left the bike lock in Christchurch and bought a new one  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on January 22, 2016, 04:18:18 am
Sun!!!
https://www.flickr.com/gp/28028811@N08/51VD1J
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: woollypigs on January 22, 2016, 07:50:46 am
That's photoshoped :)
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Pippa on February 08, 2016, 08:10:02 am
We're in Marlborough. We've been wine tasting. Hic.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Tim Hall on February 08, 2016, 11:30:38 pm
We're in Marlborough. We've been wine tasting. Hic.  :thumbsup:

Shocked.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 12, 2016, 12:30:24 am
We are now waiting for the ferry too Wellington. Bye bye South Island.

Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 14, 2016, 10:40:51 am
Ah, reading your blog is bringing back memories.... glad to hear you're not in Christchurch just now though.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Jurek on February 14, 2016, 10:56:01 am
 :o :o :o
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: woollypigs on February 14, 2016, 11:08:38 am
Just read that it is part of the event that started in 2010, still going. We felt some of the aftershocks in Oct. 2010, I think about 5.4.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 21, 2016, 10:10:20 am
For anyone geographical minded here's our gpx trackogs all merged onto one map for South Island and for what we've done so far on North Island: https://goo.gl/rNgUch
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Pippa on March 21, 2016, 10:38:44 pm
Our time in NZ is now coming to an end and we fly to Melbourne tomorrow for stage 2 of our trip.

We are currently relaxing with friends near Auckland and will pack up the bikes today for the flight tomorrow. We've both had to replace our rear tyres as they were completely destroyed here over nearly 2000 miles. Then we will spend Easter with more friends in Melbourne, before setting off along the coast after Easter aiming for Brisbane by early June (we have a flight to catch from there so this is not a flexible target!).

Sad to be leaving the fabulous people we have met along the way in NZ (Kiwi hospitality is bloody amazing), not sad to be saying goodbye to some of the driving we've seen. A bit apprehensive about Australia; possibly the fear of the unknown and change, but also the known (snakes and spiders coupled with camping - eeep).
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Pippa on April 13, 2016, 12:27:14 pm
We've now been in Aus 3 weeks. We spent about a week in Melbourne with friends and then started cycling 2 weeks ago. We crossed the state border from Victoria into NSW today and tonight we are in Bombala up in the hills inland. We haven't come a direct route, taking 910km to get here, rather than about 500km.....bonus kms means more cake. Yay! We will head back down to the NSW coast tomorrow.

We've seen some pretty massive spiders so far (but only "fluffy" huntsmen  :o ) and a few shedded snake skins at the side of the road. We saw Koalas on Raymond Island. Plenty of roadkill kangaroos and wombats (they're stocky things aren't they!). Bombala is known for Platypi (or Platypus's?) but apparently they are probably hibernating now :(

The cycling here has been great - courteous drivers and mostly quiet roads so far.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on April 13, 2016, 12:50:47 pm

We haven't come a direct route, taking 910km to get here, rather than about 500km.....bonus kms

See the map here: https://goo.gl/rNgUch


We've seen some pretty massive spiders so far (but only "fluffy" huntsmen  :o )

(https://tyredandhungry.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/baby-huntsman.jpg) (https://tyredandhungry.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/img_1343.jpg)
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on April 13, 2016, 03:13:58 pm
Cute little things, aren't they?
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Canardly on April 13, 2016, 04:45:53 pm
Shiver!  :jurek:
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on May 17, 2016, 12:59:04 pm
We're in Byron Bay. On Thursday we'll be in Queensland and will spend a long weekend on the Gold Coast. Then it's two short days up to Brisbane and our cycling in Oz will be over. It's been bloody brilliant and IMO far better than NZ.

Here's what we've covered: https://goo.gl/rNgUch
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on May 30, 2016, 08:54:56 am
After 2,855 km we're now completed the Australian part of our tour (although we don't fly to Canada until Friday). It's been boomin' fantastic.  Before we left the UK I was excited about cycling in New Zealand but I've much preferred the riding in Australia.  There's been lots of small roads to explore, we've experienced autumn in the hinterland hills, seen loads massive golden beaches, visited lovely international cities (Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane), I've done ParkRuns every Saturday, we've interacted with some many friendly people, had loads of positive WarmShower experiences and improved our suntan.  Pretty much everything has been great, and we haven't even seen an alive snake.

Here's our route (click for more details)
(https://tyredandhungry.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/melbourne-to-brisbane.jpg) (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zCSd3DwG7a1w.kipyhbA8w-S8&usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on June 02, 2016, 03:07:22 am
Needed. A bike shop in Vancouver that'll build Pippa some wheels. We tried a shop in Brisbane but a week later they've not had the spokes (or rims?) delivered and we fly in 18 hours to Canada.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: The French Tandem on June 02, 2016, 07:18:29 am
No particular recommendation, but Vancouver is a very bicycle-friendly place, so finding out a decent bike shop will not be a problem.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 02, 2016, 08:01:00 am
Yes, lots of decent bike shops in Vancouver. I've asked a couple of PBP ancien friends living on Vancouver Island for good suggestions.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Ripio on June 02, 2016, 09:14:12 am
I'm baffled how that route can be better than New Zealand, but each to their own.
Having ridden both, give me NZ anytime.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on June 02, 2016, 10:52:32 pm
Yes, lots of decent bike shops in Vancouver. I've asked a couple of PBP ancien friends living on Vancouver Island for good suggestions.

Thanks Dave.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on June 02, 2016, 11:22:08 pm
I'm baffled how that route can be better than New Zealand, but each to their own.
Having ridden both, give me NZ anytime.

When in Australian we didn't get run off the road every day by the local drivers, tourists in campervans and mental logging lorries. Unlike New Zealand where the roads are horrific.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: SandyV on June 06, 2016, 01:26:55 pm
I hope Vancouver is working out well for you. I'm planning a visit to Yellow Jersey Ipswich on Thursday where I will let them know how disappointed I am that they didn't deliver for you!  All the best for a great time in Canada.
Sandy
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on June 18, 2016, 02:29:50 am
. I'm planning a visit to Yellow Jersey Ipswich on Thursday where I will let them know how disappointed I am that they didn't deliver for you!  All the best for a great time in Canada.
Sandy

What did they say?...
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on July 04, 2016, 04:34:29 pm
We've just ridden down the amazing Icefields Parkway that goes from Jasper to Lake Louise through the Rockies & over two 2,000+ m passes.  Incredible scenery, great hostel, fantastic ride: https://tyredandhungry.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/icefields-parkway-take-my-breath-away/

Some of you may know Kym Raffelt from Brisbane. We've been riding with his son for the past few days.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on July 18, 2016, 03:22:13 pm
Here's where we went during those 2,200km we rode in Canada. It's been the best part of the trip so far.


(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cnn8zq-UkAMEDlH.jpg) (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zCSd3DwG7a1w.kipyhbA8w-S8&usp=sharing)

https://tyredandhungry.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/our-final-canadian-stats/
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Hot Flatus on July 18, 2016, 05:55:55 pm
I drove the road from  Banff to Jasper in the winter, once. It was stunning.

(p.s BEARS!!!!)
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Phil on August 25, 2016, 12:49:01 am
Look who I found in San Francisco!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/pnweb/yacf/pippa-and-adam-on-market_zps6nmumbpz.jpg~original)
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Pippa on September 07, 2016, 05:57:06 pm
We've had a couple of weeks off the bikes, taking in some of San Fran, meeting up with Phil, having a BBQ with the Things and Phil, going to Napa, going to Lake Tahoe and hiking, sleeping in normal beds, cooking in a normal kitchen.

We're getting back on the bikes today, which will be tough after 2 weeks off. We have some company today with Thing2, yay. Just a mere 500 or so miles down to LA, which should take about 2 weeks at our current slow pace. From there we will do a road trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Monument and we will also go to Vegas (baby!) to stay in a pyramid and drink cocktails by a pool as a complete contrast to the last 8 months before returning home in early October.

I cannot believe we will be home in less than a month  :o
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: woollypigs on September 07, 2016, 06:07:06 pm
Don't you worry it will be a few more month before you have that home feeling again :)
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on September 13, 2016, 01:13:25 am
We left the Bay area six days ago and had a great ride with Thing 2. Since then it's not been good - too much fog, skank campsites and horrific driving. We're now in San Luis Obispo and need to get to LA but we may by done with cycling. We've got a rest day tomorrow and need to weigh up the options of cycling some or all the way to LA VS. train VS. hire car.....
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on October 05, 2016, 08:29:13 pm
It's the end. Tonight we fly home from LAX after a two week roadtrip around south-west USA including five nights in Vegas. The bikes are ready for their trip on another aeroplane.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CuBwLWYVYAAFmFe.jpg)

Here's what we cycled in the USA (click for a google map of our route)
(https://tyredandhungry.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/usa.jpg?w=660) (https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1w3j0vLUJ4Dy92ExS4MhDR0rVAbk)
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Ruthie on October 05, 2016, 08:45:31 pm
Time well spent, you two.  Safe journey!
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Hot Flatus on October 05, 2016, 10:14:03 pm
Your shit news is my good news.


Really looking forward to seeing you both.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Jurek on October 05, 2016, 10:18:58 pm
Your shit news is my good news.


Really looking forward to seeing you both.

^
This
Safe journey home.
Are you riding *home* (Pinner) from LHR?
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Tim Hall on October 05, 2016, 10:31:55 pm
Bonne voyage. Will there be drinks?
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: Jurek on October 05, 2016, 10:34:16 pm
Bonne voyage. Will there be drinks?
Lets hope so.


No pressure, eh?
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on October 06, 2016, 12:02:04 am
Yes, we'll have a drink at LAX and on the fight. Oh that's not what you meant..... Eh, dunno.

No, we're not riding from LHR. By the time we're off the flight and built up the bikes it would be rush hour and getting dark.
Title: Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
Post by: αdαmsκι on October 24, 2016, 03:23:08 pm
I've put a small selection of photos from each country into Google Photos albums.