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Pippa

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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/

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

Pippa

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #1 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:

αdαmsκι

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woollypigs

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2016, 07:50:46 am »
That's photoshoped :)

Pippa

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2016, 08:10:02 am »
We're in Marlborough. We've been wine tasting. Hic.  :thumbsup:

Tim Hall

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2016, 11:30:38 pm »
We're in Marlborough. We've been wine tasting. Hic.  :thumbsup:

Shocked.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

αdαmsκι

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2016, 12:30:24 am »
We are now waiting for the ferry too Wellington. Bye bye South Island.

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Mrs Pingu

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #7 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.
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2016, 10:56:01 am »
 :o :o :o

woollypigs

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #9 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.

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #10 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
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Pippa

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #11 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).

Pippa

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #12 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.

αdαmsκι

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #13 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 )

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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2016, 03:13:58 pm »
Cute little things, aren't they?
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2016, 04:45:53 pm »
Shiver!  :jurek:
'Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence'.

Martin John Rees.

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #16 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
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αdαmsκι

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #17 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)
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αdαmsκι

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #18 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.
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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #19 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.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #20 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.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #21 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.

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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #22 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.
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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #23 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.
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Re: Pippa and Adamski go global (and are tyredandhungry - well I am)
« Reply #24 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
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