Archive: August, 2013

Sichuan & Tibet Cycle Tour - August 15-29, 2013

Tags Sichuan tibet cycle tour Posted on 29/08/2013 by Brian & Clare

Bamei MonasteryWe have posted a view photos from our Sichuan & Tibet Cycle Tour which finished this morning on our Facebook page here.   We hope that you enjoy them!

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It can be very humbling to travel.

Tags Sichuan cycle tour China cycling Posted on 29/08/2013 by Brian & Clare

After dinner on our last night of our Sichuan Cycle Tour in Shangli in Western China, the team headed next door for a spot of KTV - kareoke! Amongst the laughter and fun was a very sobering moment about the value of travel. Some of the local young people who were cheering on the "performers" thanked us for travelling to their country and province. Why? Just four months after a major earthquake and very recent floods, the sight of western tourists is reassuring. For the locals we show confidence in them and their country. Those of us from Christchurch which suffered massive damage from an earthquake two years ago, understand. By being here we are saying "it's gonna be ok".

And it is. Our cycling journey through western Sichuan has been fantastic; hot sunny weather, smiling faces and many, many surprises. Jaiyo!

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All in a day's biking in Kenya

Tags cycling biking Kenya bike Posted on 29/08/2013 by Baz and Gemma & Joseph

Our own private and very social craft market; close encounters with giraffe, zebra and not too close with elephant; cycling 'on the surface of the moon'; and invites and genuine insights into Maasai homes and lives... all in a today's biking in Kenya!  Now we just have to get Jan to stay in her bike, Ed to stop spooking animals with his exuberant enthusiasm, and Nic, Mark, Sue, Bill, Jamie and Bill to keep at least three camera batteries charged a day!!  An incredible final trip of the season so far!!

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East meets West

Tags cycling cycle tour Sichuan tibet Posted on 27/08/2013 by Brian

Top of the passAtop the highest point of the trip at 4300m, we encountered a classic east meets west. The westerners (us) are cycling east, ready for our 2000m descent to Kangding . The easterners: this Chinese crew, are in the early days of their 30 day cycle tour 2000km journey to Lhasa. High fives all round!  From Brian and the team at the highest point of our Sichuan & Tibet trip. 

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Pics from Kenya & Tanzania

Tags Kenya Tanzania cycle tour Posted on 26/08/2013 by Baz & Gemma

Riding the old road from the historic town of Bagamoyo

Riding the old road from the historic town of Bagamoyo

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Record setting in the Rift Valley

Tags biking rift valley biked Ngorongoro Crater Posted on 26/08/2013 by Baz and Gemma & Joseph

Some personal records biking through the open savannah country into the Rift Valley yesterday. Sue, Mark, Nic, Ed, Bill, Jan, Jamie & Bill biked 94km to reach Mto Wa Mbu where we dinned out local style in the street side restaurant. Today is a rest day for the legs as we head into the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Baz, Gemma & Joseph.

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Bikers take a rest day in Tanzania

Tags bikers Tanzania Posted on 23/08/2013 by Baz & Gemma

Honey and Rosemary basted BBQ goat with arrowroot mash for dinner last night after an awesome day visiting Mkuzi School in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania. Our bikers are out chilling for the afternoon after their efforts dancing with the local kids! Joseph our driver/lawyer/mechanic/chef on top form!!
We'll try and send some pics from Arusha City.

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A week (so far!) Cycle Touring In Sichuan

Tags cycle touring Sichuan China cycling Posted on 23/08/2013 by Brian & Clare

The Dead Yak cafe in Sichuan

The team still suffering the after effects of exposure to extreme altitude after crossing Jiajinshan Pass....

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Kenya & Tanzania Family Biking Holiday July 27-Aug 11, 2013

Tags Kenya Tanzania biking holiday Escape Adventures Posted on 23/08/2013 by Mandy

Planting trees in the Usambara Mountains with the kids from Mkuzi School

Planting trees in the Usambara Mountains with the kids from Mkuzi School

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Cycling the Indian Ocean Coastline

Tags cycling cycle bike ride Tanzania Kenya Posted on 19/08/2013 by Baz

Gemma and the crew kicking back in Bagamoyo TownA beautiful sunny blue sky cycle into our garden beachside camp in the historic town of Bagamoyo today, being followed along by an enthusiastic horde of local kids on the backroads on our first bike ride of the trip. Nic & Edward, Sue & Mark, Jamie & (Wild) Bill and Jan & (Kiwi) Bill got to explore the historic town or snorkel off the beach whilst Gemma cooked up a delicious feast for dinner.... A great way to start our last trip of the season through Tanzania and Kenya, should be an awesome couple of weeks with a fun crew!!

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