Watching the final days of Team Oracle v’s Team NZ or biking the Heaphy Track? It was a big call for keen yachtsmen; but they tore themselves away and bravely entered the technology free remote parts of Kahurangi National Park to bike the Heaphy Track. Even if the weather gods in San Fransisco couldn’t help the Kiwi boat they were looking down on us as we biked up to Perry Saddle on Tuesday morning and kept the pending rain at bay.
Another mad bunch on their way to bike the Heaphy Track yesterday.
When Latham told Verity he was taking her on a surprise romantic holiday... she thought they were off on a Tahitian Island getaway - just the two of them. So you can imagine her surprise when she arrived in Golden Bay to join our Heapy Experience - a 3 day, 80km remote backcountry mountain bike adventure to be joined by Maria who had talked her friend Louise into leaving her husband and 3 small boys at home; and guides: Mandy and Bruce!
We have posted a handful of photos from our September Sichuan & Tibet Cycle tour on our facebook page here. We hope you enjoy them!
While the roads of Sichuan are generally very good, every now and again you strike roadworks. The issue it seems in China is that there is scant regard for anyone who needs to use the road while the work is taking place...
Christian churches, snow clad peaks, Tibetan herdsmen on motorbikes, gushing rivers, prayer flags in the breeze: this is Kangding. Somehow the incredible diversity of this town represents this part of Sichuan and the experience of our journey cycling through it. Kangding is " the gateway to Tibet", and we have come through the back door, down, re-entering China. The contrast is stark. Gone is the thin air, harsh sun and yak herders, replaced with verdant forests, impossible gorges and the increasing march of development. The traditional melting pot of Kangding is still thriving, but the ingredients are changing.
You can find a handful of photos taken on our last Kenya & Tanzania Cycle Tour August -September 2013 on our Facebook page here. Please enjoy them!
Food is a major part of Sichuan life and culture. It's certainly a integral part of life on a cycle tour through the region! It is always amazing that everywhere we stop, be it for noodles for breakfast or any if the many restaurants we frequent for lunch or dinner, the food is nothing short of amazing. Sichuan food is unique; hot, spicy with chillies and peppercorns. Somehow from this base comes an incredible array if flavours that makes every meal unique.
Baz and Gemma arrived back at Escape Adventures base in NZ on Friday. We got to have a night with them here in Golden Bay (and they kept us up way past John's bedtime), before they drove off towards Haast in their little black bubble-car - Gemma to chase baby kiwi in the bush and Baz to reenergize for his summer's guiding in NZ.
Where were you when you turned 22? Christian Davies 22nd birthday started with pickled cabbage and noodles for breakfast, cycled across the misty landscapes of Western China to Lushan village and finished with an astounding birthday cake with a candle that opened like a flower and fireworks! Once again China is full of surprises! Happy Birthday Christian!
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