Tag: adventure

A surprise holiday

Tags heaphy experience mountain bike adventure mountain bike ride Posted on 19/09/2013 by Mandy

Verity cruising the Gouland DownsWhen 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! 

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Baz and Gemma arrive in Nairobi

Tags African bikes adventure Posted on 08/06/2013 by Baz

Baz and GemmaYES!! Finally here after three months of waiting!! Gemma, John and I are sitting under a dark red African sky, enjoying an end of day cold Tusker (beer), after unpacking and assembling the new fleet of bikes that arrived today. The three months of waiting was for both Gem and I itching to get out here after meeting John and Mandy in February, and the amount of time it took to get the new bikes through customs!!!! John looks a lot more relieved now they're here!

The lights around the water we can see from the deck at the Wildebeest Eco Camp are just enough to frame the flat topped Acacia trees but everything looks different here to home; the evening animal songs are new too - everywhere you look or listen there are new sounds and sights, but a lot seems familiar too, like from books I read as a kid. Even the camels that we passed being herded down the red dirt road that leads to our lodge yesterday seemed both unusual yet normal!!

John's an old hand at this but Gem and I have been really excited about getting out here to start into our new adventure, and everything in the last three days since we arrived has lived up to our anticipation. Only three days ... already seems like much longer!! Today we're off to Rongai to finish the final touches to our big blue beast of a bus Joseph has been busy customising, and whatever new surprises the day has in store for us. We'll keep you updated (-:

Tutaonana, Baz

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