Sunday, 20 December 2009

Trading my wool beanie for a cycling helmet

It is only a little over two weeks until I will trade the beanie that I'm currently wearing for a cycling helmet for some two months. It wasn't until a week ago that I actually thought about what it means to me, leaving home, family and friends for two months for a cycling trip through New Zealand.
I know the time will fly once I'm there, and the trip will be a thing of the past in way too short a time, but it does make in impact already. But I'm doing something that I've longed for for quite some time .. finally!
My motivation for doing the trip has also been given a boost, by viewing some of the Do Lectures' lectures (Paul Deegan's and Alastair Humphreys's lectures where quite inspiring), and by reading the book "Keerpunt Alaska" by Jolanda Linschooten. Just going out and doing something that I will enjoy, even embracing those moments that I know that will be hard.
By the way, this is also my test to see if blogposts via email do actually work ;-).

Monday, 7 December 2009

My own epic adventure


With my first long travel on a bike, at least longer than 2-3 weeks, less then a month away (28 days to be exact) I thought it was time for another blog update. A few people have also asked me how I have planned my whole trip, and where I am going to stay. Short version, only have general areas that I want to visit, and what happens in between is not planned.

The long version is that I used to have a fairly detailed route planned out, which can be found in earlier posts, but that my mind is set to just see how far I can get. Of course I want to see a few specific scenic places and towns, but I honestly do not know the road conditions and the traffic. With the Cycling guide that I bought a month ago I do have some more information on this, but I really have not found time yet to examine the routes and descriptions closely. One thing that I know, is that I want to make 75km each cycle day, and that I do not want to cycle each day. The plan is to make a number of dayhikes, such as the Tongariro Crossing and a couple similar hikes. It would be also sweet to go kayaking in NZ, either white water inland or sea kayaking near the coast; one of best areas for seakayaking seems to be the Abel Tasman National park or the Sounds area just north of Picton, but NZ has a lot of other places where I can paddle.

Another place I would like to visit, is Wanaka, on the South Island. Apparently this is the outdoor sports mecca of NZ, with a few walks and tracks through the Mount Aspiring National Park. This park is situated at the southern end of the Southern Alps, and has an attraction on me for its beauty and ruggedness. Take a look at one of the latest videos of Chase Jarvis and a video from Icebreaker, all shot in/near Mt. Aspiring National Park. Hope you get the idea why I wanna go ;-).