New Zealand Day 7: Castle Rocks, a spiritual center of the universe.

After my night out with the boys for New Years I was emotionally refreshed…if a little bit hungover. My original plan called for me to ride 70 miles up a massive mountain to go see Castle Rocks. Instead I opted to avoid another massive day into 20 mph headwinds and rented a car. The dayContinue reading “New Zealand Day 7: Castle Rocks, a spiritual center of the universe.”

New Zealand Day 6: New Years Eve!

Start: Ashburton Holiday ParkEnd: ChristchurchMileage: 63Check out the rest of the trip here! New Years Eve! I was planning on spending it in Christchurch, the largest city on the south island, and second largest city in the country. Despite all my troubles and missed mileage goals, it looked like I was going to make itContinue reading “New Zealand Day 6: New Years Eve!”

New Zealand Day 5: The well is deeper than you think.

Start: Lake TekapoEnd: Ashburton Holiday ParkMileage: 86Check out the rest of the trip here!Interested in taking a trip with us? Click here Lake Tekapo is a special place. The fields of thyme flowers, the pristine lake water, the mountainous backdrop; I felt at home there. Even though I had another long day ahead of me,Continue reading “New Zealand Day 5: The well is deeper than you think.”

New Zealand Day 4: 3 dogs, 2 alpacas, and 1 long day

Start: Kurow Holiday ParkEnd: Lake TekapoMileage: 97Check out the rest of the trip here!Interested in taking a trip with us? Click here I woke up early knowing I had a very long day ahead. From Kurow I would be riding to the gorgeous Lake Tekapo. The entire day was uphill and I would be gainingContinue reading “New Zealand Day 4: 3 dogs, 2 alpacas, and 1 long day”

New Zealand Day 3: A master class in gravel

Start: NasebyEnd: Kurow Holiday ParkMileage: 56Check out the rest of the trip here! I got an early start on day 3 after a comfortable night sleep in Johnny’s bunkhouse. I knew I was already behind schedule, so I hoped to make up some serious ground. As soon as I rejoined the gravel roads, I realizedContinue reading “New Zealand Day 3: A master class in gravel”

New Zealand Day 2: An introduction to New Zealand Gravel

Start: Letts GullyEnd: NasebyMileage: 60Check out the rest of the trip here!Interested in joining us on a trip? Click here! I woke up to a brisk morning on the slopes of the Thyme Hill Vineyard. My lackluster dinner had left me a hungry cyclist. Lucky for me, Inge had laid out a breakfast spread ofContinue reading “New Zealand Day 2: An introduction to New Zealand Gravel”

New Zealand Day 1: A beautiful feeling

Start: QueenstownEnd: Letts GullyMileage: 74Check out the rest of the trip here! FINALLY! After 24 hours of travel and a day of Christmas on the “beach,” the meat of the trip was upon me. Bicycle touring is a lot like driving. You need fuel. In my case that means coffee and all the food IContinue reading “New Zealand Day 1: A beautiful feeling”