Uzbekistan: Generous people and colourful buildings
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Osh (Kyrgyzstan) to Andijon (Uzbekistan) The currency exchange in Uzbekistan was on the cusp of a reform – going from a black market norm to the banks taking back control. In the midst of this confusion, we decided that spending … Read More

Kyrgyzstan: The hilly Stan
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Kyrgyzstan: One of the most beautiful places that you’ve never heard of From Kazakhstan into Kyrgyzstan After exchanging the last of our Kazakhstan money (tenge) into Kyrgyzstan som, we set off into the morning glow of the sunrise towards the … Read More

Cultural learnings of Kazakhstan
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Zharkent to Chundzha   We set off later than usual on our first full day in Kazakhstan, but for good reason. Breakfast included in the hotel price, so wont complain there then. Breakfast was a good start. Then we got … Read More

Checking out of China
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China Part 4: Leaving China   Urumqi to Liangzhouhu We arrived midday at the brand new, shiny Urumqi train station after a night on the sleeper train. On the train, we were given the top bunk of a 6-berth open … Read More

To the Tibetan Plateau
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Cycling from Leshan to Lanzhou via the Tibetan Plateau (albeit the very edge of the plateau!) Leshan to Pengshan After waiting around for too many days, we wanted to get going and away from cities, but we had to start … Read More

The curse of the watermelon
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China: Part 2 Panzhihua to Miyi We had anticipated that finding our way out of the city would be a lot more difficult than it was, but it was a pleasant surprise. We also bought face masks to avoid choking … Read More

China China China
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China: Part 1 Indonesia to China The day before our flight from Indonesia to China, we popped to a bike shop and organised for bike boxes to be delivered to our hotel from the city. Instead of jumping in the … Read More

In search for a good cup of Java
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Having left New Zealand we got to Jakarta and instantly noticed a subtle difference. There were cars, trucks and motorbikes on the road – millions of the bastards! The first few days we spent trying to organise our visas for … Read More

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro River With our new 4 wheels, we zipped away from Auckland in our van towards Turangi with the bikes now resting in the back. This is where we would begin our next house sit. We stopped for the night by … Read More

Umukarikari Track Trail Run
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Umukarikari Track Trail Run Opposite from the main tourist hotspot of Tongariro National park and the towering volcanoes that dominate the landscape, are the Umukarikari Ranges. Scouring topomaps.nz looking for tracks that we could run we found the Umukarikari Track. … Read More

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