A loop ride in Malawi.

A loop ride in Malawi. We rode to Sydney airport, bought Qantas cartons, packed and flew to Jo’burg and then Blantyre. We rode a 1,250km anticlockwise loop, via Monkey Bay, Nkhata Bay, Mzuzu, Mzimba, Kasungu and Lilongwe. Back at Blantyre we retrieved our cartons at the lodge where we stored them. Malawi is the sixth…

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A ride in Switzerland and France

A ride from Zurich south west trough Switzerland to Geneva and then down to the Med trough Grenoble and Provence to finally ride along the coast from St Raphael through Cannes to Nice. In this part of the world, in Google maps, the “Cycling” option really works. It makes use of tracks through forests, vineyards…

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An urban tour of NYC

A two week urban tour of one of America’s, indeed the world’s, great cities. The ride was timed to include the NYC Century, a 100-mile ride, organised by Transportation Alternatives (TA) that attracts thousands. It also included a four-day ride in Boston. It is very difficult to take your bike on the train so, on…

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An urban tour of Vancouver

An urban tour of Vancouver and the surrounds. Particularly looking at the cycling infrastructure and the level of bicycle use. A test ride with the Ritchey Breakaway Coupling system. The intention was to be able to pack the bike in a small enough space to measure no more than 62” (W+L+H). This is the limit…

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A ride in Turkey

Three of us fly into Trabzon which is the most easterly airport on the Turkish Black Sea coast. We head West to Istanbul. To get some variety, after Sinop we go up to Kastamonu on the Anatolian plateau and then West to Safronbolu. Then down to Eregli, then to the Marmara and Istanbul. There is…

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A ride in Iran

We flew to Tehran and got the bus to Tabriz where the tour started. We rode through Ardabil reaching the Caspian Sea at Astara. We then mostly followed the coast as far as Sari then got the bus to Tehran and spent a few days touring in Tehran before flying out. Climbing east from Tabriz,…

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A ride in Rwanda

After decades of wanting to ride in Africa, VWR has made a start in Rwanda, home of the Congo-Nile Trail. The trail is mostly on the Congo side. If you just ride the trail you don’t cross the mountain that is the actual watershed. But over a few weeks, we ride all over the country,…

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A tour of Hokkaido, Japan

A tour of Hokkaido, the big island at the north of Japan. We land at Sapporo which is Chitose Airport and do a 1,050km clockwise loop, ending up back at the airport. We’d stashed the bike cartons there but alas they were discovered and so not there upon our return. Perhaps not surprising. This tour…

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A ride from Zurich airport to Romanshorn

A ride from Zurich airport to Romanshorn, the Swiss port on Bodensee where the ferry departs for the German side and Friedrichshafen where Eurobike is held. Being from Australia I instinctively use the roads, and the signs on the roads, to work out which way to go. But here there are no cyclists mixing it…

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A ride around Bodensee.

A ride around the Swiss and German sections of the Bodensee. There are ferries crossing the lake in different places allowing us to vary the route. The towns are loaded with postcard scenery. These signs mean nothing unless we have maps detailed enough to show tiny places. Switzerland is tremendous for bike touring. Lots of…

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