An urban tour of Washington DC

An urban tour. 10 days in DC with side rides to West Virginia and Baltimore. A bad start was arriving at Ronald Reagan airport and when putting my bike together finding my front disc rotor was badly bent. It took an extra half hour to get it rideable. This damage was done in Dallas Fort…

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A tour in Germany

A ride from Hamburg to Bodensee in the south. We ride through Podstam, Berlin, Dresden, Bayreuth, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Ulm. A first time for me in the old East Germany. At Friedrichshafen we visit Eurobike. We have digital mapping sorted out and are able to travel through forests, and anywhere google maps takes us. Amazing…

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A tour in Australia

A ride from Kununurra to Derby on the Gibb River Road. We flew into Kununurra, put the bikers together at the airport, stayed in a local caravan park and in the morning headed out on the tar before the turnoff to the GRR. Admiring the Cockburn Ranges. Note the corrugations in the road. An early…

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A ride across the Caucasus

A ride across the Caucasus between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea and up to Erzurum on the Anatolian Plateau. Having arrived in Baku on the Caspian Sea we head west across the desert country of Azerbaijan. The roads are good. Baku itself is awful for cycling but out of the city was fine.…

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A ride through Armenia and Iran

A ride from Yerevan, the capital of Armenia south to the Iranian border, along the border on the Iranian side to Jolfa, to Marand, Tabriz, Saqqez, Sanandaj, Hamaden, Arak and Tafresh. Then the bus to Tehran. Armenia is a poor Christian country surrounded by richer Islamic countries. Much of its prior land has been taken.…

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A ride in India

The Chhattisgarh ride. To get into Chhattisgarh we land in Hyderabad and ride up to Warangal on the first day. We then have to go SE for a day to get over the Godavari River. We stop in Konta, Malkangiri and Jeypore. Then in Dantowara, Basur and Jagdelpur. Heading north we arrive at a junction…

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A ride in Germany

A brief trip to Eurobike. Short of time I fly to Frankfurt, land early in the day, keep my bike in the box (that I have bought at Sydney airport), catch the ICE train at the station to Ulm, which involves change of train and platform along the way. At Ulm station they have lockers…

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A tour of western Costa Rica

A loop ride starting in San Jose, Costa Rica, mainly to see the Nicoya Peninsula, one of the world’s “Green Zones” (where many people live to be 100). Crossing the gulf at Punta Arenas, around the coast, up through Nicoya, Playa Flamingo, Liberia, Casnas and back to the capital. First impressions count a lot and…

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A tour of Hanoi and its surrounds

A ride around Hanoi and surrounding districts. In the 2008-11 period Vivente had models with frame coupling. This is the Ritchey Breakaway and is, in effect, the same as the alternative S&S coupling. It is intended to allow the bike to be packed in under the 62” IATA limit for normal baggage. The trouble is,…

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A ride on the north island of New Zealand

We’ve resolved to do four tours in New Zealand over four January’s. This is the first. From Auckland, heading generally down the east coast of the North Island. Through the Hawkes Bay region, discovering a number of bike trails and eventually arriving in Wellington. It’s summer and fresh fruit is plentiful. Kiwi fruit here. But…

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