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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A ride through Budapest, Romania and Transylvania

A loop ride out of Budapest heading SE then into Romania. Circling north around Transylvania and then west back to Budapest. We keep pulling over to admire the roof thatching. Floating bridges are probably common in history but this is the first one I have seen. Maybe they got sick of rebuilding a conventional bridge…

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A ride from Bangalore to Madurai

A ride from Bangalore to Madurai through Mysore, Coimbatore and Trichy. This is heartland South India. From Madurai we get the train back to Bangalore as there is no international airport at Madurai (in 2004) It is 2004 and bikes are THE way to get to work in rural India. Sadly, motor bikes are set…

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The Chhattisgarh ride, India

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 just west of…

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Kerala from Trivandrum to Calicut via Nilambur

A ride through Kerala from Trivandrum to Calicut via Nalambur. Trivandrum flower market. Pulling in the fish net. There were hundreds of kilos of fish in this one net. We are in the monsoon season. Not smart. Not again. Nov-March is best. Vikki about to enjoy a classic and delicious Keralan breakfast. They use a…

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A Tour of Los Angeles by Bike

A ride all over the LA region. I have to attend a meeting in the Midwest so I arrange to land in LAX and take several days there to tour around before locking my bike at the airport, leaving for a week, returning, finding my bike just where I left it (locked under a CCTV…

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From Warsaw to Tallinn

A ride north. From Warsaw in Poland to Tallinn above the 59th parallel in Estonia. Poland is best described as “variable” when it comes to cycling conditions. But there are undoubtedly good bits. The not-yet-opened-expressway continues for 10’s of kilometres. In Augustow a fellow bike lover shows off to me in the park. I’m on…

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Argentina Starting at Mendoza and Heading East

A ride across Argentina starting at Mendoza and heading East. Josh is going to be an exchange student here for a year so we thought we’d get acquainted with the country through a bike ride. Western Argentina is very dry but rivers coming from the snow melting in the Andes have allowed irrigation to exist…

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