New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 8 – Makarora to Wanaka

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 8 – Makarora to Wanaka
The neck - between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Also a tough climb.

Waking up in Makarora with the sun we were happy that the summer was not already gone again. We started early and cycled further on the Highway 6 in the direction of Wanaka. The street went along the beautiful Lake Wanaka. And after a tough climbing we could enjoy a stunning view over Lake Hawea. The landscape was incredible but…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 7 – Haast to Makarora

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 7 – Haast to Makarora
Stopping at some peak on our way to Haast pass.

We set our alarm clock early but at 6 in the morning a terrible thundestorm raged outside our hotel in Haast. So we slept one hour again and packed our things together quite slowly waiting at least for the thunderstorm to end. Finally, we could start in nice typical New Zealand West Coast weather - meaning rain 😉. We were…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 6 – Lake Paringa to Haast

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 6 – Lake Paringa to Haast
Mystic fog over Lake Paringa.

After a night with sandflies sounds all around us, these were waiting to get their breakfast from our bodies. So in the morning we prepared with lots of long clothes, woolen hat etc. to give them no skin to land on. But probably it was too late and we got already biten all over the body on the evening before.…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 5 – Fox Glacier to Lake Paringa

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 5 – Fox Glacier to Lake Paringa
Beautiful Lake Paringa. Quiet conversion campsite.

After the tough tour to Fox Glacier we had a resting day there and could relax a bit in the park, watch some birds and drink some well deserved beers. We went to bed early as we wanted to be at our next spot already at lunch to have time to enjoy Lake Paringa at a conversation campsite. Crazy bridges,…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 4 – Harihari to Fox Glacier

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 4 – Harihari to Fox Glacier
Our bikes at lake Wahapo.

Although the weather was awful in Harihari when we arrived yesterday, we had a bit of time to walk around and visited some public art in the small village. There was a park with self-made mosaics with pictures and written wishes on them. When we went back to our tent we saw the sign for Highway 6 saying that the…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 3 – Hokitika to Harihari

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 3 – Hokitika to Harihari
Our tent after the heavy rain in Harihari - the floods are already gone.

The day before the third stage of our tour we had a wonderful rest day in Hokitika. We visited the coast side and the little town, saw a lot of gulls and dead wood at the beach. We also had a nice lunch in a restaurant with lots of vegan options including gluten-free stuff. In the evening we cooked a…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 2 – Kumara to Hokitika

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 2 – Kumara to Hokitika
Weka inspecting front wheel of Alinas bike. Maybe he found something to complain about.

After a relaxing night we saw the results of the sandflies visits in the morning during breakfast - itching all over the skin. But it was not too bad and of course the West Coast Wilderness Trail was waiting for us. So we had an early start from Kumara. After some forest parts we cycled around the Kapitea Reservoir and…

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New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 1 – Greymouth to Kumara

New Zealand 2019/20 Stage 1 – Greymouth to Kumara
Bridge on the West Coast Wilderness Trail over a gorge in the jungle.

Before we started our tour we had to transfer our Natural High rental bikes from Christchurch to Greymouth. Actually meaning at first we had to get used to left-hand traffic and also to the narrow streets. Even if we had some nice views during our ride over to the West Coast, we were glad when we arrived safely and started…

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Overnighter Seligenstadt/Karlstein am Main 2019

Overnighter Seligenstadt/Karlstein am Main 2019
View over the river Main in the direction of Seligenstadt.

Mid of October 2019 brought us still a bit of golden autumn. So it was the best time to do one last overnighter tour for this year. We decided to go to Seligenstadt, a small town between Aschaffenburg and Frankfurt (Main). We started from Heppenheim and followed more or less small paths, often good elaborated bike routes and sometimes also…

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Japan 2019 Stage 8 – Akanko to Kushiro

Japan 2019 Stage 8 – Akanko to Kushiro
Night feeling in Kushiro city. Lot of colourful lights and decoration.

Our last stage took us from Lake Akan to Kushiro. But before the start of the last trip we had our obligatory breakfast at a convenience store. This time it was at a Lawson and as always it included a variety of Onigiri, sweets and juice. We drove almost the entire distance on a straight road heading south. Akan International…

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