Our final stats

Tonight we fly back to the UK after leaving London in early January.  Since then we’ve cycled 11,000km across four countries (New Zealand, Australia, Canada & the USA) & ended up doing 113,000m of ascent (or nearly x13 Everests)

During that time we’ve camped for 140 nights (ie 20 weeks) on 117 different campsites

We stayed with 39 different WarmShower hosts for a total of 49 nights

Our longest day was 118km on South Island, New Zealand

The hilliest and hardest day was 1,570m of ascent on North Island, New Zealand

Philippa’s hardest day mentally was leaving Melbourne,

We’ve flown over 42,000km (LHR → SIN → CHC; AKL → MEL; BNE → YVR; LAX → LHR)

We drove 3,300km on our road trip from LA into south-west USA

We’ve visited ten wineries, a gin distillery and a beer festival

We (or rather Philippa) saw more dangerous snakes and spiders in the USA than Australia

We’ve both fallen off, Philippa just the once whereas Adam’s come off twice

Our highlights from each country:

Cycling past Tekapo Lake and Pukaki Lake in New Zealand

Cycling into autumn as we climbed up Dorrigo Mountain in Australia

Our overall highlight of the whole trip was the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise in Canada

The North Cascades Highway in Washington State was the best part of the USA

To see everywhere we cycled click here.

Red rocks and Vegas insanity

philippa-at-the-grand-canyonWe had a couple of weeks to kill before our flight back to the UK so decided to go and do something completely different: this involved a LOT of driving, some hiking in some national parks (NP), most of which were full of red rocks, and some chilling by the pool in the Las Vegas. We were also lucky enough to meet up for one final final time with the Aussies – hopefully see you guys in the UK or Oz at some point soon! I got to see a rattlesnake AND two tarantulas (Adam’s very jealous) and we think we had a black widow spider in the bed one night (and I had been worried about Australia where we only saw dead snakes). Continue reading