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.


Our final stats from the USA

Distance cycled in the USA: 2,984km

Average day: 65km

Amount of uphill: 32,000m (or x3½  Everest)

Longest day: 108km over the Cascades mountains from Winthrop to Colonial Creek campground

Hilliest day wasn’t over the Cascade mountains but Monterey to Kirk Creek campground via Big Sur with 1,545m of ascent

Longest bridge we’ve cycled across: 6.8km heading into Astoria, Oregon

Number of nights camping: 38

Number of different state parks / state beaches we’ve camped at: 25

Number of WarmShowers people who’ve hosted us: 10

Ferries taken: x1 – Fort Casey to Port Townsend

Trains taken to avoid riding through homeless camps: x1 – Bayshore, San Francisco to Redwood City

States ridden through: 3 – Washington, Oregon & California

The route we took is here: click



Our final Canadian stats

Distance cycled in Canada: 2,217km

Average day: 67km

Amount of uphill: 25,300m (or just under x3 Everest)

Longest day: Yahk to Bayshore Resort on Kootenay Lake at 99.8km

Hilliest day wasn’t on the Icefields or Highway 3 but Sooke to Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island with 1,286m of ascent

Number of nights camping: 17, of which 9 were with the tarp of shame keeping us dry thanks to a cat attack

Number of Warm Showers hosts who protected us from bears & the rain: 13

Ferries taken: x9 – Horseshoe Bay to Langdale; Earls Cove to Saltery Bay; Powell River to Little River; on & off of Quadra Island; Crofton to Vesuvius; Fulford Harbour to Swartz Bay; Nanaimo to Horseshoe BayKootenay Bay to Balfour

Trains taken: x1 – Vancouver to Jasper

Bear sightings: 3 (x1 on Vancouver Island and x2 on the Icefields Parkway)

Alive snakes seen: x5 or so, which is 5 more than we saw in Australia!

Glaciers seen: Countless

The route we took is here: click

Canada map


Our final Australian stats

Distance cycled across Australia: 2,855km

Average day: 62km

Amount of uphill: 29,000m (or 3⅓ Everest) – that’s more than we did in NZ!

Longest day in Australia: 88km from Cann River to Bombala

Hilliest day in Australia: 1,450m of ascent from Valla Beach to Dorrigo

Number of nights camping: 33

Number of WarmShowers people who’ve generously hosted us: 12

Ferries taken: 10 (Raymond Island x2;  Husky Ferry;  Bundeena to Cronulla; Webbs Creek ferry x2; Wisemans Ferry;  Newcastle to Stockton; Nelson Bay to Tea GardensSettlement Point ferry in Port Macquarie)

ParkRuns completed by Adam: 9  Maribyrnong, Inverloch, Bairnsdale, Paramamta, Lakeview, Port Macquaire, Grafton, Varsity Lakes & South Bank

Rail replacement buses used to avoid dangerous roads: x1 between North Nowra and Kiama

Alive snakes seen: 0

Dead snakes seen: Half a dozen or so on the roads

The route we took is here: click

Melbourne to Brisbane

Our final NZ stats

Distance cycled across NZ: 2,880 km

Amount of uphill: 26,500 m (or x3 Everests)

Distance flown: 22,000 km (LHR → SIN → CHC and AKL → MEL)

Longest day: 118km from Omarama to Wanaka 

Hilliest day: 1,570 m of ascent between Anaura Bay and Te Araroa

Longest straight road: 18.4 km from Mayfield to Arundel

Number of nights camping: 51 (so more than 7 weeks)

Number of campsites used: 41

Most nights spent consecutively in a tent: 14

WarmShowers hosts: 4 (Fox; Greymouth; Martinborough & Pongaroa)

Ferries taken: x2 (Diamond Harbour → Lyttelton and Picton → Wellington)

Lifts given to avoid dangerous roads: x2 (Napier → Wairoa and Tauranga → Waihi)

ParkRuns completed by Adam: Hagley Park, Christchurch and Porirua

Combined weight loss: about 12 kg (7kg Philippa and 5kg Adam)

Tyres destroyed: x2 (both our rear ones have been replaced)

Insect stings: x1 for Adam­

NZ map.JPG


Some stats (as of 22nd Feb.)

Distance cycled: 2,034 km

Amount of uphill: 17,575 m (or nearly x2 Everests)

Longest day: 118km from Omarama to Wanaka 

Hilliest day: 1,080 m of ascent between Fox and Lake Ianthe

Longest straight road: 18.4 km from Mayfield to Arundel

Number of nights camping: 31

Number of campsites used: 24

Most nights spent consecutively in a tent: 14

Warmshowers hosts: 4 (Fox; Greymouth; Martinborough & Pongaroa)

Ferries taken: x2 (Diamond Harbour → Lyttelton and Picton → Wellington)

ParkRuns completed by Adam: Hagley Park, Christchurch and Porirua

Combined weight loss: about 12 kg (7kg Philippa and 5kg Adam)

Wineries visited: Six, and counting

Wine consumed: lost count (hic)

Overall route


Planning and booking flights

6644457In early October we booked a one-way ticket to Christchurch, New Zealand. We wanted to keep things flexible and hadn’t planned to book any more flights until 2016. That was until we discovered that to get into New Zealand we’d need to show an onward ticket, which meant we’d have to book some more flights. The first iteration of our plans was to fly from Auckland to the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, at the end of March & cycle from there to Canada,. We planned to book a flexible ticket from Edmonton or Calgary to London Gatwick with WestJet. Planning things was easy! That was until we looked into flying from New Zealand to Mexico; it would involve 15 hours in LAX. Oh, and anyone with any sense cycles the Pacific coast from north to south to avoid two months of headwinds.  Continue reading

Mallorca Day #5: Walking

DSCN2364Adam got up early this morning and rode out to the peninsular that juts into the sea near Alcudia. It was like a mini-Formentor, but at 8 o’clock devoid of cars and people. The sunrise made getting up early worthwhile. And it seems that Alcudia has an old part surrounded by walls, so it isn’t all just a strip of tacky bars. Then after breakfast we drove up into the mountains to go walking. Continue reading

Mallorca Day #4: Coll d’Honor

DSCN2310Today’s ride was a 50 km loop from Lloseta over the Coll d’Honor and through the beautiful little village called Orient. The weather was glorious; blue skies, sunshine, but not too hot. The Coll d’Honor isn’t a massive climb, and isn’t one of the famous climbs on Mallorca, but it’s worth doing because the road is really quiet, the scenery is different to more central mountains and the road passes through various patches of woodland. Continue reading

Mallorca Day #3: Sa Calobra

DSCN2288Philippa wanted a rest day, (achy knees – she’s old!) so sent Adam off to do Sa Calobra, which is probably the most (in)famous climb Mallorca has to offer. Adam couldn’t do it two years ago because he had had dental surgery the day before heading out to Mallorca and was not really allowed to push himself (and wasn’t allowed to drink G&Ts either!), so this would be the chance to do the climb. There’s lots and lots and lots written about the the climb. It’s used by the pros as a training hill (recognise any of those names on the Strava segment?). The road climbs from the fishing village of Sa Calobra, which is at sealevel, up to ~700m. (The sign at the top says 683m, but the Garmin Etrex 20 suggested ~715m). One of the strangest things about Sa Calobra is it’s a dead end road, so the only way to the start of the climb is by starting at the top and riding down the climb and then turning around and riding back up the hill. Continue reading