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