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Erlebnisse rund um's Tandem von Rana Gilgen & Moritz Kobel

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St. Croix Falls - William O'Brien State Park - Minneapolis

Our tour ends with rain, art and a comfortable ride to Minneapolis.

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Miniature Lake - Danbury - Lewis - St. Croix Falls

After many meters of altitude on regular roads, relaxed cycling now followed on the Gandy Dancer Trail.

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Wedding weekend of Sigrid and Kevin

After four days on the road by bike, we took a break for the vow reneval of Sigrid and Kevin.

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From Gordon Dam to Miniature Lake

Pleasant ride through a vacation region with a very strenuous shortcut.

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Bennet to Gordon Dam

A day of touring with almost all types of roads.

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First real tour day in Wisconsin

After settling in, the new experiences really started.

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Short day stage

After settling in in Duluth, we drove to Superior as the first short day's drive.

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First days in the USA

In order to get used to the time difference and to prepare everything for the bike tour, we had first booked three hotel nights in Duluth.

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Rainy Lake Thun crossing

Get up early to wait in the rain :-)

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Short (pre) alpine tour

Instead of our planned tour along the coast of Estonia, we once again made a round in Switzerland.

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Passes tour through Switzerland

After the big tour in North America last year, this year we decided for an easy to organize tour in Switzerland.

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Zurich - Lenzburg - Moosseedorf

We really did it: we rode the tandem home from the airport!

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Samuel P. Taylor State Park - San Francisco

Last stage in North America with crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge!

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Bodega Bay Dunes State Beach - Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Many bikes and three tandems on the campground!

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Stillwater Cove Regional Park - Bedega Bay Dunes State Beach

Animal rich campsite!

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Gualala Point Regional Park - Stillwater Cove Regional Park

Dream bakery

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Manchester - Gualala Point Regional Park

Kitchens influence each other

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Little River - Manchester

Wellness afternoon with pine cone bombardment

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Cleone - Little River

Many cyclists on a too small square

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Standish Hickey State Rec Area - Cleone

Back over big hills to the Pacific Ocean.

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Weott - Standish Hickey State Recreation Area

Drive through a drive-thru redwood!

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Ferndale - Weott

Over steep roads back to the Redwoods.

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Trinidad - Ferndale

Beautiful coastal road and overnight stay at an expo site.

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park - Trinidad

Foggy cold day with moose.

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Crescent City - Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Back to the hills and redwoods.

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Gold Beach - Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Camping in the Redwoods

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Port Orford - Gold Beach

An American Kevin Breakfast.

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Sunset Bay State Park - Port Orford

Rain & Lasagna

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Honeyman Memorial SP - Sunset Bay SP

Long day over many bridges

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Beverly Beach State Park - Honeyman Memorial State Park

A lot of traffic on Labor Weekend

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Cape Lookout State Park - Beverly Beach State Park

Many meters of altitude and many kilometers

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Nehalem Bay State Park - Cape Lookout State Park

Very short 65km

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Astoria - Nehalem Bay State Park

Along the Pacific Ocean

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Lewis and Clark State Park - Cathlamet Marina

Long, busy car road to Cathlamet

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Elma RV Park - Levis and Clark State Park

Record heat!

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Twanoh State Park - Elma RV Park

The days are getting hotter and hotter.

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Kistap Memorial State Park - Twanoh State Park

Bathing in the Pacific Ocean

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Sequim Bay State Park - Kistap Memorial State Park

Longest permanent pontoon bridge in the world

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Ruckle - Victoria

Beautiful railroad trail

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Chemainus River Campground - Ruckle

Exhausting detour via Saltspring Island.

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Cedar Crove Campground - Chemainus River Campground

A dream delicatessen

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Miracle Beach - Cedar Crove Campground

An impressive family of cyclists

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Campbell River - Miracle Beach

Leisurely tour along the coast.

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Montague Creek Recreation Site - Campbell River

A day full of challenges!

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Lake Nimpkish - Montague Creek Recreation Site

Another beautiful day through the forest in the north of Vancouver Island.

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Port Hardy - Lake Nimpkish

After the long break we drove all day through the forest!

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Conrad - Skagway

Over the White Pass back to Alaska.

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Whitehorse - Conrad

Nice drive on the South Klondike Highway.

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Champagne - Whitehorse

Another ideal bike day with construction site.

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Haines Junction - Champagne

Drive to the First Nations Camp in Champagne

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Cottonwood RV Park - Haines Junction

Last rainy day for now with beautiful descent to Haines Jct.

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Destruction Bay - Cottonwood RV Park

Short drive along Lake Kluane to the beautifully located Cottonwood RV Park & Campground.

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Donjek River - Destruction Bay

Again rain, road works and headwind on the Alaska Highway.

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White River - Donjek River

First wild camping on our trip.

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Beaver Creek - White River

Lots of rain on the Alaska Highway.

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Northway Junction - Beaver Creek

From Alaska to Canada.

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Tok - Northway Junction

On the Alaska Highway we meet other tour riders.

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Eagle Trail Recreation Site - Tok

Very short day stage back to "civilization".

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Chistochina - Eagle Trail Recreation Site

Very long day stage until just before Tok.

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Glennallen - Chistochina

On the Tok Cut-Off to the beautiful Red Eagle Lodge

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Paxon Lake - Glennallen

100km Richardson Highway

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Tangle Lake - Paxson Lake

Lots of elevation gain to a nice campsite at Paxson Lake.

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Maclaren River Lodge - Tangle Lake

On the fourth day of the tour we crossed Maclaren Pass, the second highest pass with a public road in Alaska.

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Clearwater Mountain Lodge - Maclaren River Lodge

On the third day we continued on the highway to the campsite at the next lodge.

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Brushkana Creek - Clearwater Mountain Lodge

After the exhausting double first day of touring, we treated ourselves to a short stop at the next lodge.

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Denali - Cantwell - Brushkana Creek

First tour day - all inclusive!

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Excursion to Denali National Park

When planning, we considered for a long time whether we wanted to visit the national park ourselves with the tandem or a guided tour. Since the park road is a gravel road, for which we would have needed about three days, we decided to get to know the park comfortably.

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Trip to Denali National Park

From Anchorage, we traveled north on the Denali Star of the Alaska Railroads.

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From Munich to Lake Constance

After the stay in Munich we took the train to Kempten. From Kempten we enjoyed beautiful & quiet roads to Lake Constance.

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From the Bavarian Forest to Munich

After the quiet and shady Bavarian forest we drove along the Danube and the Vils until just before Munich.

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From the Upper Palatinate to the Bavarian Forest

On the first part of our summer tour we drove from Wiesen to Deggendorf through the Bavarian Forest.

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With the tandem in the train to the Upper Palatinate

The biggest organizational challenge on our vacations is usually the arrival/return trip.

 

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Our second tandem is here!

Since April we are the proud owners of a second tandem...
To keep our "normal" tandem and our recumbent bike species-appropriate company, we decided to expand our fleet with an AZUB Twin recumbent tandem.

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Indoor program / Sils - St. Moritz

Due to the bad weather we visited the railroad museum in Bergün and rode the tandem only a little.

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Zernez - Maloja - Sils

Strange weather after a wonderful breakfast.

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Scuol - Tschierv

Our first day on the Alpine Bike Route with cows and other bikers.

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Tschierv - Val Mora - Zernez

Ascent to the beautiful Val Mora incl. 200hm pushing and a rapid descent to Zernez.

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Our vision: Alpine bike with the tandem

For once again a vacation in Switzerland.

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Cochrane - McLean Creek

The route to the Bragg Creek region was quite different than expected....

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Banff - Bow Balley Provincial Park Campground

After what was probably our last day of rest, we started to leave the Rocky Mountains for Calgrary.

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Bow Valley Provicial Park Campground - Cochrane

A real rainy day for once.

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Lake Louise - Takakkaw Falls

A largely very nice route from Banff NP into Yoho NP.

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Lake Louise

After the efforts of the Icefield Parkway we made two exciting rest days in Lake Louise.

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The Saskatchewan Crossing - Lake Louise

First bear sighting before Bow Pass.

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Takakkaw Falls - Golden

Start in the rain and drive on the Trans Canada Highway (TCH)

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Golden - Radium Hot Springs

After we drove the previous day in cold and partly wet weather from the mountains on the busy TCH downhill, we faced the opposite on the route from Golden to Radium.

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Radium Hot Springs - Marble Canyon

After the rest day, we were looking forward to going back to the mountains.

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Marble Canyon - Banff

Back to civilization...

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Jasper - Jonas Creek

Our first "real" stage of the day consisted of the climb towards Sunwapta Pass on the Icefield Parkway.

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Jonas Creek - The Saskatchewan River Crossing

On the second day of the tour we passed the Columbia Icefield and Sunwapta Pass in strong winds.

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Jasper

Once in Jasper, we got to know Canada a bit and took a cable car ride up the town's excursion mountain.

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Journey to Jasper

The journey took a very long time, but worked out amazingly well!

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Travel preparation Rocky Mountains

Soon the time will come and we will start this year's summer vacation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Since we want to be on the road with our tandem, we are currently looking back on almost a year of preparation!

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Furka & Gotthard in October

After the onset of winter a week ago, we wanted to go once again with the tandem in the mountains in beautiful weather, before the passes are definitely closed due to winter closure.

The Furka Pass was due to the past warm days already free of snow again, at the Gotthard Pass but there was still "enough" snow on the old pass road ... Who loves his bike, who pushes :-)

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Basel - Lyon

We were not able to do our summer vacation tour this year until September.

Since we received too few registrations for the tandem club tour over the Brünig and the grosse Scheidegg, we converted the first two days of our tour to a tandem club tour.

Afterwards we drove "alone" through the Jura and along the Ain to Lyon.

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Frutigen - Adelboden

Very strenuous route to Adelboden.

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Entlebuch-Glaubenberg-Sarnen-Lucerne

Very nice route over the Glaubenberg pass.

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Tour over the Brünig Pass and the grosse Scheidegg

In order to organize a tandem tour in the fall, we wanted to drive parts of the route first, because the own impression despite accurate maps and elevation profiles can not be replaced...

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Trip to the Chutzen

Slowly it is time to stow the snowshoes, avalanche shovels and snow saws from igloo construction definitely until next winter and edlich be back on the road with the tandem!

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Tour south of Lake Geneva

On a beautiful Saturday and rainy Sunday we made a strenuous but beautiful tandem tour south of Lake Geneva.

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Summary of the tandem tour through Norway

To make planning a little easier for copycats, we have summarized some facts and tips about our tandem tour.

 

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Oslo and return to Switzerland

We visited Oslo and then started the long journey back to Switzerland.

 

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Journey to Norway

No one should claim that New Zealand is far away... It takes us about 51 hours to get to Trondheim...

 

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Stages between Ringebu and Oslo

The weather showed itself from the better side in the following days, when we drove again a little up and down...

 

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Stages Trondheim to Ringebu

On our first stages we got to know Norway in the rain.

 

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Nufenen - Lukmanier - Oberalp

We supplemented the sporty weekend tour over the Lukmanier and Oberalp passes from the tandem club with the crossing of the Nufenen pass the day before.

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From Kandersteg to the Aare Valley

Last beautiful weekend we rode the tandem from Kandersteg down to the Aare valley.

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Trip to the Emmental

After the rain finally stopped, we took another tour to the Emmental this afternoon and on the way back by train we loaded the tandem once in a tight space.

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Tips for travel preparation

The travel preparations for our planned Norwegian tour this summer turned out to be more time-consuming than expected. Therefore, we have now summarized some tips and tools for copycats:

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3 Pass ride in the Alps

We took advantage of a beautiful September weekend to once again experience a tandem tour with bag and baggage.

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Stopover in Hong Kong (return flight)

After a few hours flight we reached Hong Kong via Auckland.

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Overall conclusion New Zealand

From some notes and several drafts, we have now put together a summary for our whole trip.

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last hours in Christchurch

After the check-in we wait for our plane...

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Trip to Akaroa

With "light" luggage over the hills.

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Geraldine - Christchurch

Last days through the Canterbury Plains.

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Day and night in Lake Tekapo

Another day break with a trip to Mount John at night.

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Lake Tekapo - Geraldine

Short 90km to the edge of the Canterbury Plains.

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Lake Tekapo / Mount John

A hike up the local mountain of Lake Tekapo.

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Omarama - Twizel - Lake Tekapo

A short day stage followed by a very cold one.

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Wanaka - Omarama

Our "king stage" over the Lindis Pass.

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Wanaka for the second time

Since we liked it so much, we stayed a little longer than planned.

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Wanaka

Day trip to Puzzle World and Transport and Toy Mueseum.

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Arthurs Point - Wanaka

Drive along the highest paved road in New Zealand.

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Cromwell - Arrowtown

Headwind and rain!

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Otago Central Rail Trail

Three days of relatively easy tandem riding

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Curio Bay - McLean Falls

Hector dolphins become seals

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Milton - Dunedin

Beautiful landscape, steep hills

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McLean Falls - Pounawea

A strong tailwind accompanies us.

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Pounawea - Milton

We are leaving the Catlins.

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Slope Point - Curio Bay

Beautiful, rust promoting campground.

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Doubtfull and Milford Sound

For us once a vacation of a different kind. Two guided bus and boat tours.

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Invercargill - Slope Point

The tandem tour continues!

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Christchurch - Dunedin

With the tandem (in the car) quite fast southward.

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Accident

After over 3200km of accident-free tandem riding, the trailer of a truck caught us. But luckily we got away with bruises and abrasions.

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Abel Tasman Kayak

Something for the poor for a change! A kayak tour.

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Richmond - Westport

Fast through the rain! 225km in three days.

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Wellington - Picton

Capital visit and crossing to the South Island

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Picton - Richmond

First south island stages, partly with a lot of rain :-(

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Conclusion North Island

We close our first conclusion after 1759km of tandem riding on the North Island of New Zealand

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Napier - Tractor Tour

Two rest days - city sightseeing and a Gannet Beach Adventure Tour with tractor and trailer.

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Gisborne - Wairoa

Two day tour with overnight stay in Morere Hot Springs

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Napier - Masterton

Three day tour with a lot of wind!

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Masterton - Lower Hutt

Train ride from Masterton to Lower Hutt

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Wairoa - Napier

Exhausting two days with canyons, hills and a beautiful lake

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Tikitiki - Tokomaru Bay

East Coast driving style and breadcrumbs

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Oruaiti - East Cape

Beautiful route and tandem horror

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East Cape - Tikitiki

First rays of sun from 2010

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Tolaga Bay - Gisborne

New pedal position and police contact

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Rotorua

Christmas and Luge

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Rotorua - Ohope

Again over 90km, but with a lot of tailwind!

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Te Kaha - Oruaiti Beach

Short stage before a long and exhausting route

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Te Puke - Rotorua

Ascent to the plateau

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Waihi - Te Puke

Tire change and search with over 90 day km

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Tirohanga - Te Kaha

First rain stage

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Ohope - Tirohanga

Short stage and finally new tires!

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Cathedral Cove-Hot Water Beach

Small day trip to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

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Hot Water Beach - Whangamata

Windy tandem tour and a beautiful campsite.

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Coromandel - Hot Water Beach

Exhausting 80km with ferry crossing.

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Waihi - Gold mine visit

In Waihi we visited the last operating gold mine in New Zealand.

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Miranda-Thames-Coromandel

A short day trip and one with a first repair.

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Christchurch-Auckland-Miranda

After the car ride to Auckland and a day trip, we now rode the tandem for the first day.

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Kiwi BBQ

Last Saturday we went to a real New Zealand Christmas barbecue.

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our route planning

In less than two weeks we will start!

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Flight with Southern DC3

Today we were able to fly with one of the last DC3s certified for passenger flight.

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Windy 4.5 days tour

Actually, we planned a tour to Kaikoura, 180 km away. But due to the weather we had to shorten the tour.

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Hanmer Springs

On Labor Weekend we went to Leukerbad in New Zealand.

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Gebbies Pass + Summit Road

Last Saturday we did a very strenuous day trip over Gebbies Pass and Summit Road.

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TranzAlpine to Greymouth

As announced, we traveled by train last weekend from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west coast.

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Our tandem is here!

Finally we have received our tandem. But this weekend we have planned without a bike tour yet.

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Tour over the Port Hills

Last Saturday we did a tandem tour over the hills south of Christchurch.

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Food in New Zealand

frighteningly different but still somehow enjoyable...

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(almost) naked aircraft personnel

It is not as lurid as in the title... From the cool flight safety film, we only learned afterwards that the flight attendants and the pilot were not wearing uniforms, but were only painted. We didn't even see that on the small screen. This (real!) film is part of a "Nothing to hide" campaign of Air New Zealand. Unlike other airlines, everything is included in the price = nothing to hide. The link to the movie is in the article.

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Stopover in Hong Kong

After a few hours flight we reached Hong Kong via London. (Update on 20.09 : two snapshots added)

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Two days left until departure

The cantonal event is over. A lot of things are already packed up.

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11 days until the flight

Soon the time will come and we will fly off!

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Our plans

We leave for Christchurch in the middle of September....

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