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Photos of Middle Earth

Here are some of our favourite photos from cycling across New Zealand's North Island. New Zealand is a beautiful place... As well as the nice views, it has some interesting Maori history... They've got some great cycle routes, including old converted railway lines and the government is planning a path running the length of both islands. There are wonderful places for wild swimming too (in hot water!)... ... ...

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God Bless America

No more family. No more familiar faces presenting us with plates of delicious food. No more spending our days on a couch, in a car or by the pool. No more bed, no more mattress. No more anyone. It was back to how it had been for so long. Just the two of us. Two bikes. And a long road ahead. Southern California started with a wave of heat and a hail of hills. We'd slept by the Pacific the night before, next ...

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List of the World’s Largest Deserts

Can't decide what to do for your next expedition? Here's a list of the eight largest desert's on the planet taken from The Economist's excellent World in Figures. What are the largest deserts? Sahara Desert* - Northern Africa - 8,600km² Arabian Desert - South-western Asia - 2,300km² Gobi Desert - Mongolia & China - 1,166km² Patagonian Desert - Argentina - 673km² Great Victoria Desert - Western & Sou ...

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4 Easy Adventure Ideas That Anyone Can Try

"Adventurers" are always writing articles/stories and giving talks with the ostensible aim of motivating people to get out and do stuff for themselves. But the problems raised in response are often the same: people don't where to start and they don't have the time/money/expertise to get going. These are the real hurdles that any credible motivator needs to work to overcome. Here are four simple ideas for an ...

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10 Tips for Filming Your First Expedition

This article is part of a series in which experts in their field share their top ten tips. Today's advice comes from Leon McCarron who's excellent documentaries have featured on National Geographic and been reviewed on this website. You can see the rest of the 10 Tips series here. 10 Tips for Filming Your First Expedition by Leon McCarron 1. Find your story This might not be the same story as your trip, but ...

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We’re in America… what should we eat?

We are about to cycle across the southern states of the USA. This is the final leg of our bicycle journey around the world, and over the last few months people have been telling us how good the food is going to be in this part of the world. Food is a huge motivator to the cycle tourist and so we are pretty excited about what lies ahead. Since we set out on this trip, we've had a 'luxury pot': a separate ban ...

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37 Round-the-World Cyclists Share Their Kit Lists

We've compiled kit lists from 37 different long distance cycle tourers and put them all in one place: here. The cyclists all come from the Database of Long Distance Cycle Journeys (LDCJ)* . Of the 139 trips registered, 37 of them have detailed kit lists available online and they're all listed below. I'm sure you're not going to read them all right now but hopefully this is a useful resource for anyone think ...

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This Is What I Think About Adventurers

I recently sorted through some of my Opinion articles from over the years and drew out a few themes about expeditions and adventure. Here is a summary of my ethos with plenty of links... My strong view is that adventure need not require time, money or expertise. I don't have a major beef with celebrity expeditions (even if they sometimes undermine the efforts of others) but I do believe that TV makes expedi ...

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Why New Zealand might just be the most awesome country in the world

There are rocks in New Zealand which are just a few years old. By the time you read this, there might even be some which are just a few hours' old, should one of the country's many volcanoes have decided to wake up and shake up a bit. Geologically speaking, things are pretty new in New Zealand. Whoever you believe created the world, be it God or Terry Pratchett, by the time this archipelago was being develo ...

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Our Kit List for Cycling Around the World

This is a comprehensive list of pretty much every single item that Laura and I have with us, in our panniers, on our bikes and about our persons. We have written separately about particular areas of kit already e.g. wet weather gear, electronics and what we wore down to -20C. In the meantime, here is an unfiltered list. Questions and comments welcome as always. Bikes Ridgeback Panorama (with shorter stems) ...

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Our Secret Photos from Japan

Having a "best" country is daft but Japan is definitely better than all the others. We'd both visited briefly before this trip and were excited about the prospect of going back. It did not disappoint. But for some reason we 've kept them secret until now Here are some highlights: We arrived on the ferry from Korea: complete with on-board jacuzzi. Cycling through Japanese towns, it often felt like we were on ...

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The Top 5 Expedition Websites

There is widespread consensus amongst the wisest and most informed members of the adventure community about the one website that stands head and shoulders above all others and I remain grateful for their recognition. However, here are five other worthy adversaries to this website which I'd recommend to anyone interested in the world of expeditions which I've lifted from my Expedition Planning Resources page ...

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