A Country or a Big Mall

A Country or a Big Mall

Having made the decision that we would waste the better part of an entire day to country bag Andorra it would have been far better for us if the rental car had refused to start. We were spending a couple of nights at Mas El Guitart, a spa hotel in L'Hostalnou de...

The Only Way is Up

The Only Way is Up

The time being slightly after 8am during the week and having no espresso maker in our Funchal airbnb rental it was time for one of my frequent fifty meter walks to the local cafe and grocery store. It would have been far easier to fit in with the locals had I ordered...

Sweet and Juicy Pineapples

Sweet and Juicy Pineapples

Having just spent three weeks in Portugal the thought was why not continue in the Portuguese vain and hit the islands, beginning in the Azores before heading down to Madeira. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is located around 850 miles from the mainland and total...

Housesitting Portugal

Housesitting Portugal

Housesitting, whilst not an entirely new concept to us, was different on this occasion due it being our first overseas experience. We didn't intentionally chose Portugal but with neither of us having visited this European holiday destination before it made the sitting...

Vinson!

Vinson!

Nine years was far too long to be away from expedition style mountaineering and I was getting very itchy feet. Disappointingly I had missed out on the summit of Everest back in 2005 by a mere 1000', bouncing back three years later with success on Carstensz Pyramid...

Going Broke, The End

Going Broke, The End

Three years and six months after dropping $10,000 on Going Broke, a clean female 4WD Nissan Pathfinder, we happily, I mean sadly, no I really do mean happily, accepted Carmax's $1500 offer. South Florida may well be her final resting place. The premature grave was due...

Hawaii and the Asheville Six

Hawaii and the Asheville Six

Having more time than anticipated after hammering through the last batch of six highpoints we realised that the next six were still en route to Florida and all surrounding the city of Asheville, North Carolina. There was no excuse that during our week with a good...

Six in the East plus Utah

Six in the East plus Utah

Our love, (wait, did I say love!) for driving is once again taking us on a repeat route up towards Massachusetts, this time to bag more of those ridiculous state highpoints. Last time we were out this way we skipped six on the east coast as we were over driving,...

Fall on the San Juan Skyway

Fall on the San Juan Skyway

We are both feeling very fortunate to have gone from hiking the amazingly scenic John Muir Trail in California's Sierras straight to Durango and the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Even better was lucking out on some typical Colorado weather for possibly the...

JMT: Beyond Muir Trail Ranch

JMT: Beyond Muir Trail Ranch

With the likes of Forester, Glen and Pinchot passes behind us we assumed that the second half of the John Muir Trail would be plain sailing - wrongly assumed that is! The entire 220 plus miles are continuously up and down. In fact, for us the most difficult and...

JMT: 111 Miles until Resupply

JMT: 111 Miles until Resupply

Typically time flew by and before we knew it we were sitting having Chinese, excellent Chinese at that, in Lone Pine, California the evening before our big departure. Going Broke, our SUV, was patiently waiting for us at Mammoth Airport and all we had with us was what...

John Muir Trail Preparation

John Muir Trail Preparation

It wasn't until our short time spent in Yosemite National Park a couple of years ago, then hearing from a friend how amazing a hike the 220 mile John Muir Trail actually is that we started thinking that this sounded right up our alley. The seed was set, the biggest...

West of the Badlands

West of the Badlands

Continuing on from an out-of-the-way Iowa our route took a very direct west towards the Dakotas. We had driven this same road 3 years earlier and had been close to the places we were now revisiting for our state highpoint goal - just wish this had been on the agenda...

En route to Lake Superior

En route to Lake Superior

An early exit from the Tour Divide bike race allowed us to take a non-direct route from Kentucky to our month long housesitting job in Bozeman, Montana. It would also enable Andrea to complete her quest to visit all fifty states, an achievement that took almost 44...

55,000 Feet of Up

55,000 Feet of Up

Sitting here writing this I'm still kicking myself for not currently being part of the Tour Divide 2017 mountain bike ride! Then I look down at the swelling and feel the tingling in the fingers on my right hand. Then I stand up and feel the grating along the achilles...

Highpoints; the Next Batch

Highpoints; the Next Batch

Continuing on from a successful Spring hike to the summit of Colorado's Mt Elbert we went back and forth between either Utah or Arizona as the next highpoint. Utah's Kings Peak, it turned out had a much better approach from the north and would have ended up being a 5...

At Last a Proper Mountain

At Last a Proper Mountain

Since banging out four of the Northeastern Highpoints almost a year ago the desire had returned to knock off a few more. Hip resurfacing surgery and other travel plans stood in the way for ten months bringing us to now. Once again the decision to head out west was an...

Tour Aotearoa – South Island

Tour Aotearoa – South Island

Jumping onto the earlier ferry at 2.45pm was the way to go as now I docked in daylight and could enjoy the early evening hours as I pedaled towards Havelock. As usual, a couple of nice hills were in between Picton and the recommended Smith Farms campsite where I...

Tour Aotearoa – North Island

Tour Aotearoa – North Island

Am I up for a 3000km cycle ride, could my ass handle it, is my lightweight carbon hardtail mountain bike too light for the extra load, do I have everything I need - all questions I was asking myself whilst in England sorting out my late dads estate. I was definitely...

Tour Aotearoa Facebook Updates

Tour Aotearoa Facebook Updates

February 16th - Kerikeri, NZ All set for a 6am Sunday departure from Cape Reinga to Bluff. A little over 3000km from the top of New Zealand to the bottom! February 20th - Cape Reinga Lighthouse, NZ The beginning at Cape Reinga a little over 48 hours ago. 3000 km to...

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