La roue des rêves

 
 

New Zealand - Australia, 4th travel diary

Itinerary

Wellington – Picton – Nelson – Greymouth – Wanaka – Dunedin – Christchurch - - Sydney - - Bangkok

Kilometer ridden : 4’659 km

Itineraire

 

South Island, cyclo-paradise

The arrival by ferry in the beautiful coves of Queen Charlotte Sound has confirmed that it has ceased to tell us: the South Island is beautiful! A full team of dolphins even accompanied our boat in an aquatic dance of the most beautiful effect! Is put ashore under a radiant Sun. You could almost believe that a new continent offered to us and the little world that surrounds us almost makes us believe that we are the first to come. Sparsely populated, this island leaves a very large room for nature. The days that followed, we drive along the North Shore then go down (on the map...) the West Coast. A road stretching meandering on one strip 15km between the mountains of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. Very cut Coast we frequently has beautiful upgrades that offer us unparalleled views. And as to add to our fun, rain, which usually copiously watered the coast (near 8 meters of water per year in the South of the West Coast), took a few days of vacation.

 

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We pass rocks pancakes, geological formations really resembling pancakes towers reminiscent of the paradise of our Danish friend at all, Petzi. Then looming large glaciers descending from Mount Cook (3'754 m), Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, ice behemoths that descend at low altitude near the sea. They deflate however maddening speed but still offer spectacular mountain views for some time.

 

60. Pancake Rocks

 

Lack of fuel!

But in these moments of pure cycling pleasure, we are annoyed several days by a simple problem of fuel. We are always tired and almost munchies before the end of the day. While we move forward with difficulty, eliminates one possible explanation: brake, slow puncture, headwind, false flat amount, etc. And if we come to any conclusion probative, it remains the choice between cumulative muscle fatigue of the last days or a lack of power in the day. This last point is in this case the cause of our difficulty to finish days. We realize that it is related to the change in our eating habits. Indeed, we cook now every morning a portion of porridge for our lunch. And it is that despite the impressive volume, the energy content is largely insufficient. Then we double the morning portion from 1 to 2 pans (!) and we are again shaped on the full day. While the baro-speck or tyre (located somewhere in the body ;-)) we offer quantitative dietary guidance on long-term, only our own sense allows us to assess the sufficiency of our daily rations.)

 

Try our daily specials!

They have been developed carefully by considering basic constraints of weight to carry, heat input and correspondence to our budget. Don't wait any longer, test them! Cool
 
Breakfast: porridge
 
boil about 10 cups of water in a large casserolle or 2 smaller, add 5 cups of oatmeal and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes until that oats swells. Add sugar, honey or Nutella and possibly a bit of cinnamon. If necessary add a little water.
 
Dinner: soup noodle
 
Boil 1.5 litres of water, add between 2 and 4 packages of noodles Chinese. Ready in 3 minutes.

83. p'tit déj 

Dinner: risotto-tomato
 
Cook 2 cups of rice in a possibly casserolle with an onion. Add water. Once ready risotto, add tomato sauce and stir gently (if you are in a day of celebration, add mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, parmesan and everything what you find under your hand that is eaten).

 

On the road to the east coast

While we leave the West Coast across the island in its width, we suddenly change landscapes. Passing a pass time to indecent slopes of green forests and pastures to a drier area, without shaft and the surrounding mountains illuminate their shades yellow, Brown and Red Lakes mirrors separating them. New wonder. The 31 riders that you will cross on the island were not mistaken place. The bike gives the chance to live within this succession of tables and its relative slowness feel smells, feel the wind, hear the sounds, see shades or stop at any time to better integrate them.

 

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Extracts of travel lectures, "Marco Pollo, the forbidden journey", tome 1 from Gary Jennings:

"The terrestrial travel provides many different sensations. The outline of the horizon keeps changing, it is constantly in motion, towards one point or another of the landscape. Alone in the first weeks of our journey, we had approached, reaches, crossed, then exceeded number of town and villages, very contrasting landscapes and different rivers, with always the same conclusion: nothing stopped there, other countries, other cities, other watercourses further ahead... The terrestrial world gives a visual impression of immensity that cannot obtain the vacuity of the ocean. Wide, it has a thousand faces and contains the eternal promise of other scopes, other differences yet to come. "The traveller Earth knows the same sensation as a completely naked man: an ineffable sense of freedom without hindrance and, at the same time, the consciousness of its own vulnerability, the lack of protection ace in the world that surrounds it and the impression of an infinite smallness."

 

 New Zealand, last kilometers

While our journey to the land of the kiwis will soon be completed, we still have the opportunity to see some fur seals and sea on the Dunedin peninsula Lions (East Coast). They will remain our last memory of New Zealand. We start again with images full eyes (and devices ;-)) of this magnificent country. But we also carry darker impressions of sides including the environment or cultural or social aspects.

 

Unexpected stopover: Australia

Combination of opportunity and unexpected fare, our 10 day stopover has allowed us to forget the bike for a few days, to make the visa for China, to meet a friend who lives here for some time and discover a piece of this huge country (186 times the surface of the Switzerland). While the local culture is similar to the New Zealand (and so Anglo-Saxon), landscapes, fauna and flora are different. Will be including could learn of possums and kangaroos unafraid of man. But already, our thoughts turn to Asia. We will begin our Asian trip to Bangkok and try to rally Vladivostok passing by Cambodia, the Viet Nam, China and the Japan in a genuine cultural dive. And as said Marco Pollo: 'Nothing stopped there, other countries, other cities, other watercourses ahead further... '. "We welcome!

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More photos and details of our logbooks on a daily basis are online on our website http://www.la-roue-des-reves.com/! We would like to thank warmly all our sponsors individuals and businesses who support our adventure.

 

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