What you need to know to cycle the beautiful Hauraki RT for the first time

karangahake gorge bridge 2

My husband and I are keen bike riders and Rail Trail enthusiasts and we take every opportunity to get out and about, seeing the countryside while riding our bikes.  Our little town has finally started building it's very own Rail Trail and we are heavily involved in the project. In November 2016 we travelled with …

Adventure calls!

Adventure calls, off on a little holiday

Dear friends We're off on a little adventure for the next few weeks, so I thought I'd let you know not to expect to hear from me for a while. I won't go into the details but I can say that it involves a long road trip, some rail trail cycling, visiting some wine areas, …

Would you rather build a wall or a bridge?

Sydney Harbour Bridge

We build too many walls and not enough bridges - Isaac Newton Bridges connect things - people, structures, places and even bloggers. Bridge- for this week's photo challenge, Cheri asks for our take on the things, places, or people that connect us.  There's scary bridges:   There's interesting bridges:   There's beautiful old railway trestle …

Worth a Word Wednesday: the tracks of my life

Forest tracks on a winter's day in Tumbarumba

 Wordless Wednesday - winter and the tracks of my life No more 'jealousy/wish you were here' shots of beaches from me for the moment, I'm back home into full-on winter mode - it's wet, grey, cold and just a tad miserable outside. These tracks are throughout the forest at the rear of our property and over …

How the transient nature of transport has turned

Disused railway corridor overgrown with trees near Tumbarumba wating to be turned into a rail trail for cyclists and walkers

The transient nature of life, and in particular, transport. Transient- This week's photo challenge asks us to share a photo about transient - whether it be drifters, nomads, or even the state of impermanence. I've targeted the state of impermanence with this week's photo. Disused railway corridor overgrown with trees You will see in this photo a …

Where is your focus – in front or behind?

Focus, travel photo, seascape

Where is your focus - in front of you or behind you? Focus- This week's photo challenge asks us to share a photo featuring focus.  It could be an in-focus or out-of-focus shot. Instead I've taken the definition of focus - directing a great deal of attention, interest, or activity towards a particular aim - …

Wordless Wednesday – 17 May 2017

Whitest Sand

It's Wordless Wednesday! Enjoy your Wednesday - wherever you are in the world. This is our favourite beach, where the bush meets the sea and it just happens to have the whitest sand in the world! Do you know where this beach is?  Leave me a comment to tell me know where you think it is. (I've given …

Just another ordinary day or something a bit special?

Another ordinary day or a bit special?  Five thoughts: Receive notification from WordPress of 5 year anniversary of blogging!  Not too keen on joining the Social Saturday bike ride group due to feeling tired and weather is a bit overcast,  but go anyway.  End up riding nearly 17kms, including hills, with the group, and feel …

Adventure riding – Musings on a Monday

Bikes, New Zealand, Rail Trail, Otago

Mountain biking - Now you know me, I love an adventure,  but I have this little issue with heights, losing control and going too fast.  While I loooove looking at these sorts of videos I could never in a million years do this. I realise this is an ad for something but I don't really …

Framed by the mirror – Weekly Photo Challenge

mirror on bike

Looking back at life through the mirror on my bike. It's not only a mirror, it's also a frame. Repurpose is the theme for this week's photo challenge.  Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use. For this challenge, show us something you’ve put to new …

Wonderlusting around the world

My blogging buddy Miriam has compiled this list of places around the world to visit featuring posts from fellow travel bloggers. I’m thrilled to have my recent New Zealand cycling trip included in her post. Have a read and maybe add some of these places to your list of ‘must see’ travel destinations!

Out an' About

I need another lifetime to travel to all the places I want to see. To experience even a fraction of the wonders in the world.

Though I’ve traveled widely I’ve yet to see even half of my own country (hopefully that will be rectified next year) yet still the allure of overseas cultures and countries is strong.

Recently I was asked by fellow adventurer from A Wandering Memory what my top destinations I’d love to visit are. So here they are, together with the bloggers who inspire and bring these places alive for me.

Sit back, grab a cuppa and prepare to be transported around the world.

oldplaidcamper-sunny-enoughPhoto Courtesy OldPlaidCamper

1. Rocky Mountain High

Call me Heidi reincarnated but since I was a little girl I’ve loved the mountains. The spectacular vistas of Canada have always held enormous appeal particularly  when I read the adventures of my Canadian bloggers.

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Travel Blog: New Zealand #8 – Hyde to Middlemarch (final day of cycling)

Finishing the Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand

Final day of cycling (day 5): Hyde to Middlemarch - 15 November 2016 It poured with rain overnight but the morning dawned cold with heavily overcast skies. We set out after breakfast for the final 30km hoping the rain would hold off and it did! The open Strath Taieri plain was flat riding with green …

Travel Blog: New Zealand #7 – Wedderburn to Hyde

Cycling day 4: Wedderburn to Hyde - 14 November 2016 This was another big day starting off with an earthquake in New Zealand's South Island just after midnight. I can't say I felt the earth move but I do remember waking and thinking someone was walking around the cottage as there was a real rattle …