Canberra to Sydney

Canberra I caught a bus from Batemans Bay to Canberra. I had been advised that the road to Canberra could be quite dangerous; at least one car a week spins out on the road because it’s quite twisty and hilly. Travelling from Batemans Bay to Canberra was quite a transition. Canberra looked very autumnal due…… Continue reading Canberra to Sydney

You’re Just Not As Fat

Back in the 90’s I lived and taught maths and science at a school in the South Pacific and so I thought that I’d go back and have a look to see if it’s changed. I got picked up by an ex-student and friend, Sekolatika: She’s a mother of seven, her oldest being 20. I…… Continue reading You’re Just Not As Fat

Allie and Roger

I met Allie and Roger in December when I was Cycle touring on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. One of the first things that I noticed about them was that they had a very small Trangia (camping cook set). My trangia is suited for 3 – 4 people whereas theirs…… Continue reading Allie and Roger


I have gone on a few rides since being in the North Island, but not many. I’ve previously visited the North Island of New Zealand hence why I’ve been quite happy having a base and not travelling anywhere.


I met Shelby a month ago when I was Cycle touring in the South Island. She’s from Washington State in the US. She left the US three months ago and flew to Australia, she cycle toured around Tasmania and then the South Island of NZ. This is only her second tour!!! I met Shelby at…… Continue reading Shelby

Ice Cream Sundae

Auckland has an Auckland Day, and it’s a public holiday and so of course they had loads of events on including Ice Cream Sunday 😊


I had the chance to catch up with Charlotte and Nicky in Orewa which is just North of Auckland and is where Charlotte now lives. I know them both from Leicester Diabetes Centre which is where we were all working last year. Charlotte moved to NZ three months ago with her partner on his working…… Continue reading Orewa

Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island a ferry ride from Auckland and on Sam’s bucket list. So we went for a day trip to the island. This picture clearly shows that I’ve scoffed far too much 😊. Ferries are quite infrequent to the island, as the last part of the hike was a run to…… Continue reading Rangitoto Island