Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Cruising the Cederberg

Slow riding but worth it for the view
We’ve spent the past few sunny days doing some hard riding on empty dirt (and sometimes annoying sand) roads through the stunning Cederberg Mountains. We woke each morning to ice on the tent and camped in an orchard, on an organic farm and in the bush. Wild camping under a super moon was interesting – it was almost as bright as daylight [...]

The Western Cape

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We are aching all over! Our bikes are the heaviest we’ve ever ridden – we’re carrying spares that we won’t be able to find easily in Africa (tyre, tools, air mattress, etc), extra warm clothes and a solar panel/battery to charge all our electronics (laptop, camera battery, kindles, phones). We’ve left the winery region and are heading u [...]

Life begins at 40

Champagne courtesy of my friend Clare in the UK
We’ve just treated ourselves to a luxury weekend in beautiful Stellenbosch to celebrate my 40th birthday. We stayed in a wonderful guesthouse (with free sherry and nespresso’s) and visited wineries and restaurants – it was fantastic. The guesthouse made a fuss of me & gave me a lovely bunch of flowers and my dear friend Clare [...]

Turn right at the robot

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Our first day on the road in Africa was pretty scary. We cycled from Cape Town through the Cape Flats townships to Stellenbosch in the winery area. Several drivers stopped & told us we would be robbed if we continued, so we tried to ride as fast as our unfit bodies & heavy bikes would allow. But we made it through, no problems at all, [...]

Leaving now now

View from the restaurant where Steve kindly bought us lunch
We’ve walked for hours on beautiful Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, strolled along the waterfront, spent a Saturday night on buzzing Long Street. Matt has eaten ostrich and we’re loving the 20p avocados and 60p beers. Our hostel is full of construction workers from Jo’berg who cook pigs heads for breakfast and we’ve had a great time [...]

Leaving just now

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We’ve spent the past few days preparing to set off from Cape Town. The bikes survived the flight pretty much unscathed and have been reassembled. We’ve had yellow fever vaccinations and have bought malaria treatment, pepper spray, a sim card and roll mats for camping (our air mattresses are unlikely to last long on the thorny grou [...]

Planning is for wimps

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Perhaps we should have done a bit more research before leaving on this trip – we were refused entry into South Africa when we landed in Cape Town! No one can enter SA by air without a return plane ticket to their country of citizenship – no exceptions for cyclists. So after waiting in no man’s land for a while, we were allow [...]

Last night of the Poms

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G’day! We’re leaving Sydney today to set off on the second (& final) leg of our big bike trip. We’re planning to ride from Cape Town to London over the next year, so it’s back to life on the saddle – hardship, discomfort, early nights in the tent, not knowing where we’re going to sleep & not worryin [...]

My first puncture

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I took my bike out of the garage yesterday for the first time in three weeks, to find I had a flat tyre for the first time on this bike. We have just spent another weekend cycling the lovely Central Coast region of NSW, and camped at secluded Patonga Beach. It was good to get out of Sydney – as in many big cities, drivers here can be pr [...]

Back on the bikes – briefly

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Since arriving in gorgeous Sydney we have been working hard at relaxing – our days have been filled with barbies, beach walks, bike rides around the park, meeting friends, hanging out with family, and exploring old haunts. We also had a lovely trip to New Zealand to visit family & friends. We both worked for the Australian election [...]

What next?

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After 1 year, 1 month and 21 days, 19,525 kilometers, 19 countries, 3 continents, 10 timezones, 5 saddles and 8 punctures, we’ve cycled from London to Sydney! Our Surly Long Haul Truckers have been brilliant, and we’re pleased that the old bodies held up well too. We assume we are really fit, but we just feel very tired and are ac [...]

SYDNEY!!

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We’re thrilled to have arrived in Sydney, our final destination (for now)! More later, but here are some quick pics: