Month Long Epic
Come ride the South Island of New Zealand, ok the weather may be a tad cool in september but speaking from experience it was the most enjoyable 6 weeks i can remember.also we drive on the left, speak English and brew reasonable beer and make great wine. food is inexpensive,coffee excellent and people accommodating and interesting.Posted 8 years ago
I have the double-edged luxury of being self employed. I haven’t had a holidy (proper) for a good couple of years. The 20th of April to the 20th of May next year are now set in stone as Jamie’s Oddysey.
In my long departed youth, I spent huge chunks of my life cycling round the British Isles with naught but a tent, bag and Primus for company. I miss it and the oddesy is an attempt to redress the current situation – only, now, I can probably afford to go further afield.
Where would you go and why?Posted 8 years agovinnyehSubscriber
Far more interesting than one of the colonies
don’t you live in one of the colonies TJ? 😛
But I agree, if you want variety in anything other than the scenery then avoid Oz and NZ- parts of the US would be interesting – well to me at least- west coast from California heading north, and the north east. Europe, or if that feels too familiar how about Vietnam or Japan. Actually Japan’d be a great ride I think- intersting culture, friendly people, lots to look and wonder at, low risk of losing bike/being mugged etc.Posted 8 years ago
agree with TJ.
Europe has more variety packed into 1,000 miles than you get in 3x as much space in the US or Oz.
our 2.5 month “odyssey”.
Fantastic trip across Spain and France.
If I had a month “off” from wife and son (not that I’d want to of course 😉 ) I would pack a bivvy bag and a 40l rucksack and do a summer walk the length of the pyrenees or across the alps from west to east.
As it is, the family just load up the VW and disappear for a month or two once or twice a year. We’re off on Sunday for the month of May to Spain and France. Cant shake the wanderlust after that pompino trip.Posted 8 years ago
I’ve got a trip planned that I’d like to do once in my life. I’ll take a van and a couple of bikes and take the ferry from Scotland to Sweden and basically drive and ride through Europe and get my way back here (San Sebastian) via loads of diffent riding in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France. I reckon it’ll take a month or a bit longer.Posted 8 years ago
doug – you’d definitely need longer than a month.
We’ve done a lot of “roadtrips” in Europe over the last few years and have found that it’s too easy to underestimate the amount of time you “lose” travelling, chilling and getting to know the best bits to ride in any given area. And it’s a very long way from Sweden to San Sebastien 🙂Posted 8 years ago
Yeah Stoner, a month is really just to tell the girlfriend, I think I’d string it out for a bit longer 😀 It would have to be either after of before the season here so would need some planning to avoid the snow. At the moment it’s just circles on a map anyway but something to aim for before I’m too old…
Where are you off to in Spain and France?Posted 8 years ago
will be driving past you on Monday/Tuesday next week on the way to Luchon (AQR, sorry 🙂 )
A week with Ms Potter, then a week at th eothe rend of the pyrenees in an area I know quite well above Quillan, followed by a couple of weeks in the Cevennes.
I love the look of your stuff on Larun. Maybe next year 🙂Posted 8 years agouser-removedMember
Whoops – totally forgot I started this thread! Loads of grand ideas here and plenty to think on.
Pretty much every post makes me think, ‘Ah! That’s the one’, so it may take me a while to decide.
Europe might be best, as has been said, in terms of practicality and diversity of scenery. I’ve cycled fair swathes of Frnca and Spain, including the Pyrenees and loved every second of it.
Japan is certainly worth thinking about – my wife taught English there for two years (before I knew her) and reckons it’s a great place to be if you don’t have to work there 😕
13thfloormonk – I’ve done a few long distance walks in Scotland and spent quite a lot of my time thinking, ‘This would be fantastic on a bike’, so may well be up for that – have you got a route sorted already?Posted 8 years ago
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