Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: Part 2

For only the second time this trip it was time for Andy and I to split up for a few days. Andy kept walking around Mont Blanc while I gallivanted off to Switzerland to hang out in Geneva. Andy’s experience That’s right folks, yet again Andy was flying solo…along with four other hikers (Hank, Parker, […]

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Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: Part 1

Straight off the back of the Tour du Ruan Andy and I were off to do a second even longer tramp. The Tour du Mont Blanc (or TMB) is a pretty well-known hike which circumnavigates Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, while passing through France, Switzerland and Italy. It’s 170km long and you do […]

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Hiking the Tour du Ruan: Part 2

The morning of day four on the Tour du Ruan we awoke to more rain and fog. After so much indecision the day before, we had a new problem to contend with – the ladder section. A whole different level from just a chain section. Once again I went to discuss our options with the […]

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Hiking the Tour du Ruan: Part 1

After spending a day on logistics in Chamonix (map-buying, outdoors-store-visiting, pastry-eating) we met up with our NZ friend Corde who used to work with Andy back in Christchurch. It was great to see him again and also to get a bit of news about how Christchurch and our old office are going. Our plan was […]

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Three days in Lyon

We had planned three full days in Lyon to rest and recuperate and visit outdoors stores. Visiting outdoors stores seems to be a constant feature of our trip. Typically after a period of cycling or tramping it takes us a while to get moving again. Lyon was no exception, by the time we sorted out […]

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Strange encounters in rural France

And we’re back! After 18 days of hiking we’ve got our laptop back in the land of wifi and can end our blogging hiatus. The next major town we cycled through was Chalon-sur-Saône which I’m sure is a nice place but we only saw the industrial zones that the cycle signs directed us through. Then […]

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The end of the Loire?

Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire will be remembered for its long name and the huge electrical storm we experienced there. We hadn’t even thought it was going to rain but during the night we got to enjoy another European-style storm. The thunder was particularly impressive, crackling and spitting like gunshots. From there we rode towards Nevers (pronounced neh-vair), sparking […]

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How (not) to visit a castle under construction

From Orléans our next stop was Châteauneuf-sur-Loire. The most exciting thing we did here was go to the local Super U hypermarket. Hypermarkets are the next step up from supermarkets. We bought food, pumped up our bike tyres, washed our bikes, recycled our old gas bottle and bought a new one. I was stoked to discover […]

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Oh you’ll love the Loire Valley

Oh you’ll love the Loire Valley! – Andy’s parents [The Loire Valley] will be romantic and relaxing – Brittany’s mum These are the quotes that were running through my head as we biked through the rain after leaving Amboise. This was actually the first proper rain that we’d had to bike in all trip so really we […]

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Châteaux, châteaux and more châteaux

It took us a long time to leave our campsite at Azay-le-Rideau. First of all it was tough getting out of bed. Then just before leaving I discovered that my front tyre was flat – our first puncture of the whole trip *knock on wood*. Then once we’d put in a new inner tube we […]

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Cycling from French farms to French castles

The next fixed point in our journey is meeting some friends in Chamonix to go hiking at the end of August. From Lezay we had about a month to make our way by bike and maybe train to Chamonix. This plan makes our route look pretty silly. We started travelling in France in Modane which […]

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