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Q Are you from New Zealand?
and for the record the correct response when we reply with "No, we are Australian", is not "oh Australia.... we've always wanted to go to New Zealand.”
Q What are you doing?
Cycling! Jules and I both quit our jobs in Australia, packed up the house, sold most of our things and stored others, and headed overseas. We lived in Vancouver for a few months, where we bought our bikes and gear and then headed off on the road with only our bicycles and whatever fits in our panniers.
Q Where are you going?
Umm not sure. This started as a quick jaunt through the US and Canada but has quickly turned into something a lot bigger. My dream has always been to cycle from Alaska to the bottom of South America so if the money lasts and we are still loving it we will keep going...
Q How far do you cycle per day?
A little - but there are a lot of us crazy cyclists out here!
Q Where do you stay?
Up until mainland Mexico we camped almost every night.. we were lucky to be in some stunning areas, and had some amazing campsites.
Occasionally we stay with people (when someone feels sorry for us) especially when we are in a city with no campsites or when it has been raining for days on end. We have met some amazing people that we had stayed with and this has definitely been the highlight of the trip! We utilize the Warm Showers website – hospitality for touring cyclists (similar to couch-surfing), which is a fantastic idea, and we can't wait to repay the favours when we get home (http://www.warmshowers.org/)
In Mexico we ate out a lot more than we used to further north. Yummy streetfood and tacquerias..
We also eat a lot of snacks throughout the day. Especially pastries. Cinnamon rolls. Pan dulce. In fact anything buttery and sugary.. mmmmm
but that's one of the best things about cycling – you can (in fact you have to) eat as much as you want!
Q How Heavy Are Your Bikes? How much gear do you have?
Too heavy. I just can't do without a collection of books! However, cycling with two people helps keep the weight down as we can share tools, camping stuff, stove etc.
Things we could not live without:
Jules: sunglasses, binoculars, instant coffee, cinnamon rolls, her daily Snickers bar
Megs: books, podcasts, lots of chocolate, cinnamon rolls, a reading light
Random things currently in the bottom of our bags: a baseball (Jules), a whole bag of the toys that you collect from chip packets (Jules), a small bottle of rum (Jules), three flowers made out of beer cans (mine), a large collection of large Spanish learning books (mine) a phone that doesn't work (Jules), a fluorescent orange whistle (Jules)..as you can see our gear is not always completely practical!
Q What are your favourite websites, blogs etc?
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ for a great selection of cycling blogs, often some helpful information or just funny stories
http://groups.google.com/group/panam-riders this is a forum just for riders doing the Alaska to Argentina route (or a fair amount of it), a really helpful resource
And some fun/interesting blogs we like to read, people that have done our route or are doing it now: