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Festivals, Flowers, Food & Friends.

Shimokawa is a fairly inconspicuous little town in the middle of Hokkaido. When I rode into town one dreary afternoon I had no idea I wouldn’t cycle out for another 5 days. But that was before I met Motoko. Motoko is born in Malaysia has lived in Sweden for 4 years, and travelled. A lot.┬áNow…

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Shows and Showers

If you follow this road and turn left at the end, you get back to the main track. A friendly man painting his fence told me. So I followed the road. But there didn’t seem to be an end to it. So I turned left at random. But in this state forest all tracks look…

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Coast and Country

I’m not the only cycling Dutch girl in the family. Meet Ineke. She is one of my grandmothers younger sisters. In 1951, as a 22-year-old, she married Dick Van Der Kley in the Netherlands. One year later they set off for Australia. They stayed in an old army camp in Bonegilla for a month before…

Arrival at lake Te Anau

A Wonderful World of Water and Wind

It now seems ages ago I shot down the rail trail. The original railway was completed in 1921. As it turned out the line was uneconomic. Lucky for cyclist young and old, the Department of Conservation (DOC) took over and transformed it into a perfectly enjoyable (and easy) bicycle ride between Clyde and Middlemarch. I…