arthurs pass

Towards Arthur

Six years ago we set out for our first big tour, three months in New Zealand. Our second morning riding towards the Torlesse Range and later Arthur’s pass. Great views of Castle Hill Peak with a fresh dusting of snow. Our tent had ice on it when we woke up, so a very “fresh” start to the day, though Porter’s Pass soon warmed us up.

pen-y-ghent in cloud

Pen-y-ghent in cloud

The clouds were much less when I was on top, so in the gaps I managed to see down Ripple valley and over to Ingleborough.

The seven other hikers who were coming up as I was going down, had a long wait before they would get a view of anything but cloud.

I wasn’t the first on top at 6.30am I was beaten by two others, well, they cheated as they camped overnight. Sadly for them they didn’t get the stunning sunset they must have hoped for, as a cloud came and settled in for the night just the sun was finishing its day with us.

Cordillera de los Andes

Cordillera de los Andes

It is rather amazing to know that the mountains in the distance is part of the same mountain chain. That runs the length of South America, about 7,000 km (4,300 mi) from top to bottom.

Read the blog post that belongs to this photo here – http://www.woollypigs.com/2012/02/the-fuegian-road-less-travelled/

La Ruta de Oro

La Ruta de Oro

The stunning La Ruta de Oro on Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia Southern Chile on our way to Porvenir in search for water and food.

A slight miss planning by yours truly, seen in the picture above taken by Peli, where I as was sure that 300 odd kilometres would take us around five-day, five and a half days tops. But on the third day it was clear that it would take more like seven days. The very strong wind (80km/h and above at times), very rough gravel road (aka ripio) and steep hills – slowed us down to an eight hours battle against the nature and our wills to gain just 15 kilometres.

The route we have taken does not have a corner shop that we could just pop into for a pint of milk, it was – really the middle of nowhere! Food and water rationing started, lucky we had our life saver our water filter from Katadyn. It was a few rather hard and tiring days cycling this remote, but yet very beautiful, part of the world. By the time we found civilisation and more important crisp, chocolate and biscuits again it was early afternoon on our eight-day and we didn’t have breakfast.

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

If the weather is great when you are flying into Portland Oregon you can get this view of Mount Hood with what I believe to be Mount Jefferson in the background. please correct me if I’m wrong.

I was half asleep, as you would be if you just had 13 hours flight into Dallas and a two-hour turn around before the four and half hour flight to Portland, when I got poked in my ribs by Peli my partner-co-photograher showing me this great view.

Well worth the rude awaking I’ll say.

PhotoFriday : Huge

The Pinnacle, The Grampians National Park

The Pinnacle, The Grampians National Park

The view from The Pinnacle in The Grampians National Park in Victoria Australia. Brilliant walk up through the bush and a bit of bouldering to get up to the top for the fantastic view. The haze in the in the distance is a mixture of the heat and the smoke from the wild fires that was burning earlier this year in Victoria.

Deception Pass

Deception Pass

Deception Pass in Washington State with a view of Mt. Baker in the background, on our way to the Saint Juan Islands. Stunning bit of the world though cycling here was rather hard work, hilly, tones of tourist traffic and also traffic for the Naval Airbase both on ground and above. At one point we had a planes zooming over us every two minutes and it felt like we could reach up and touch them.

Our kitchen window

Our kitchen window

Weekly Photo Challenge : Happy-PlaceWhere do you go when you need to think? What do you do when you need to restore yourself, to ready yourself to take on the coming week with energy and verve? How do you get your sense of humor back? How do you recharge your groove? – I go camping or cycle touring. This photo was taken in Patagonia, while having a cuppa and a dip in the lake (yes it was >< cold 🙂 ) I missed out last weeks photofriday with this photo. This is our “window” and the view out from our kitchen.

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Mt. Cook was probably my highlight of our visit to New Zealand last year. Though it is rather hard to pick one place, moment that really stood out. New Zealand is just a place you have to visit, a truly stunning place! You have probably already clicked past a few pictures taken on our tour of the south island last year and there will be more to come.

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PhotoFriday : Mountainous