Infrared view of Isle of Canna from Glennbrittle on Isle of Skye. Not a bad spot for a bit of camping.
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.
It is hard to believe that it is nearly 16 months since we started on our “little” tour. This photograph is taken on our second day in Patagonia cycling north from Ushuaia in Argentina. Utterly stunning, very windy and something new every day but still a journey of a life time.
Cycling the Californian Coast on highway 1, a day or two south of Monterey. Lucky for us lazy starters in the morning, compared to the others who were up and gone by 7-7:30am, we actually got to see the stunning coast line which is often hidden by the mist. At night on the camp sites the early risers reported that they haven’t seen anything at all. We on the other hand did when the mist disappeared around lunch time, like you see here, the beautiful coast came out and we enjoyed the sun, waves and views.
By the shores of Lake Wakatipu – on the south island of New Zealand as far as you can go past Queenstown all the way past Glenorchy, do remember to stop and enjoy this wonderful part of the world – we camped up and while we cooked our dinner a very nice man came up and told us not to dive into our tent, to get away from the sand flies, but stay up and enjoy the coming sunset. He had experienced a stunning sunset the previous night and the weather forecast was looking to be the same tonight. I could bore you with 20-30 photographs of the stunning sunset we experienced, at first we were thinking that we were out of luck as the clouds were drawing in thick and fast. But then the golden colours came out in force, hitting the different layers of clouds, just stunning and changing all the time.
While hunting around for pictures I found this one from the Carretera Austral in Chile. A stunning bit of the world but hard to cycle. This was taking early one morning before a long days riding, it is well worth it being this remote.
Peli at Cape Lookout enjoying free camping, State Park Day, and a good sunset after two rather wet days in the saddle on the Oregon Coast.
This is what we have to eat after a day in the saddle, Peli’s wonderful cooking, definitely food worth cycling for!
Well, it been a while since I have had time, WiFi and/or power to upload some of the many photos we have taken. It is a bit hard when we have lived like this for the best part of eight months. Hopefully I will have time to upload a few now.
Weekly Photo Challenge : Happy-Place – Where 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.
We had few frosty nights in Villa O’Higgins in Chile. The Hilleberg Kaitum 3GT and our down mats plus down sleeping bags managed well in the cold. 3c inside the tent doing the night.
We kept finding bones from the dead Guanaco where ever we wild camped in Chile and Argentina on Tierra del Feugo.
Brewing up on our Trangia stove on a cold morning, 5c, just outside out tent in the sun on Tierra del Feugo.
We went as far as we could on the Argentinian Ruta Nacional 3 and dipped our toes, next stop Long Beach New York 🙂
This was taken by my partner while cycle touring in New Zealand. Which we enjoyed so much that we have packed our bags and bike and is waiting for the plane to take off on the 6th of January 2012. Where we will be cycling from Ushuaia in Argentina in the general direction of New York, USA. There is also talk about Japan, New Zealand and Kathmandu and a zigzag trough Europe back.
Happy riding and snapping.
Caterpillar is the name of our new tent, since it does look like it. Being 5.5 metres long, four poles and green. And also because of what we found early one morning crawling over it 🙂
This year for some reason we haven’t been camping as much as we wanted, hope that changes in the new year. I miss setting up a tent, setting up a base camp and then getting up in the AM staking it all down again so that you can search for a new post to call your home for a night.
While using a out house, dunny, long drop or sh@*$er one of the best things along with the freedom is that you often get a great view to enjoy while you are contemplating. Just remember to bring paper and wash your hands after.
Now here is a “double post” for you.
Souvenir, I knew was a French word for years. But I have always linked it to the crap you get when you go holiday to a tourist trap. Only when I lived in France some years ago I figured out that it means “memento, keepsake or token of remembrance”.
These massive pine cones you find in the forest in France always reminds me of France when I see them elsewhere. I spent many summers collecting these only to be told “we got plenty of these at home already”.
We were away for a few days in our new tent, Hilleberg Kaitum 3GT. And what a tent it is, we now have room to move around without kneeing each other or touching the walls. This photo was taken while we were doing a spot of wild camping, where we had a great and beautiful morning.
“Overnatning i det fri” is a new’ish camping guide for camping for nearly free in Denmark. We used this book on our last tour to Denmark, and got to stay in shelter, hay loft, next to a church etc. All them are in great locations and have just what you need for a camping tour in Denmark.
We have just returned back from 11 days cycle touring in Denmark where we had lots of: fun, rain, chatting, cycling, hospital, train, ice cream, hotdogs and winerbrød (Danish), sun, camping.
Even on a day where we had to endure the rain and the famous Danish wind, I got this beautiful smile from my ever so wonderful travelling partner.
We have just booked out tickets for our trip to the Pyrenees again this year. Lovely little spot in the world. As a reader of this blog you will have seen a few pictures for that night we spend camping at 2400 meters 🙂 But it was a brilliant evening and a stunning spot to do a bit of camping.
We stayed at a campsite where they had a working farm. This turkey wasn’t really helping me with letting take his photo. He tried to head butt the camera when I got close. I can now see why it is a good idea to have a good zoom, Safety first my friends.
Simply just a photograph of a fire, just because I love it.
Sweaty Betty is our home from home, in true sense a mobile home. We have had her for little over two years now and she have done a great job.
Yes I know this is not the best view in the world. But with wild camping you get to pick the view you want every day. This one was taken on our second morning in New Zealand last year, and what great way to wake up to. There was even ice on our tent that morning, Across New Zealand (Christchurch – Hokitika)
Two years ago had our first taster of cycle touring and we went to Wales to hunt Dragons. Though we didn’t get to see any dragons (they might not like the grey wet weather) we truly enjoyed our visit and were bitten by the cycle touring bug. The lovely hills, campsites and the stunning sunshine on the final day made it sure that we would be back. And, sure enough, we already have 🙂
We went camping just south of London, where we could have a bonfire, which I haven’t had for years. Which is my other Zen moments as I can poke the fire with a stick for hours.
The heat, colour and smell send me into trance. As long as there is wood to burn I can disappear into the flames.
In ’09 we climbed up to 2400m and camped for a night where we enjoyed the sunset. Later that evening we enjoyed the stars and the milkyway which was very clear. And pretty much bright enough walk around. Along with the clear sky I saw in ’90 when I was travelling around the islands of Greece it was the best star gazing I have done.
Over the last two years we gotten back our camping bug. This photo was taking in ’09 in the Pyrenees where we were on holiday. We hiked up to 2400m and pitched out tent and enjoyed our picnic and enjoyed a beautiful sunset before bed time. We woke up around midnight and looked a the stars and milkyway which was so clear and bright that we see lake next to us.
This was probably the best camping in a long time, stunning views, great hike and good company.