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.

Mist on the Californian Coast

Mist on the Californian Coast

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.

Golden Sky

Golden Sky

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.

PhotoFriday : Season of Sun

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 πŸ™‚ ) I missed out last weeks photofriday with this photo. This is our “window” and the view out from our kitchen.

A world pootle in 2012

A world pootle in 2012

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.

I will try to keep this blog going with some photos from the road. To read all about our adventures click over to http://www.woollypigs.com and sign up to our newsletter.

Happy riding and snapping.

Souvenir

Souvenir

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”.

Good times in Denmark

Good times 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 winerbrΓΈd (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.

near Abergwesyn common

Here be dragons

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 πŸ™‚

@2400m

@ 2400m

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.