Cycling the Contours of New Zealand’s South Island

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” – Ernest Hemingway As I gazed out at the snow-covered mountain tops, the only sounds I could hear was the blood pumping in my ears, in chorus with…

Unexpected Intrusions of Beauty – Cycling New Zealand’s North Island

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”  — Saul Bellow, author When it comes to bicycle touring, every day is different than the last. With each new sunrise comes different weather, winds, and a multitude of unexpected obstacles — like a herd of sheep in the middle of the road or multiple magpies swooping…