JEREMY AND ERIC RIDE 
TOUR AOTEAROA*

*on Raleigh 20s.
A Raleigh Rally, if you will.

because why wouldn't you? New Zealand is so little and Raleigh 20's are known for their all terrain capability, their craftsmanship and their copious amount of luggage carrying capacity ..

 

ABOUT US

We’re two friends who have worked together and ridden mountain bikes together for a number of years.

Without any particular experience in endurance events or very much forethought, with a relaxed training regime and a lot of optimism, we’re riding the Tour Aotearoa on our Raleigh 20 bicycles.
But aren’t they kids bikes, you ask? Well, umm .. who knows, really.

​Starting at Cape Reinga at 7am on 17 Feb, we aim to make our way 3000km all the way south to Bluff without breaking down emotionally, physically, or mechanically. 

 

We’re raising money for Christchurch City Mission, a charity that does incredible work for underprivileged people in Christchurch. If you’d like to support us and make our insanity worthwhile, please give generously to City Mission here.

Thanks to those who have helped make this possible- our families for tolerating our silliness, Bevan at Frontal Lobe for helping with set up, our employers for allowing us time off but who probably won’t miss us, and you, for reading this blog.

 
 
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Endgame

Preface: Yes, we know, we've been home for a month now, and have only just got around to posting this. Our excuse is a combination of...

There are no easy days

DAY 23 Today we only had to travel 106 km. A trip on the TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu, then a ride over the Von Hill pass, and then...

Bells to smells, via a hill

DAY 22 Today was another great day (although I think we’ve been saying that about them all). We were fed and sent on our way by our hosts...

Past Haast Pass

DAY 21 After having made it down the length of the West Coast without being rained on, we woke to rain. “That’s ok”, we thought, “it’s...

On a highway to Haast

DAY 20 Last night we stayed at a backpackers in Franz Joseph that provided a continental breakfast to its patrons. Although I’m not sure...

Three new friends (and a grump)

DAY 19 We had a big day ahead, so we got up and left ‘early’ (7am is ‘early', right?). In a fit of uncharacteristic forward thinking,...

Photogenic (not us. the scenery!)

DAY 18 Today we rode from Ikamatua to Greymouth to Kumara to Cowboy Paradise to Lake Kaniere. We had our standard breakfast. Uncle Tobys...

Big River

DAY 17 We were going to leave ‘early’ this morning. You’ll be surprised to hear we didn’t. Reefton is a town that has really got in...

West Coast Welcome

DAY 16 We woke this morning to the sound of a trapper heading up into the forest to clear his possum traps. It was a good thing, as we...

Feelings

DAY 15 Today, kids, we are going to talk about a variety of feelings. We got up and left Dan’s friends place later than planned (which is...

A day of two halves

DAY 14 After our wonderful evening in Picton we rode along the Queen Charlotte scenic drive to Havelock, the highway to Pelorus Bridge,...

Whyyyy, Wairarapa?

DAY 13 There was a few little spits of rain when we left Featherston, early in the morning. And as usual, westerly wind. By the time we...

Downhill (almost) all the way

DAY 12 Today we rode from Pahiatua to Featherston. It was a good day. An interesting day! The first interesting thing we saw was this:...

Food, glorious food: a good day

DAY 11 After having debated whether to push on to Apiti yesterday evening, and having had such a good experience at Rangiwahia, I’d...

A late start

DAY 10 Last night we discussed what time we should leave in the morning. We usually do this when we have somewhere to be by some time...

Whakahoro to Fordell

DAY 9 We left the DOC campsite at 7, packing up our tents still wet from the dew. We wanted to start early, because we had no idea on how...

Misery

DAY 8 We don’t talk much about day 8 .. First rule of day 8: don't talk about day 8. .. but here are some photos! Todays stats: Distance:...

Trail and rain

DAY 6 We left the camp at Te Aroha last. It’s become a habit. Usually we are very punctual and like to get going early but the relaxed...

The Struggle is Real

DAYS 4 & 5 The defining feature is the heat. As we left Helensville and rode toward Auckland, the sun got hotter and hotter. And it was...

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