Thrifty Wanderlust & Adventures

Bikepacking Dingle Burn Track in Lake Hawea, Aotearoa New Zealand

Lake Hāwea is an often overlooked destination by most tourists in the Southern Lakes area of New Zealand. Its mostly uncrowded waterfront lies just a few minutes north east of the more crowded Lake Wanaka waterfront, which in turn, lies… Continue Reading →

Aotearoa New Zealand: Packing List

So how does one pack for a year long cycling adventure in Aotearoa New Zealand? Well for the gear heads and the curious, here is the packing list. I will be updating and annotating it as the tour goes on…. Continue Reading →

Aotearoa New Zealand: Otago and Aoraki

  Cycling long distances gives me a lot of time to think. A lot of time to work things out, to reflect, to converse with myself. To converse with others on the road, to have conversations I’ve never had with… Continue Reading →

3 Reasons 2017 is Perfect to Cross Canada

Canada is one of the widest countries in the world, with a wide variety of climates and scenery from all three coasts. I’ve crossed Canada a few times, once by car, where my 90s Corolla broke down in Nickleback’s hometown… Continue Reading →

Top 5 Winter Things To Do In Sapporo, Japan

Just a century ago Sapporo was a small frontier town in the far northern reaches of the Japanese Empire on Hokkaido island. Now its the fourth largest city, and one of the most modern in Japan. Here unlike the rest… Continue Reading →

Finding Tofino’s Secret WWII Crashed Plane

In 1945, just months before the end of WWII, a Canso bomber crashed into the side of a hill just outside Tofino, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. All 12 people survived thanks to the quick thinking pilot, but the plane… Continue Reading →

Adding Things Up: Japow Tour

Adding things up Days in Japan: 87 Shred days: 14 Ski resorts: 12 Bike rides: 10 Hikes: 9 Prefectures: 8 Onsens: 3 Tanukis: 1 Photo by Sohara at Raspberry Hostel Minakami.

Photos From Japan

Japan Month 3 Part 2

The Urato Islands in Matsushima bay are part of Shiogama city, and although only one child lives there, an elementary school, built when the islands had more residents, is still being used with kids and all staff taking the 30… Continue Reading →

Japan Month 3 Part 1

Japan is expensive. After two months of living in Shiogama, with no dumpsters to eat out of, high cost of groceries, and an insatiable appetite for powder snow and checking off as many places as possible, I was running dry… Continue Reading →

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