Thrifty Wanderlust & Adventures



Past and present adventure tours.

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 →

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 →

Japan Month 2

I may have forgotten to mention that Shiogama, where base camp (lol) would be located lies on Matsushima Bay, one of the Three Great Scenic Views of Japan, a large bay on the Sanriku Coast, dotted with sharp rocky pine… Continue Reading →

Fox-Trotting Japan: Episode Three

Fox-Trotting Japan: Episode Two

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