Category Archives: Travel

Classic motorbike and sidecar roadtrip

1204 Miles from Devon, England to Pisa, Italy

For the last few years my pal Dick, myself and a few others have been sharing extended roatrips across Europe on a classic DNEPR Motorbike and sidecar combination.

Our route from Devon to Pisa

Our route from Devon to Pisa

The bike is a 1981 DNEPR MT10-36 with 2wd, commonly known as a ‘Cossack’ which includes other bikes such as the Urals.

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Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki

New Zealand’s stunning south island

Driving past Lake Pukaki on New Zealand’s South Island, we were greeted with this beautiful scene over Lake Pukaki looking towards Mount Cook, (Auraki) the tallest mountain in the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

Absolutely stunning I think you’ll agree. Views like this are very much the norm on New Zealnd’s south island and if this doesn’t encourage you to visit and experience the country yourself, nothing will!

Thanks to Peter Stephens Photography for processing the image for me.

Reflections of the North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s stunning north island didn’t disappoint

Reflecting on our 2 weeks on the North Island it has been good …… very good. We’ve driven 1870km and seen some fabulous countryside.

The genteel and historic Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands on the New Zealand North Island

The beautiful town of Russell

Russell was probably my favourite place visited.

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The Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand.

The Classic Tramp

One key objective of our trip to New Zealand and our visit to the North Island was the ‘classic’ walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. A 12 mile or thereabouts tramp that can be done in a day.

The Tongariro mountain range

The Tongariro mountain range

The dilemma was the ‘what ifs’. What if the weather was bad, or something happened and we didn’t make the finish in time for a shuttlebus, etc, etc. So, I didn’t book one and decided to leave it to fate when I arrived.

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A fondness for Hong Kong.

My first visit to Hong Kong

I first visited Hong Kong in 2004 for a short 3 day stop over on the way to Vietnam. I had very fond memories of the place. More lively and less sanitised than Singapore I felt. So when it came to deciding on a stopover on my first trip to New Zealand I decided to return.

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I arrived late afternoon into the huge airport, just as the sun was setting, and took the Airport Express rail line into Hong Kong Central. A clean and efficient line and we were into the city in about 30mins.

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Brilliant customer service

More often than not, social media, apart from being packed with posts on what individuals had for lunch, is packed with punters broadcasting the fact that a certain company has #failed. I hold my hand up on this one too and I have frequently highlighted companies displaying appalling customer service such as Garden Buildings Direct & Lamorna Cove. So it is very nice for once to highlight a range of companies who have excelled in delivering brilliant customer service.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Wild West Cornwall!

I love Cornwall. The people, the coastline, villages and moors, and of course the pasties. There are a lot of good things about Cornwall and unfortunately one or two not so good things as well as I experienced on my visit to West Cornwall a few weeks ago.

So, lets start with a negative and damn right ugly, Lamorna Cove. Yes the Lamorna Cove in West Cornwall situated between Mousehole and Porthcurno and best avoided unless you want to be victim of a stealth parking attendant in an unmarked car.

Lamorna Cove

Lamorna Cove: Copyright A Pewsey

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