Hokkaido

Hokkaido After a sleepless night, I arrived in Hokkaido by ferry at 6 am.  I felt terrible and felt as if I would come down with a cold.  The first days on Hokkaido I spent with Akito and Mitsuo whom I had first met on the ferry to Sendai where they invited me to stay…

Japan: Ganbatte

“Sorry Mama, I have to go, I must find a place to sleep and it looks like rain“. I was sitting in front of a 7/11 store, packed up my laptop, drank the rest of my cold coffee and carried on.  I found a little camp site under a bridge right next to a park. …

Konishiwa Japan

A Difficult Beginning Without a lot of preparation for my trip to Japan, and with no idea where I should stay overnight, I arrived in Osaka. After having spent nine months in both Australia and New Zealand, I was used to communicating with locals, to reading and understanding everything, to joking and to having meaningful…

Trailhopping in New Zealand

All I could think of was, I need a break, I need a break badly! For over two weeks now I have biked day in, day out, and slept in the wild country side. And then – what glory – I was sitting beside Derek in his living room. We looked at pictures of some…

Sheep, mountains and blue lakes

Queenstown – Lake Tekapo – Alps to Ocean Trail – Central Otago Rail Trail I am sitting on a bed in a base camp for sheep shearers who move from farm to farm. I already took a shower (cold) and made myself comfortable in this small hut with five beds, one of which I used…

Van Diemens Land

Port Fairy – Great Ocean Road – Geelong-Melbourne – Tasmania With the night ferry to Tasmania to bike the Tassie trail for riders, hikers and cyclists. Straight through from north to south. After two days of cycling, I surrendered. The road signage was very poor. I tried to follow my GPS route, but where it…

Volle Kraft vorraus

Adelaide – McLaren Vale – Seaford – Port Fairy – Victoria, Australia Originally I wanted to stay in Adelaide with Phil and Angela for 2 days and then continue on to Melbourne. As luck had it, I fell ill once again. Ten days later I took my leave as I felt fit enough to carry…