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Posted October 16th, 2013

If you want to cross Australia on a bicycle, chances are you’ll find yourself riding across the Nullarbor plain. It’s a hot, long and dusty ride.

Nullarbor Desert
Push-biking it across the Nullarbor. Photo by Mike Boles.

To make things easier, download this set of notes. Our free guide was written by cyclist Mike Boles and laid out by us here at TravellingTwo HQ.

free guide to cycling the nullarbor

Inside the PDF, you’ll find Mike’s story of pedalling across the Nullarbor and day-by-day notes for the entire trip. He tells you where to find campgrounds, hotels, wild camping spots and − most importantly − water. Mike even gives tips for sightseeing along the way!

We hope you enjoy the notes. Download them. Share them. Let us know what you think.

If you have updates or further advice about cycling across the Nullarbor, please leave a comment below.

Posted October 13th, 2013

In the past few weeks we’ve heard from several bike tourists who’ve recently written books about their travels and experiences.

Here are some of the titles that have recently come to our attention. Maybe you’d enjoy adding a few of these books to your winter reading list.

 

#1. To St. Petersburg With Love

To St. Petersburg With Love e-bookIn 2010, the author of To St. Petersburg With Love was dreaming up ideas for an adventurous trip with a friend.

They debated hiring a camper or touring by car, and then came up with the idea of going by bicycle.

“It was a crazy suggestion as neither of us had cycled possibly more than 10 miles in a day for at least a decade. We were both 30- something and at that stage, shall we say built for comfort not speed”

So begins Mel’s tale of a 4,800km trip to St. Petersburg and back. The book is available from Amazon.

#2. Travelogue

TravelogueMany people think of a round-the-world bicycle trip as something that has to be done in one continuous journey but David Piper decided to divide his trip into a series of shorter journeys that eventually would take him around the globe.

Travelogue is the story of his many adventures, covering 18,610 miles through 32 countries. Also interesting is the fact that David did all of this on a racing bike with a minimum of luggage − proof that bike touring doesn’t have to include beefy bike frames, wide tires and heavily loaded bags.

David’s book is available on his website, with all proceeds going to charity.

 

#3. The Cycle Tourist

The Cycle TouristPractical advice is always welcome when setting out on a tour. The Cycle Tourist is a book that shares personal tips for booking a bicycle tour and picking out equipment.

It’s written by Australian journalist Gary Corbett and is based on his experience of participating in many guided, self-guided, bike-and-barge and long distance tours over recent years.

The book is available in Kindle format from Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted September 14th, 2013

MacPac Prophet XPDOver the summer, we were fortunate to pick up a couple rain jackets at an outlet sale. One of those was the MacPac Prophet XPD.

It’s made of eVent fabric and is actually aimed at mountain climbers. That said, we love it for cycling.

It’s waterproof of course, and has a ton of zipped pockets. The fabric is reassuringly thick and with a fleece or wool layer underneath, we’re confident that this jacket will be great in cold winter temperatures.

Perhaps our favourite feature is the hood. It’s made of a stiffened fabric that doesn’t budge an inch — even when biking straight into a head wind.

The eye-watering price tag is less pleasing. We shelled out just €100 at the outlet sale but the list price is closer to €500. Keep your eye out for clearance deals!

You might also have trouble getting ahold of it. We couldn’t find any shops that carry it online, aside from a few in New Zealand and Australia. We’ve asked MacPac for more details, and hopefully they’ll let us know if it’s available elsewhere, under another name perhaps?

Posted September 13th, 2013

For the last two years, our friend Tara (of Going Slowly bike touring fame) has been writing a cookbook just for bike tourists.

After months of hard work, Bike. Camp. Cook. is  now ready for pre-order through a Kickstarter campaign. Here’s the video that explains all about her project.

We helped Tara to edit the book in the earlier stages of her work, and we recently saw the finished result. It’s beautiful. If the recipes are half as inspiring as the photos (we’re sure they are!), the book should definitely provide you with plenty of tasty meals at your campsite in the years to come.

 

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Posted September 8th, 2013

We’ve been in Canada for the past 3 weeks, visiting family and doing a bit of camping along the way.

While there, we managed to shoot a short video of our beloved Hilleberg Nallo 3GT tent. As you can see, it’s pretty quick to set up (even when you have a ‘little helper’ to contend with) and it’s the perfect size for the three of us.

Read the full review of our tent.