Rolling Tales: Justin & Emma hit the road

Screenshot-6It’s a big day for Justin and Emma: two New Zealanders who are leaving their home in London this weekend for a bike trip that will last at least 6 months and possibly a lot longer.

The journey starts with a ferry to north-west Spain. From there, they’ll cycle to Turkey and then decide if they want to tackle more exotic destinations like Central Asia or Eastern Europe before taking on China and South East Asia.

Despite these adventurous plans, Emma and Justin’s love affair with touring started with much simpler trips. On basic commuter bikes, they did a series of short trips along London’s inner-city canals and then longer jaunts out of London and along Hadrian’s Wall.

“We talked about the possibility of a bigger trip quietly at first. We were on a train in England somewhere and we sketched a rudimentary map which plotted our way towards Russia. We sat in the British Library with a pile of books about cycle touring,” Emma writes on their website, Rolling Tales.

“Our cycling trips became more ambitious, and we tested our enthusiasm for the idea by cycling the length of the UK (Lands End to John O’Groats) over three weeks in 2009. We saved, bought books on the topic, started researching bikes, equipment and possible routes. After 6 years living away from New Zealand we decided it was time to pack up London lives, quit jobs and go.”

All the best to Emma and Justin as they set off on their big adventure. We’ll be following along on their Rolling Tales website to see what fun they get up to.


  1. Justin+Emma
    8th April 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi guys

    Thanks for the story you posted about our trip now more than two weeks under way and the warm up leg around Picos is finished. Tomorrow we start heading East from Bilbao not long till we hit Pyrenees and I think its still going to be a tad snowy on the higher passes.

    Hope all is well with you.

    Bye for now
    Justin + Emma

  2. Ingrid
    6th May 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi Friedel,
    You won’t be surprised if I tell you that tomorrow night Rolling Tales Emma and Justin will arrive and stay for a couple of days with us, right?

    • friedel
      7th May 2010 at 5:54 am #

      How great to hear! They are wonderful people so I’m sure you are going to have a great time together. Enjoy!

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