Out now: The Road, a photo book

RD-2013-05-23-1848-02-2

The Road – England to New Zealand by Bicycle

(June 2013)

180 pages, 8 x 10 inch landscape format. 180 photographs and 3000 words.

We’re excited to announce that ‘The Road’ is now available, a photo book documenting our 17,000 mile bicycle journey from England to New Zealand.

Both the journey and the creation of the book have been real labours of love – 20 months spent cycling and 6 months spent compiling photographs and stories on wide format spreads.

The final stage has involved investigating print on demand services and paper types, before eventually deciding on a combination able to produce a book that looks and feels great in the hand. I have the first couple of printed books here in front of me and we’re delighted with the finished product! Sitting down with a book of printed photographs is a completely different experience to viewing them onscreen, and one I really enjoy.

The print version is available as a softcover book and can be shipped worldwide. The eBook version is delivered as a high resolution PDF file which looks great on computers, iPads, iPhones etc. Both versions contain the same content, and for anyone interested in obtaining a copy, ordering details can be found below. We hope you enjoy it!

Print version £49.45 + p&p                             Add to Cart

eBook version (PDF) £3.99                             Add to Cart

RD-2013-05-23-1922-15

Coming soon: The Road, a photo book

RD-2013-05-23-1848-02-2

The Road – England to New Zealand by Bicycle

(June 2013)

180 pages, 8 x 10 inch landscape format. 180 photographs and 3000 words.

I’m super excited to have finally finished work on ‘The Road’, a photo book documenting the 17,000 mile bicycle journey Rebecca and I undertook from England to New Zealand.

I’ve always felt that the photographs from that trip deserved better than to be left on a hard drive, and a photo book is the perfect way to turn this collection of images into something tangible.

It’s a big book – 180 photographs and 3000 words – and I can’t wait for the test copy that I’ve just ordered to arrive so I can hold it in my hands! It’ll be available in a month or so for anyone that wants a copy, both as an 8 x 10 inch landscape format 180 page book and an ebook version. More details to come.

Coming soon!

RD-2013-05-23-1922-15

A quick update

It’s been 7 months since we finished cycling (time has flown!) and as there are still quite a few people subscribing to this blog feed I thought I’d post a quick update.

Firstly, we’re both still loving being back home and have had fun settling back into normal life in Putney, London.  I was slightly worried pre-trip that we’d end up being scraggy-haired hippies who would have to sleep outdoors to feel ‘at home’, but fortunately that’s not the case.

The video footage we took in Australia and New Zealand still hasn’t seen the light of day.  We always planned to make videos for the final two countries and maybe even a full trip summary, but I’m ashamed to say we haven’t gotten round to it…pester Bex (chief video maker!) if you want to see them!

We have no plans to write a book about the trip (one of the top 10 questions asked) but I have been working on a photobook. It’s still a work-in-progress thanks to some impressive procrastination and a million and one distractions here in London, but it WILL get finished!  I’ll post details on this blog as and when it’s finished, just in case anyone other than me and my mum are interested in reading it.

Finally, I’m still taking photos and have started posting new shots to http://ryandaviesphoto.com.  If you’re interested in getting the semi-occasional updates as I post them, you can subscribe via email box here.

Cheers!

RDP_shortcut_black

Hello England!

With only two days left until we are back home, our thoughts have turned to organising parties…

We are having a casual welcome home party at Ryan’s parents’ house in Henley on Sunday 29th April from 3pm, for anyone and everyone that wants to come and say hi and can make it to Henley please feel free to drop in for a drink. Please email if you need directions etc.

Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, and putting some faces to names at last!

North Island, New Zealand

Soaked in grime, frazzled and with only an inch of sunlight left in the sky we arrived in Auckland on Thursday 22nd March…and I still can’t quite believe it. We haven’t had time yet to talk about how we feel now that we have finished, so it just seems rather surreal right now. For over two years our thoughts and actions have been almost entirely swallowed up by this goal we set ourselves, and suddenly we are here! WAHOO! I feel like I can finally let out the huge breath I’ve been holding for so long. We actually did it, phew.

I’ve been trying to remember when we decided to attempt such a big cycle ride. Looking back now I realise I didn’t actually have a bike at the time (but I could buy one) and hadn’t actually ridden one in about ten years (pah! no matter) and actually, thinking about it, had I ever ridden further than a 5km radius from school? I clearly went through some sort of thought process, and used some sort of intelligent rationale to decide that, yes, I could ride a bike to New Zealand.

It has been so much more than I could have imagined. I feel like I have fallen in love with the world, and everyone in it. It’s just so bloomin’ beautiful, and filled with extraordinarily generous people. Each country we’ve visited has surprised us with its hospitality towards two crazy cyclists and I feel lucky to have learnt about so many different cultures first hand.

————————————————————————————————————-

Our final days were spent cycling up the North Island to Auckland. The road out of Wellington was busy with no hard shoulder so we opted to cycle along the beach instead. The beach was deserted and we made good progress close to the waves where the sand was densely packed.

Approaching Wanganui we had a crazy headwind which made progress painfully slow, but we were staying with a friend’s parents that evening and soon after arriving at their home we were surrounded by food, drinking wine and enjoying a wonderful evening – it made me think of all the days we’ve spent slogging away with nothing but a tent for comfort…life is so much easier with friends around!

The following day we’d scheduled 120km to Ohakune which would normally be tolerable but there was huge amount of climbing to do so when we arrived 10 hours later we were barely able to speak…our hectic schedule in New Zealand was catching up with us hard and fast. We stayed with Bruce and Bev who nursed us back to health with lots of food and rest, but we desperately wanted to have a day off.  Time was running out before our flights though, so once more we hauled ourselves back on the bikes the next morning and kept on going. The roads in this part of the island were beautiful, and the New Zealand sunshine even popped out from time to time.

We had places to stay throughout the North Island which was wonderful, but it also meant that we couldn’t be flexible with our daily distances and when the weather took a turn for the worse we were left battling into strong headwinds and rain on more than one occassion. We were socialising every night and cycling every day so it was a bit difficult to recover and we have both been feeling pretty exhausted.  Fortunately in Cambridge we stayed with a few rowers who go to bed even earlier than us (!!!!) so that helped a little.

We had started to fantasise about the end by this point, with only a few days left to go. Much of the cycling over the last few days went past in a very wet and cold blur. Unable to look up from the hard shoulder and soaked to the core I probably missed out on some good views, but my memories are of the families we stayed with. We’ve been so well looked after over the last few weeks, it would take the world’s longest ever blog to detail every experience but we want to thank the following for their amazing hospitality: Justin & Emma, Allan & Liz, Bruce & Bev, Harriet, Richard & Rosie, Kristin, Emma, Rebecca & Michael, Nancy & Martin, Lorna & Kate. What a list! And that’s just for the North Island!

And so after a few days spent in Auckland, we left New Zealand last Monday. Ryan flew to a wedding in Arizona, while I had one last thing I wanted to do to make the trip complete. For those that have followed us from the start you might remember that I was gutted by a knee injury in Germany, and missed some cycling between Antwerp and Munich. I keep picturing my little tyre track trundling across the world map we carry with us… and there is a little break at the beginning and I HATE it.

I know it seems stupid, but there you go, I’m competitive and like to do things properly. So I made the choice to pedal back home from Munich. My Dad has heroically volunteered to cycle with me from Munich to Dusseldorf, so I’m beyond excited about that (thanks Dad!) – I get to spend some quality time with him AND fill in my missing tracks.

It feels fitting to pedal back home too, rather than flying and being collected from the airport in a car. I’m meeting Ryan in Holland so we can have a few days cycling back to England together. We arrive back at my mum’s house in Cambridge on the 21st April – IT’S PARTY TIME!

More New Zealand photos are here.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,169 other followers