Kaikoura, Kaikoura, Kaikoura

Cycling Kaikoura

I put together this video late last year, shortly before the large earthquake near Hanmer Springs on the 14th November. It came out like some sort of idyllic tourism video.

Person Alex Baird, who happens to be a friend, recently posted this video on his Instagram. It shows a more recent picture of State Highway 1 in the region, as the clean-up and repair continues.

A video posted by Alex (@alexbairdnz) on

They are going well!

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Significant distance markers throughout Dunc’s Big Bike Ride

Dunc's Big Bike Ride route map

Forgive me, I am writing this more to help me than it may be of interest to you. But just in case it is of interest, here are the places I found myself at significant distances into my epic bike ride:

0km – Mission Bay Fountain, Auckland
100km – North Road, Clevedon, Auckland
250km – Manaia Road, Manaia, Coromandel
500km – Cooks Bay, Cooks Beach, Coromandel
1000km – Thornton Road, Thornton, Bay Of Plenty
1500km – Wainui Road, Gisborne
2000km – Blackhead Road, Porangahau Beach
2500km – Waikawa Marina, Waikawa, Marlborough
3000km – Golf Links Road, Amberley Beach, Canterbury
4000km – Lighthouse Road, Moeraki, Otago
5000km – Unnamed Road, Tuatapere, Southland
6000km – Haast Highway, Bruce Bay, West Coast
7000km – State Highway 6, Whangamoa, Nelson
7500km – State Highway 1, Papakowhai, Wellington
8000km – South Road, Kaupokonui, Taranaki
9000km – Whatipu/Karekare Beach, Auckland
10000km – Paihikaranui Bay, Karikari Peninsula, Northland
10915km – Mission Bay Fountain, Auckland

VIDEO: That time I cycled up Baldwin Street, Dunedin. It’s the world’s steepest residential street, you know

Dunc Wilson on Baldwin Street

One evening, during the bike ride, I called my maps man Scoot and said “hey, I’ll be in Dunedin tomorrow. Fly down?”. Seven hours later, he was on a plane from Auckland.

One caveat of his impromptu visit was that I must cycle The Bike (the one I was riding around the entire coastline of New Zealand) to the top of Baldwin Street, which just so happens to be the world’s steepest street.

It happened. You can watch my brief summation of events here (warning: contains the s-word):

Yes, look again, I cycled up there in jandals (flip-flops).

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The story of Dunc’s Big Bike Ride – writing, editing, deleting, writing some more

Dunc in France

Nearly 1/4 of 2016 has passed and I haven’t written anything for my website. I’ve had my eyes buried so deep in writing the book, that I’ve barely looked up to write anything else. That goes for emails to friends, too. Sorry.

If you’re not aware, I moved temporarily to Britain at the end of January in order to better focus on the Dunc’s Big Bike Ride book, while enjoying the company of my family and old friends. I’m not going to lie: it’s been a tough adjustment to make. Firstly, the UK was cold at the end of January, so I had huge bodily alterations to go through. Then came the longing for all that natural beauty in New Zealand, and NZ has a lot of that! They say you can only measure love when you take something away. Well, hear this: I love Aotearoa.

In between writing, editing, re-writing, deleting and writing some more, I’ve been lucky enough to visit Windermere in the Lake District, the west coast of Scotland, including the Isle of Skye, Penrith, Malvern, Luxembourg, Trier in Germany, France and an IKEA of Belgium. Never stop exploring!

Now, the book, then. The book, I think, is going well. I learnt a lot from chapter one. A heck of a lot. In fact, it will probably need re-writing for the final publication. Chapter two is much better, which I know is wrong. In order to apply for publishers, I need three mint, ready-to-go chapters, a synopsis and pitch page about the book and who will potentially purchase it (you, I hope) and a bio explaining why I am the best person for the job of writing the story of my adventure. I may not be, but I hope that I am. If no publisher wishes to take me, then I’ll go run a Kickstarter campaign to take orders for the book. Nothing wrong with that in 2016.

So far, the words of this book have been compiled in various parts of Auckland, a cafe in Melbourne, on a plane above India, in a Bangkok hotel, at my parents’ house in London, Kinlochmoidart House, Acharacle Tea Rooms, Severndroog Castle, Woolwich Library, Greenwich Yacht Club, Holborn Cafe Nero and many others. I hope to add the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and the Blackwall Tunnel to the list before it’s done.

Aside from writing, I’m posting a daily ‘throwback to’ my amazing adventure on my Instagram; a picture from every day, precisely a year behind (NZ time).

Being removed from New Zealand so cruelly has also given me a fresh perspective on potential future adventures I would like to tackle. I’m a long way from any of these right now, but do be assured the cogs have started to turn and this pony has more tricks.

Thanks for all your support last year and this. I hope your 2016 is turning out grand as they come.

Dx