• Jolene

    how do bikes fit on those bus racks? are there bars or tethers of some kind? love the scenery! sorry for your mishaps, but u just remember the bad times in Texas…you will make it! when do u move on to S. Island?

    December 18, 2011
  • Joe

    You two are so inspiring. Keep it up and you might motivate me to plan a trip this summer. Living in Belgium and they have a network of paved trails here along the canals that I would love to do.

    December 18, 2011
  • Mike Stead

    I’m intrigued re the brake blocks: Was it the little screw that allows you to change just the pad, while the brake pad holder stays bolted to the arm? If so, that screw coming loose should not have mattered, as the direction the pad should slide under braking is the same direction it was inserted, i.e. it should hit the front of the brake block and stop. Unless 20 years of faffing with brakepads has turned my brain to mush 😉

    December 18, 2011
  • Mike Stead

    As always, Sheldon Brown (R.I.P) knows all: http://sheldonbrown.com/rim-brakes.html#shoe

    possibly. Unless I completely misread the problem. Anyway, it’s a great ride ahead of you down to Rotovegas. Enjoy!

    December 18, 2011
  • The Trickster

    I don’t envy you having to climb that side of Whangapoua hill, its nasty! I struggle up the other side on the roadie when I’m racing there.

    Did you have a chance to pop over to New Chums beach which is just after Whangapoua?

    While you’re in Whitianga, make sure you head over to Hot Water Beach. 😀

    Also, good news – there are definitely more hills to climb, but Whangapoua is probably the nastiest you’ve got to climb until you get to at least Rotorua.

    December 18, 2011
  • Stuart Knoles

    A tropical Portland Oregon? Those beaches look tasty. Maybe a home-stay for a few days – and savor? After all, I am vicariously on the trip.

    December 18, 2011
  • todd

    i too am intrigued about the brake failure. as mike notes, the screw shouldn’t matter to the cartridge pad staying in: braking forces should only seat the cartridge in the shoe further. unless, perhaps, the shoes were reversed right-left, such that braking force would unseat the pads… anyway it looks like you’ve replaced with solid blocks instead of cartridge pads.

    o, and it’s much more dreary in portland, trust me. it’s like portland’s march 18 there right? still not warm, but not december cold.

    December 18, 2011
  • Todd…we’re just as mystified. We’ve never lost a pad like that before…partly why we got caught unprepared.


    December 19, 2011
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  • babs

    years of US and abroad touring have NEVER brought one comment about taking my loaded bike on a ferry.
    i seek ferries-LOVE ferries, consider them the one bike friendly mode of transportation available. ferries have passenger, car, and bike rates…where is this that you have had a problem?

    December 20, 2011

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