Tandem Touring around T-land

We did it! Yes it was hard, but yes it was fun and yes it was totally worth it!
I bet you want to see some pictures don’t you? I don’t know why I didn’t made this post sooner really. Welcome to our journey:

This is our lovely tandem bike, Daisy. We picked her up off gumtree a few months prior and gave her a beautiful face lift and paint job. Joel spent countless hours fixing up the bike and getting it into tip top condition, its amazing how much work you need to put into a touring machine like this.
And its quite surprising how many people thought it was painted as something other than a cow; such as a Zebra, Giraffe or Dalmatian (alright, I will let you get away with Dalmatian)
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^And this is everything we needed for two people on a six week camping trip strapped on! We each had one pannier for clothes, toiletries and personal items on the front and packed T-shirts that we were happy to share. On the back we had two big panniers; one for food and the other for sleeping matts cooking gear, first aid kit and everything else that could fit. On top of that sat our giant double sleeping bag (totally worth the space and weight) and the actual tent. -You might be able to spot a frisbee in there too.
On the front handlebars Joel converted an old camera bag into the perfect removable pouch to store all our valuables and gadgets so we could lock up the bike, grab the front bag and be gone.
Maybe I will write another post about packing and gear, because by gosh there is a technique to it. And during the process I became quite proud of our system.

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This is the tandem captain Joel, saying a last goodbye to the mainland.

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Breakfast in bed/inflatable sleeping mat. -Not too shabby

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This is Adam, and who would have thought we would meet someone accidentally so many times! We ran into him maybe 5 times in different places on our journey, so much that we almost expected to see him wherever we went. It was crazy.
This picture was taken at Falls Festival after all the punters had gone home. Everything the boys were wearing was scavenged from one camp site. We couldn’t believe how much waste everyone left behind -so so so many tents, mattresses, hats (as you can see), food, rubbish, clothes and just stuff. Whyyyy?!

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In the picture above you will see me with the cutest wombats I have ever seen. The photo was taken seconds after seeing the allusive Tasmanian Devil on Maria Island. There are no cars on the island so you have to walk or ride around it- Bliss.
And you cant go past miniature ponies without saying hello, right?

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What an adventure!
Did you notice that my helmet was made into a duck? I think there is a real market for novelty helmets that could be broken in to. The bill/visor was the best addition for the brutal Tasmania sun, and the googley eyes are just great. Always.

So many photos and stories, so little acceptable page space.
If you have any questions, leave them below. I’d love an excuse to do another blog on our trip.

We’re off to see Tasmania!

On a bicycle built for two.. Its only a month until we leave now, so it’s starting to get real!

Six months ago there was no way I would even consider bicycle touring around anywhere, in fact this time last year I was only just getting on my bike in the city and it scared the bejeezus out of me! So many fast cars, so many hills (at least in Brisbane, where I was at the time), so much effort, -how could anyone consider this enjoyable?
Well something changed between now and then because cycling is now my main mode of transport and I hardly bat an eyelash when some young hooligan is fangin’ it down the street in their sports car next to me.
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What a trip, so we have planned to ride down to Port Melbourne and catch a ferry across to Tasmania, then ride along the east coast for 6 weeks, stopping to volunteer at Falls Festival over new years then catching some of the Mona festival before flying home from Hobart. I have never been to Tasmania before and I’m so excited that this will be the way I first experience it, very slowly but surely.

Ive been doing a fair bit of training for this. As well as riding everywhere I can, I have been doing upper body, core and lower body workouts. Using some weights, going on some runs (until I get the inevitable side stitch), a bit of yoga here and there. Ive accidentally taken a timely break from all this over the past week so I will have to re-motivate myself and get back to it! 

Joel and I have taken the tandem and ridden on some lovely rail trails around Victoria. We usually try to ride around 40km which is what we are planning to ride per day in Tas, or about 2 hours. We have all the gadgets now, a speedometer and a little sound system to make the ride very very sweet.

So about this tandem, Joel bought it a couple of months ago, after we decided at tandem cycling around Tasmania together in my summer break would be the best idea ever! We did a whole lot of eBay/gumtree watching and finally found the perfect-ish bike! We didn’t really know much in the world of tandems, so as long as it spun it was great. Its a retro french Gitane bike, which impresses everyone who knows about bikes apparently.. Score!
Joel’s has done a lot of research since then and has been working really hard for weeks and weeks to get it to tip top condition. And my request to paint it like a cow was fulfilled, which was bucket loads of fun!

Has anyone else done a tandem cycling tour before, or cycled around Tasmania? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Watch out Tasmania, we are coming for you! (with lots and lots of love)
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Green tea bliss bombs

I’m back with another green tea recipe and this time it’s in spherical form. Join me in creating these guilt free little snacks to get you through the morning slump.

For these bliss balls you will need:

-desiccated coconut, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, quick oats, nut paste, vanilla essence, filtered water, matcha green tea powder and dates for some sweetness.

And for outer:
Coconut, bee pollen, poppy seeds and extra matcha powder.

Method: Mix all your ingredients together in whichever form you like. I whizzed mine in a blender for a few seconds then moved onto hand mixing when I realised that a blender can only get you so far..

If you like a chunky consistency you can just roughly chop the nuts and dates then mix with everything else.
Make sure the mixture feels like a sticky dough so that it holds together nicely then cover in your favourite toppings.

Pop in the fridge for 10 minutes and you are good to go. Bring some to class too woo your mates or devour them all yourself. I won’t judge.

Happy rolling! x

Soulful September

Soulful September has arrived. I have been thinking about this day for months.
I originally wanted to jump into the deep end and try to do everything with the peace and mindfulness of a zen monk but since the day has finally arrived and its not a distant dream anymore, I may have to be a bit more realistic.
So what nurtures my soul the most?

No 1. Nature. -Tomorrow I’ll be embarking on my first road trip along the iconic Great Ocean Road and getting reacquainted with my tent and the great wilderness during our camping trip in the Grampians. I’m quite lucky that this coincides with the start of Soulful September as I don’t have to put a lot of effort in to get my daily nature fix for the next few days.

No 2. Exercise. -I would love to confidently say that I will do yoga every day of September, and I will give it a shot but won’t make any promises that may cause me guilt later on.

No 3. Mindset. -On that note: stop feeling guilty -this is one of my major barriers to inner peace. I’d like to be content, or at least present at each moment. If I want to have a day to myself- feel joy in that. If I want to have a ‘lazy day’ -relax into it. Stop thinking about all the things I ‘should’ be doing and just be grateful for the opportunity that has presented.

I will start with these intentions and build onto it as we delve deeper into the month.
How will you honour yourself this September?

6 Lessons quitting sugar taught me

So as you might know, I recently completed the 8 week I QUIT SUGAR challenge.
This is my reflection of the experience:

1. Sugar is in everything

If you have ever attempted a challenge like this then you know what I mean. It is a shocking revelation and an eye opening experience to start really noticing what is in our every day foods. It is expected to have to give up deserts and a few breakfast options, but I started asking restaurants and cafes what I could eat on their dinner menu and would walk out with no options. Sugar, in your risotto? Really? In your curries? Even in your sausage rolls? What is wrong with you? What is wrong with our society? Even the ‘healthy vegan’ restaurants I went to struggled to serve me something without sugar in it.  Continue reading