About Detours

Getting ready to cross Golden Gate bridge

We have had a lot of fun doing our own thing, making our own plans, finding our own way and in the process discovering places we probably would not have.

While in our fifties, we spent many years  cruising around the coastline of northern New Zealand. It was a great time but as we started to find ourselves regularly venturing back to the same places we decided that it was time to branch out in our activities. Walking or hiking was added, then we rediscovered cycling, got wings and started to venture further afield.

After an 800km series of bike rides through Germany and France in 2013  we  quit our full time jobs in June 2015 and spent the next six months on the road. More biking, walking and just discovering different places. We have now relocated to a smaller town and also have the time to enjoy other aspects of life including volunteering, particularly in the area of habitat restoration and digital communications.

In 2017 we are taking time to tour our own country and then aiming to head back to South East Asia for a little more soft adventure on foot and bikes.

The blog name is Detours and while this was meant of the traveling variety, life also has many detours off the main highway of life. Life is shorter than we think and we need to make the most of it now, tomorrow will one day not come along.


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2 thoughts on “About Detours

  1. Oh how I applaud you both for making this leap! We too cut the apron strings that tied us down and have been enjoying the freedom to explore one corner of the world at a time. I’m sorry our time in Amsterdam does not overlap. It would have been wonderful to meet both of you. I see you have plans to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Any chance you will head further south and come to Los Angeles? Wishing you safe, fun and inspiring travels. May your detour be all you dreamed it would be!


    1. Thanks. This time we are just breaking our flight for four days, found the 30 hour non stop journey to Frankfurt in 2013 a little too tough. happy travels


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