2012 has been a good year for us. It is, quite possibly, the only year I haven’t seriously contemplated giving up this bicycle touring gig.
The year began on the hazardous Chinese highways (with a missing passport no less!) and comes to a close on an alpaca farm in the Southlands region of New Zealand.
We covered some 20,000 kilometers in eleven countries on two continents and have faced the usual challenges—headwinds and heat, crazed and contemptible drivers, days in the saddle far too long for comfort.
Those trying times have been quickly forgotten as serendipity intercepted to bring good things our way. By things, what I really mean is people. Fleeting interactions with folks that boost morale and leave a positive mark on our lives. Strangers that become friends.
Yes, 2012 has been one of the best bicycle touring years yet. And here are a few of the highlights.
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