The ‘Specialised’ top, bought in Perth, has survived remarkably well although much faded and about to disintegrate after 10 months of riding.
The ‘Swrve’ shorts are the second set and have lasted 6 months through both NZ and Japan. They’ve become really grubby and nothing seems to wash the filth out.
Both have been excellent kit and I’m both sad and overjoyed to be saying ‘goodbye’ to them!
The horses are resting with only two more half days of riding. I can’t quite believe it! Sapporo tomorrow.
This is still an active volcano with a smokey plume rising from a caldera to the side of the taller peak. The fields of the previous watercolours sit below.
This is the road we’ve been following for the last three days. Don’t be beguiled by the bright sunshine. It is cold and windy and feels very wild up here. We pedalled around a desolate sandy bay to come across the half eaten carcass of a beached seal.