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The Old Ghost Road in New Zealand. Writer Andrew Bain discovered cycling on a 14-month, 20,000-kilometre bike trip around Australia and he went on to pedal across large parts of Europe, Asia, North America and New Zealand including five months towing his children across Europe in trailers.
"I’ve pedalled tens of thousands of kilometres across large portions of the world, absorbing the planet and its magic in ways that simply aren’t possible cocooned inside a motorised vehicle," he writes in his new book Ultimate Cycling Trips World ."But it’s also true, as in all facets of life, that some bike rides are simply better than others, carrying you to places where wonder trumps weariness, into the lives of towns and villages, or down roads and tracks that flow as naturally as streams."His experience and those of other cyclists in the book features 35 handpicked destinations for the best slow travel on two wheels here and overseas.Akin to naming a favourite child Bain singles out the Old Ghost Road in New Zealand as a particular favourite."People tend to think of mountain biking as being about quick squirts of energy and adrenaline, but this 85 kilometre crossing of the mountains behind Buller Gorge is the longest stretch of singletrack in the country and shows that mountain biking too can have a sense of journey."Manali to Leh (India) is another firm favourite, crossing four […]