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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream. Discover” Mark Twain
The new 2013 Ghostrider Calendar is now available for immediate download in pdf format. Simply click here to download it to your computer. The new full colour calendar features a new series of images from our 2013 rides in Bhutan and France. It not only shows all public and school holidays, but all planned Ghostrider activities for the new year ahead. Why not download it now and print it out for future reference ? You may also like to print it out to give to friends as a talking point.
You have no excuse for ever missing a favourire ride when you have ready access to all our rides for the next twelve months. !
In September 2014 the Ghostriders will be heading to Italy to undertake a brand new challenge ride. This ride will begin in with 3 nights in Florence and then proceed to Venice where we will stop for another three nights before getting back on the bikes again to follow the Adriatic Coastline through northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia to the port city of Porec. That's where we will leave the bikes and take a fast route to Dubrovnik. The total adventure will last approximately three weeks and is open to all Ghostriders, family, friends and anyone else who loves cycling and travel.The full details and itinerary for this cycling adventure are now available. If you would like to secure a place you need to get your applications in quickly. Contact me ASAP if you would like details emailed to you.
Plans for our 2014 Scandinavian and UK Coast to Coast rides are now complete. Our Scandinavian ride will take place in June 2014 and will begin in Helsinki and finish in Stockholm. In between will be 18 amazing days of cycling and sightseeing in this wonderful part of Europe. AFter the Scandinavian ride is complete we will be proceeding to the UK to complete the famous "Coast to Coast" route.
Since opening applications two weeks ago we have now received 24 applications for Scandinavia and 8 for the UK ride. This means that both trips are now full.
I am pleased to say that the last of our participants have now returned safely to Australia following the completion of our 2013 Bhutan and Thailand Cycling Adventures. This trip was memorable for all the right reasons - we had a fantastic group of participants, the logistics went without a hitch, our support staff were amazing, the hotels were much better than we expected, we survived the world's most dangerous landing (and take off) at Paro airport and we had no cycling accidents in spite of cycling hundreds of km on some of the world's worst roads. We all LOVED Bhutan and counted it a real privelege to have had the change to visit one of the world's few remaining unique cultures. The heat of Thailand was a challenge but we all prevailed in spite of the 40C and high humidity. I have returned approx 5 kg lighter than when I left so I will have to work hard to put back on the weight I have lost. As soon as I have had a chance to go through my pictures I will start posting some images of our trip.
Watch out for more details on these rides.
I am pleased to announce that our 2012 Turkish Delights and Greek Odyssey Adventures are now completed with all our our participants now safely back home in Australia. Like all our previous adventures, these latest two were full of highlights (some of them planned). In the next few weeks I will share some images and stories from our amazing experiences. Our next overseas adventure is schduled for May 2013 when we will be heading off to Bhutan on an exciting bicycling journey through the hidden kingdom in the Himalayas.
Ghostriders in Cappadocia, Turkey in September 2012.
Question: What do the places Kunming, Kathmandu, Delhi, Bangkok, Munich, Dali, Li Jiang, Jaipur, Yangshuo, Vienna, Budapest, Guilin, Paris, London, Agora, Hong Kong, Dubai, Pokhara, Passau, Santiago, Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Livingstone, Swakopmund, Johanessburg, Pretoria, Prague, Dresden, Ulm, Istanbul, Antalya, Athens, Thira, Delphi, Ephesus, Wangaratta, Thimphu, Paro, Bangkok and Warburton all have in common ?
Answer: They have all been visited by the Ghostriders in the past 7 years !
All overseas adventures are open to men and women who are fit and active with well developed senses of adventure and good sense of humour. You do not have to be an experienced cyclist but you will need to be prepared to complete a realistic training program to adequately prepare for the challenges ahead.
You can either stay at home and think of a hundred reasons why you can't go, or else you can take a step at fulfilling some of your dreams. Once the decision is made, the details have a way of taking care of themselves.
I can also arrange to meet with your cycling group to give them more information on these trips. Ring me on 03 5968 3307 for details.
In the interests of keeping this page to a manageable size I have archived some ride stories to another page. If you've got some time to spare you can read dozens of previous adventures by clicking here. E-mail messages should be sent to Dennis.
Please note that ride stories are now published in the FREE weekly newsletter - why not subscribe now ?
Click HERE for 2006 China Ride
Click HERE for 2007 China Ride
Click HERE for 2008 China Ride
Click HERE for our 2009 Himalayan Challenge and pictures
Click HERE for the 2009 Danube Ride Story
Click HERE for some pictures of the 2010 South America Challenge
2011 Ulm to Vienna Ride - see the video on YouTube
2011 Prague to Dresden - video available soon
Click HERE for the 2012 Under African Skies Story
2012 Under African Skies - African Safari (completed)
2012 "Turkish Delights" Adventure (completed)
2012 "Greek Odyssey" Adventure (completed)
2013 French Revolutions - Cycling Trip (completed)
2013 Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon -completed
2013 Thailand - Burma Railway Cycle - completed
Spectacular 10 day ride along the Otago Rail Trail and other parts of the South Island of New Zealand.
This trip is currently under development. It is planned to cycle through Sweden and Finland, with approx 8 days in each. This will be followed by an optional extension in the UK. You can register your interest now if you would like to be kept informed.
This ride will take place in September 2014 and will start in Florence. We will ride through to Venice for 3 nights sightseeing before continuing around the Adriatic Coast to Porec in Croatia. That's where the cycling will finish before we transfer to Dubrovnik where we will spend three nights to see the local sights. Applications for this trip are now open.
Did you know that we also have an e-mail mailing list? If you would like to be informed/reminded of future cycling events by e-mail just drop a request to me at the following address firstname.lastname@example.org