The Riding the Long White Cloud post

Below, in 5 parts, you should hopefully find a film of a muscle-powered tour that a group of skateboard enthusiasts undertook in New Zealand one summer. My idea was to use the trip as a speculative platform from which to investigate what life might be like in a post-industrial society. That is to say a society whose main fuel source has been depleted to the point of being scarce and expensive. Please let me know in the comments if this objective is not clear from the film. Thankyou.

The End. Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

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  3. Really enjoyed this. When it showed you lot starting out, all I could think was "they won't be riding in the middle of the road like that for long"…. and sure enough, you were soon (rightly) freaking out about the piss-taking truck drivers and the hills and the rain and the shitty, shitty gravel roads. NZ just doesn't have the cycle tracks, rambler's walkways, or anything that you'd expect if you come from Europe. It's farmland, with a highway going through it, covered in trucks.

    1. Glad you liked it. Many thanks for watching. Hope to do another mission somewhere soon.

  4. Bahahahaha! They sent the plans in inches but made the park in centre meters! That's farkin gold!

  5. Holy Shit!…..I saw the trailer for this a while back, I believe…..and just watched the whole thing. Well… I am a skateboarder of 20(ish) years and an avid bicycle rider and a resisent of Montana (mountains and hot springs) and on top of all of that , a "career musician/music producer" (great soundtrack)… this film spoke directly to me . I should have been on this trip !!!! Very inspiring stuff. It just reminds me of why I have been on my own path…. and helps reinforce to me why I need to continue doing so. Hell Yes!! Excellent work fella's.

  6. Fantastic! The two things I love most (besides being with my family) riding bikes and skateboarding! Beautifully filmed, the guys in it are great skaters, and the commentary was the icing on the cake. I hope to do something like this if I can find the right guys to embark on such an adventure with. Thank you.

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  8. Well done; I really enjoyed watching this. I've done a few shorter trips like this myself, and have also ridden some freight trains with board in tow. It really makes me want to make one more trip before the warm weather has entirely dissipated. Apparently someone just came out with a pannier made to carry a skateboard, which I have been wanting for quite some time, also.

  9. Enjoyed this a lot, beautifully put together, really communicated what you guys were feeling, looks like a lot of fun.

  10. wow. that was a great film. all objectives of the film aside, this was a great travel piece, really made me want to do something like that in the future. Its good to see that you can get out there and enjoy scenary such as new zealand in such a unique way and still skate. Thanks for sharing this, definately one of the best things i have seen in a while

  11. Hi,
    I've been thinking of biking new zealand just like this and was wondering what sort of bikes were rode in this film.


    1. HiRebekah,I rode a Marin Novato, which I love. I suffered no punctures and it was good for going over the dirt tracks on the Coromandel. The others rode a variety of road bikes, specialized, bianchi etc. You could do it on a unicycle if you wanted, but I'd say basically whatever you're comfortable riding that has a few gears will be fine. Take spare tubes and a couple of chain links just incase.Best of luck.Sent from wherever

  12. Hi John,
    Great work dude, been sharing your travels with some keen endurance cyclists here at home and they wondered if you have a taste for it? Cross country, offroad from the 'deen to Oban? Right up your road now dude!

    With regards to the commentary, I reckon there's a calling for you in a future life.
    Oh, and alex sure make's it look good doesn't he!

    Much love and props to padded shorts!


  13. Nice film John, would love to do something like that with the kids on the back of the bikes!

  14. I have to admit the sustainable travel thing was a pretty loose part of the plan. The main objective was to go to New Zealand and skate and ride bikes and relax in hot springs. Then there's the whole issue of how we could possibly even be in New Zealand if fuel really was in desperately short supply. Sail boat? Canoe? Long haul flights don't generally reduce individual carbon footprints as far as I'm aware do they?
    Anyway, glad you like the film and nice work on the carry strap.

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