Episode 63 – Viivi Rissanen: Bikepacking Adventures through Europe and New Zealand

This episode features guest Viivi Rissanen who enjoys nothing more than taking adventures on two wheels.  We chat about why she chose the bicycle as the way to explore and her early introduction to cycle touring.  From shorter day trips to longer ones such as her bicycle tour from London to Posnan. 

In 2023 Viivi took a bikepacking trip through New Zealand from north to south –  a land of untamed beauty and unpredictable weather. Facing the elements head-on, Viivi cycled the Tour Aotearoa, navigating from the lush subtropical rainforests of the North Island to the majestic, snow-capped peaks of the South Island.

Viivi Rissanen cycled the length of New Zealand from North to South

Viivi was undeterred by torrential rains and the chill of winter, and her story is one of quiet confidence and self-reliance. From the sandy expanse of 90 Mile Beach to the arid plains of Canterbury,  along the way, she encountered generous strangers, tackled unforeseen challenges, and found joy in the simple act of moving forward, one day at a time.

I enjoyed Viivi’s reflections on her tour and her approach – prioritising the experience over speed and fancy gear – serves as an inspiring reminder that the greatest adventures often lie in the journey itself, not just the destination.

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