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VBT Trip Leaders from New Zealand and Costa Rica

As you might imagine, we take our travels seriously at VBT. And that’s why we use only local Trip Leaders who are serious about discovery, exploration and having fun! With that in mind, we’re introducing our seriously fun Trip Leaders from two Warm Winter vacations, New Zealand: The South Island and Adventure Costa Rica!

New Zealand Vacations, New Zealand Travel, Bike New Zealand, New Zealand Tours

New Zealand – When not leading bike tours Emmily can be found snowboarding, kayaking, diving, camping, wake boarding, hiking, and of course, traveling. This native Kiwi has lived in the U.S., where she worked as a river guide and decided to make travel her career. “I have loads of fun and energy on tour,” says Emmily, and it rubs off on her travelers.

Costa Rica Travel, Costa Rica Tour, Costa Rica guide

Costa Rica – Giovanni is always on the go and often on wheels—be it a dirt bike, motorcycle, mountain bike, BMX, or rollerblades. When not rolling around Gio is very down to earth, as you might expect from someone who majored in Topography at the University of Costa Rica. From there he trained as a Naturalist Guide at the National Biodiversity Institute, and spent weekends working as a rafting guide. In 2004, he decided to “dedicate my whole time to what I love to do” and became a fulltime Trip Leader. You’ll appreciate his expertise on local fauna (especially Costa Rican birds) and the way he takes the national slogan, “pura vida” (pure life!) to heart. “We use it to say hello, thanks, how are you, but it is really an invitation to enjoy life to the fullest.”

Only A Mole Hill

VBT’s Bicycling and Walking vacations are nothing short of inspiring. But don’t just take our word for it; ask VBT Traveler, Carole D. On her recent Mississippi: The Natchez Trace biking vacation Carole was moved to craft a poem about her travels with us. Enjoy Carole’s poem below.

Only A Mole Hill

By Carole Davis

Sometimes in life you meet a friend,
Who you really want to keep.
It isn’t that they’re old or new,
Or even very deep……

Maybe it’s the pony tail,
Or a New York lawyer’s quote.
Maybe it’s an artist’s view,
Or a Winslow Homer boat.

Could it be a teacher,
Who thinks that kids are dandy,
With a warm and loving husband,
Fond of making candy?

Perhaps this “heart felt” feeling,
Has brought us to our knees.
With jokes and foreign accents,
Borscht Belt if you please.

Round they turn like a pirouette,
Dancing in the breeze,
Racing fast to claim those miles,
And he can cure a sneeze.

But many dollars she must count,
On a wedding oh so regal.
As hearty laughter rings the room
Will their papa make it legal?

This lone ranger bikes alone,
Her story still untold.
Yet she takes good care of fellow man,
Her person strong and bold.

Niece and aunt, two good friends,
Their style is not alike.
Up they go over many a hill,
Rolling on their bikes.

She’s slim and quite a biker,
Runner and athlete too.
‘Else you forget your husband,
That day you’ll surely rue!

Run like the wind is his motto.
Bike till you reach the views.
Each has a strength and a purpose,
Wife Mary is his muse.

Doug and Nichols who led our pack,
With loving, guiding hands,
Watched as we labored up those hills,
Snacking in the stands.

Last there’s the bard and her doctor,
Who wrote this little verse.
The course was long, the miles were tough,
But they never did reverse.

We’re trailing to the end, dear friends.
The day is getting dark.
We hope to meet you someday soon,
Cycling round that park.

And if the gods do join us,
On wings with VBT.
Let us bike up to that mountain top,
For all the world to see!