ANZAC day

Least we forget Without really trying to I have started going faster. I seem to put in the same milage and the same elevations but get to the destination earlier in the day. The thing does not bother me, I am getting to the point where, apart from some notable exceptions, I feel I have…

Dodge the rain

Walking between the raindrops As per usual it started to rain at approximately 6 in the morning. I thought it was only going to be the nuisance rain that forces me to pack the tent wet, but this time it was not. The weather has obviously changed and the autumn is shoehorning its way in…

The Bay of Islands

Beauty is there for those who can see it. The picture below was the first thing I saw this morning coming out of hibernation. It rained a bit before I got up and that meant that I was late in leaving allowing some time for the gear to dry up. When I got going though…

Northland starting to impress

Dinner with a beautiful woman Long day today but the legs have shaken off the four days of relaxation in Auckland and it went very smooth. The day started with a bit of a headache, not sure if due to the irregular sleeping pattern or to the beer that I was offered last night by…

Paragliding syndrome

Never o.d. on great, after that, good will just not do. What a strange day, I cycled for 45 miles and really saw nothing terribly memorable. The photo count was incredibly low but the advantage is that I have spent very little time editing and I’ll get extra time for reading and resting. Route 2,986,342 –…

On the move again

Intelligence from great people I am on the move again. After four days in Browns Bay I have today started the last leg of the New Zealand Tour. I will ride all the way to Cape Reinga, the northmost  point of the north island and then go back to Browns Bay for a a few…

A sort of homecoming

We’ll build a bridge across the sea and land Rain again, as soon as I was awake, it sometimes feel like it waits for me to have to pack up and then it pours down. It was short though and it did not trouble me too much. As I was packing up I felt somehow…

Getting closer

Another wet morning, followed by a sunny day. I must have got more relaxed about the weather during this trip, or perhaps I’m more comfortable with my capabilities. This morning I had to stay in bed past 8:00 and then wait till 9:00 in the kitchen before I could decamp due to continuous rain. I was…

Any water with that sir?

Water water everywhere If there is a day with an overriding theme that has to be today and the theme is water. The weather forecast for today in Puketui (campsite) was for rain from 8:00. For that reason I set the alarm for 6:30 so that, I thought, I could get all the stuff away…

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Lasciate ogni speranza o voi ch’entrate It’s time to leave Coromandel. It was a good place to come to and riding up the coast from Thame and beyond Coromandel is something I’d really recommend to anybody interested in coming to New Zealand. It rained first thing in the morning and that made the preparations to…