Monthly Archives: April 2012

Travels through the Fiordland: A story of crazy, dumb luck (part 2)

After we kayaked the amazing Milford Sound on a day of crazy good weather (when freezing rain had been predicted), we returned to Queenstown to drop off our rental car and get ready for hiking the Routeburn Track.  The Routeburn … Continue reading

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Travels through the Fiordland: A story of crazy, dumb luck (part 1)

It’s true that New Zealand is a very beautiful, even spectacular country.  But it’s also very, very expensive, and it’s not really the best place to do a bicycle trip.  To give you a sense of why it’s so nice … Continue reading

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Life in the Fast Lane: Dunedin, The Catlins and Fiordland by Car

We left Queenstown about 12 hours after we arrived. By all accounts it is a sporty, fun, and expensive town, but we didn’t want to stick around to find out how expensive. We reserved a rental car to zoom around … Continue reading

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Fleeing to Queenstwon (Day 264) – Oturehua to Queenstown via Alexandra (again)

We woke up this morning with an itch to get out of town. We rose around 7am and made our way to the kitchen, where we found breakfast waiting for us. Well, we found sliced bread ready to be toasted … Continue reading

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Rail Trail Fail (Days 260-263) – Cromwell to Alexandra to Omakau to Oturehua and back again

We were debating whether or not to do the Otago Rail Trail ride up until the moment when we were actually doing it. We had changed our route after meeting John in Ashburton and found ourselves in a position where … Continue reading

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Kick-Ass Pass (Day 259) – Omarama to Cromwell vis Lindis Pass

R was waiting for me at the top of the Lindis Pass and said, ‘You know, that really was not hard at all.’ Had I any more strength in my heaving body, I would have punched him. I wouldn’t say … Continue reading

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Highlights of New Zealand: Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, and Meeting John

Many people we met told us to head inland from Christchurch, that the scenery gets really boring south of the city. Even our guidebook noted that heading down the coast, like we had been planning, was a bit of a … Continue reading

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Christchurch (Days 247-249) – From the Coast to Waiarua to Christchurch, New Zealand

We left Liz and Patrick’s place and headed along to the next stop on the cyclist’s circuit. The ride was lovely and we were feeling pretty good about having met some locals the day before and being invited into their … Continue reading

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We’re going to try to speed up the pace of these posts since we are shamefully far behind and long gone from New Zealand. We originally wanted to blog about everyday so that other cyclists could benefit from our experience, … Continue reading

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Getting Our Groove Back (Day 246) – Somewhere North of Kaikoura to Somewhere South of Kaikoura

R:’Please include that I was feeling very snacky today’ Done. Waking up on the beach after a full night’s rest is definitely one of the best things in life. The sun started shining with a ferocity that suggested that it … Continue reading

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