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    Archive for April, 2008

    Day 752 – Lift to Golden Bay

    Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

    0 km etc.

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    Day 751 – Rest day in Nelson

    Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

    Photos will come…

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    Day 750 – Murchison -> Nelson (family acc, campervan!)

    Monday, April 28th, 2008

    Murchison -> Nelson (family acc, campervan!)
    Distance (km) : 122
    Time on bike : 6h 32m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 17.15
    Avg : 16.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 65.3
    Total (km) : 30.291

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    Day 749 – Westport -> Murchison (wild camp, memorial park)

    Sunday, April 27th, 2008

    Westport -> Murchison (wild camp, memorial park)
    Distance (km) : 101
    Time on bike : 5h 55m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 17.10
    Avg : 17.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 56.7
    Total (km) : 30.169

    Mohammed from Iran

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    Day 748 – Greymouth -> Westport (wild camp)

    Saturday, April 26th, 2008

    Greymouth -> Westport (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 103
    Time on bike : 5h 42m
    Brutto time: 09.10 – 17.30
    Avg : 18.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 54.3
    Total (km) : 30.068!

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    Day 747 – Rest in Greymouth

    Friday, April 25th, 2008

    Greymouth (daytrip: 12 km)

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    Day 746 – Hari Hari -> Greymouth (hostel, world class)

    Thursday, April 24th, 2008

    Hari Hari -> Greymouth (hostel, world class)
    Distance (km) : 116
    Time on bike : 6h 25m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 17.00
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 48.7
    Total (km) : 29.953

    Album of the Day: You Are the Quarry – Morrissey

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    Day 745 – Franz Josef Glacier -> Hari Hari (wild camp)

    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

    Franz Josef Glacier -> Hari Hari (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 65
    Time on bike : 3h 42m
    Brutto time: 13.00 – 17.00
    Avg : 17.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 52.7
    Total (km) : 29.837

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    Day 744 – Franz Josef Glacier rest / walking day

    Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

    Franz Josef Glacier rest / walking day
    Day trip: 10 km

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    Day 743 – Fox Glacier -> Franz Josef Glacier (hostel)

    Monday, April 21st, 2008

    Fox Glacier -> Franz Josef Glacier (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 33
    Time on bike : 2h 10m
    Brutto time: 07.55 – 14.00
    Avg : 15.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 57.6
    Total (km) : 29.762

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    Day 742 – Lake Paringa -> Fox Glacier (wild camp, rugby field)

    Sunday, April 20th, 2008

    Lake Paringa -> Fox Glacier (wild camp, rugby field)
    Distance (km) : 80
    Time on bike : 4h 17m
    Brutto time: 09.45 – 16.00
    Avg : 18.8 km/h
    Max.speed: ?
    Total (km) : 29.730

    Thought of the Day: (it ain’t much, I know…)

    This whole experience gives me an immense belief and trust in humanity. A trust that comes from countless social encounters around the world rather than from the clever lines of a book.

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    Day 741 – Pleasant Flat -> Lake Paringa (wild camp)

    Saturday, April 19th, 2008

    Pleasant Flat -> Lake Paringa (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 98
    Time on bike : 5h 10m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 16.45
    Avg : 18.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 58.4
    Total (km) : 29.649

    To be free is to be capable of thinking one’s own thoughts – not the thoughts merely of the body, or of society, but thoughts generated by one’s deepest, most original, most essential and spiritual self, one’s individuality – Rudolf Steiner

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    Day 740 – Wanaka -> Pleasant Flat (wild camp)

    Friday, April 18th, 2008

    Wanaka -> Pleasant Flat (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 99
    Time on bike : 6h 0m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 17.30
    Avg : 16.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 66.3
    Total (km) : 29.551

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    Day 739 – Queenstown -> Wanaka (wild camp)

    Thursday, April 17th, 2008

    Queenstown -> Wanaka (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 82
    Time on bike : 5h 20m
    Brutto time: 10.25 – 17.00
    Avg : 15.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 63.1
    Total (km) : 29.452

    Tune of the Day: Now At Last – Feist

    Photos will come…

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    Day 738 – The Golden Poplars

    Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

    (UK only – photos to come)

    A lovely and – dare I say – welldeserved restday in Queenstown. Apart from a pre-noon walk through the autumn colours in the Botanic Garden, and a long wander in the supermarket while “offer scanning” all the alleys and shelves (‘cos nothing escapes me in the world of bargains, as you’d know by now), I don’t really do an awful lot today. The poplars are beautiful this time of the year. Golden and healthy to look at.

    I hang out most of the evening at the hostel, eating, talking to random travellers who are doing exactly the same, eating, drinking tea, wathching some dumb movie, eating. That sort of stuff…And all this while mentally enjoying not being on the move today, enjoying less input than the normal nomadic bicycle life offers.

    The bed’s soft. The sounds of my room mate’s loud snoring, well, different from the one-man silence that I’m used to in my own polyester world, that is my tent. Kind of cosy, those sounds of dreams…

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    Day 737 – Garston -> Queenstown (hostel)

    Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

    Garston -> Queenstown (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 66
    Time on bike : 3h 20m
    Brutto time: 09.10 – 14.00
    Avg : 20.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 57.6
    Total (km) : 29.371

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    Day 736 – Te Anau -> Garston (wild camp)

    Monday, April 14th, 2008

    Te Anau -> Garston (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 109
    Time on bike : 5h 15m
    Brutto time: 10.15 – 17.00
    Avg : 20.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 49.2
    Total (km) : 29.304

    The village of Garston finds pride in the title “New Zealand’s most inland village”…

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    Day 735 – Upper Eglinton -> Te Anau (wild camp)

    Sunday, April 13th, 2008

    Upper Eglinton -> Te Anau (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 76
    Time on bike : 3h 45m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 16.00
    Avg : 20.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 49.2
    Total (km) : 29.194

    Tune of the Day: Uri Geller – The Wannadies (It rocks too. Sweden made!)

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    Day 734 – Milford Sound -> Upper Eglinton (wild camp)

    Saturday, April 12th, 2008

    Milford Sound -> Upper Eglinton (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 33
    Time on bike : 1h 44m
    Brutto time: 15.00 – 17.15
    Avg : 19.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 67.6
    Total (km) : 29.118

    Words of Doubtful Wisdom…

    Drying your wet tent in the misty, Kiwi morning is like everlasting love – you just can’t hurry it!

    – WT Philosophy in Milford Sound

    Tune of the Night: Rocket Brothers – Kashmir (It rocks. DK made)

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    Day 733 – Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

    Friday, April 11th, 2008

    Te Anau -> Milford Sound (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 123
    Time on bike : 7h 40m
    Brutto time: 08.35 – 19.00
    Avg : 16.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 74.8 !
    Total (km) : 29.085

    Some people say you oughtta do one thing every day that scares you. Deciding to leave Lake Gunn and head up the mountains – a vertical climb of 600m followed by a 900m drop – and into Milford Sound at 4.30 pm, after 80 km and 5½ hours on the bike already, with the sun setting and the temperature dropping quickly, well, that was my scare of the day.

    Tune of the Day: Inverno – Adriana Calcanhotto

    Camp in a memorial park in Te Anau.

    Pre-noon cycling along beautiful Lake Te Anau...

    Lake Mistletoe, Milford Sound N.P.

    Milford Sound Road...

    Hobbit Country...

    Nature close-up in Milford Sound...

    More Hobbit Territory...

    Milford Sound Road and Eglinton Valley

    Beauty in Southland Nat. Park

    Lookout from Milford Sound Road...

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    Day 732 – Tuatapere -> Te Anau (wild camp)

    Thursday, April 10th, 2008

    Tuatapere -> Te Anau (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 103
    Time on bike : 6h 05m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 17.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 57.6
    Total (km) : 28.962

    Tune of the Day: Straight Up – Paula Abdul

    Clifden Suspension Bridge

    The Koga and the river...

    Animal Planet

    Sweet cycling south of Te Anau. NZ South Island.

    Lake Manapouri.

    Looking angry for no apparent reason, huh?

    Lake Te Anau, sunset.

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    New Photos in the Diary…

    Thursday, April 10th, 2008

    Days 715 – 721 are now equipped with photos from my first leg of this NZ journey.

    You know where to find them, I suppose…

    Sun’s shining – gotta go. The bike’s getting impatient.

    All good…

    Nicolai

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    Day 731 – The Dutch Encounter…

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

    0 km etc.

    Another rest day…This time in tiny Tuatapere…

    Saar preparing the yummy oat meal in Tuatapere, South Island, NZ.

    At the yearly live-stock market in Tuatapere, NZ.

    At the yearly live-stock market in Tuatapere, NZ.

    At the yearly live-stock market in Tuatapere, NZ.

    Cafe in Tuatapere...

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    Day 730 – Invercargill -> Tuatapere (hostel)

    Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

    Invercargill -> Tuatapere (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 86
    Time on bike : 4h 46m
    Brutto time: 10.25 – 16.00
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 43.8
    Total (km) : 28.858

    It's all about farming...Tuatapere, NZ

    Saar and I at the pub in Tuatapere.

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    Day 729 – Rest day in Invercargill

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Busy backpacker's in Invercargill...

    Invercargill boutique...

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    Day 728 – A Different (wet!) Birthday

    Sunday, April 6th, 2008

    Waikawa Bay -> Invercargill (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 88
    Time on bike : 5h 33m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 17.30
    Avg : 15.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 50.0
    Total (km) : 28.772

    Petrified forest at Curio Bay, The Catlins, NZ.

    On my birthday, 06APR1976 I passed this sign on the Catlins, NZ.

    Pretty windy out here, ehh?

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    Day 727 – Nugget Point -> Waikawa Bay (wild camp)

    Saturday, April 5th, 2008

    Nugget Point -> Waikawa Bay (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 88
    Time on bike : 5h 30m
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 18.30
    Avg : 15.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 66.5
    Total (km) : 28.684

    Morning camp at the Nugget Point, The Catlins, NZ.

    The European Trio brushing teeth...Nugget Point, NZ.

    Up-up-up...Keep smiling!

    Place of the Canoe....Proud towns here in NZ...

    The Catlins, the bottom of NZ's South Island

    Pretty waterfall on The Catlins Scenic Drive...

    Movimiento...

    Bridge over non-troubled water...

    River + ocean

    Great coastal scenery along the Catlins...South Island, NZ.

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    Day 726 – Dunedin -> Nugget Point (wild camp)

    Friday, April 4th, 2008

    Dunedin -> Nugget Point (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 122
    Time on bike : 7h 26m
    Brutto time: 10.30 – 20.00
    Avg : 16.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 78.3 (yihaa!)
    Total (km) : 28.596

    River mouth near Brighton, south of Dunedin. NZ.

    Black swans at a river mouth near Brighton, south of Dunedin. NZ.

    Top speed of the day...

    Sheep territory, south of Dunedin. NZ

    Smooth!

    Agricultura...

    Kaka Point, SE NZ.

    Penguins at the Nugget Point...SE corner of the South Island, NZ.

    Sunset from my wild camp in Nugget Point.

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    Day 725 – Rest day in Dunedin

    Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

    Dunedin city scene...

    Dunedin church...

    Plaque in Dunedin...

    Manor House Backpacker's in Dunedin...

    I just couldn't stop myself in the supermarket...

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    Day 724 – Palmerston -> Dunedin (backpacker’s)

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

    Palmerston -> Dunedin (backpacker’s)
    Distance (km) : 60
    Time on bike : 4h 20m
    Brutto time: 09.55 – 16.30
    Avg : 13.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 51.3
    Total (km) : 28.475

    Bike knix and wollen socks!

    Nice cycling north of Dunedin, NZ

    A sight far too common around here. Dead possums everywhere!

    Otago Peninsula in the background. N of Dunedin, NZ

    Otago Peninsula, Dunedin...

    Cutie in Dunedin...

    The World's Steepest Street. Dunedin.

    The World's Steepest Street. Dunedin.

    The Railway Station in Dunedin - one of the most photographed biuldings in NZ, they say...

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    Day 723 – Oamaru -> Palmerston (camper van, free)

    Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

    Oamaru -> Palmerston (camper van, free)
    Distance (km) : 70
    Time on bike : 4h 48m
    Brutto time: 11.30 – 18.00
    Avg : 14.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 61.7
    Total (km) : 28.414

    Oamaru city park camp.

    Moeraki Boulders, south of Oamaru. NZ.

    Kind of content with my new helmet!

    Updating myself in Palmerston...

    In the campervan, invited by Ischa, a Dutch girl I met in Palmerston, Sth Island, NZ.

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